Springtime: The East direction

It’s Springtime! The East direction and its meaning

Hello all!

I know I am a few days late as Spring was officially here over a week ago….But the change of spring timeseasons within the Native culture is important so I wanted to discuss it here. This is a short post as I have covered some of this in my post about the medicine wheel. But let us look at what Spring is, when seen from the East direction.


The Eastern Journey of Spring

Ah Spring! For some of you it means the melting of the snow, the flowers peeking out from the ground, the warmth of the sun getting stronger, the smell of blooming trees in the air. Or it means allergies for some others…lol! But over all, our relations in nature awaken, communicate with us, the birds are singing, the animals are out and about, the trees are green and lush, the sky is blue (generally…). Our cousins, brothers and sisters are alive! There is a fresh smell in the air (not always a good smell but a smell nonetheless). sunlight

The Medicine Wheel and yellow

If we think back about the concept of the Medicine wheel, which is divided in 4 quadrants, East, South, West and North, we know that the East direction is associated with Spring. As well as with the color yellow, the color of the sunlight and of spring. The East direction is also the direction of childhood, of new beginnings. It is where we begin our journey in the cycle of life, where we enter the physical world. It is the direction of the first light, of light of Mother Earth. I am sure you have heard the expression “spring cleaning”, which when one thinks about it, is a new beginning. We get rid of the old, of the excess baggage and start fresh. Spring time, in the East direction is a new beginning, of ourselves but also of nature all around us.

Magnolia trees

With new beginnings come changes in our lives. I personally see it as a more appropriate time for our “new year resolutions”. As it is a time of rebirth in a sense, where as a child we come from the spiritual world into the physical world. That’s one heck of a change! But it’s a more natural transition than it seems. Just like death is, as I see it not as death but rather a change of worlds. We leave the physical world to return to the spiritual world. But I digress…My point is use the East direction as a time of change, a time of improvement, a time to start new projects. Use the East direction to look at how you can find balance within your life, how you can overcome challenges. How you can connect with nature more, a nature which is waking up. forest creekGrow your own herbs, your vegetables, plant flowers to brighten your days. Smell the roses as they say! Embrace your new beginning!



I leave you with two quotes, which I love. The first one is from Chief Dan George, a Coast Salish chief from the Burrard Inlet in BC, Canada (where I am :)).

May the starts carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears and above all may silence make you strong.

The second one is from Ten Bears, a Yamparika Comanche chief.

My heart is filled with joy when I see you here, as the brook fills with water, when the snows melt in the spring, and I feel glad as the ponies are when the fresh grass starts in the beginning of the year.

Happy Spring everyone!

12 thoughts on “Springtime: The East direction

  1. Claire

    Happy spring to you too, Emily! I love this time of year, both for it’s natural beauty and what it stands for.
    I’ll be doing some ‘spring cleaning’ this weekend and will get out in the garden and tidy that up too, if weather permits.
    P.S. loving the blossom image – seeing that was a great way to start the day 🙂

  2. Sarah

    Wow this article is amazing!
    I’m going to show it to my mom, for she is part native American (of the Algonquins tribe) and as a consequence so am I. =)
    I’ve always been fascinated with native Americans : their culture, medecine, spirituality and wisdom.
    And I’m also a plant/flower/nature/essential oils lover… so this article is just a great mix of everything I love!
    It reminded me of this particular and delightful moment yesterday, when in between two articles that I was writing on my website, I went outside for a quick walk in the garden, and I found myself face to face with the most beautiful tulip. The first tulips of the year! And I thought to myself “Oh how I love spring!”. Thank you for this refreshing article and all the best to you! cheers =)

  3. Claudio

    Spring – my favorite time of the year. I enjoy flowers blooming, grass growing, birds singing, and the warmer, longer days. I never thought of making resolutions in the spring time, but it makes sense…as it is a general waking up of nature. Thanks for this inspiration!

  4. Kinya

    I think we’re wired to respond to seasons in different ways. Whenever it’s winter we want to curl up in our beds and not come out. Everything is asleep so we get lazy. But when it’s spring, everything is waking up, so we are too. It’s when we decide we want to do something new, so we do spring cleaning, or tackle something we’ve always wanted to do.

    At least that’s how I feel from my experiences. People are nicer in spring. The weather is nicer. Our surroundings are colorful and beautiful. We get cheerful, even if we don’t like the sun (I know I don’t). Nice to see that my musings are correct, at least from a Native American standpoint. 🙂

    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Kinya
      I agree I also think we react differently to the different seasons. Spring is a time where everything is alive, we come alive too!

  5. Aikaterini Markakis

    Hello! This is such a great post! Spring is when the year starts for me! It literally transforms me into a happier and more productive human being! It is that time of the year that I start taking serious decisions and start acting towards achieving my goals! I didn’t know all that about Native Americans and spring!
    Your post is so inspirational as always and I so thank you for sharing!


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