Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowers and Spring and so associated with fertility and new beginnings. Her festival, the Floralia, is held at the beginning of May and involves flowers, dancing, and drinking.
I picture her waking up from her grassy bed and stretching as the sun's rays alight behind her. I see Flora as all that is good and sweet about Spring. I can imagine her smelling like clean rain and fresh flowers. I see her dancing around a field of flowers, happy to be uninhibited by winter snows and cold winds.
Flora is the one that playfully coaxes the blossoms to appear on the trees and the flowers to timidly shoot out of the ground. I can see her dancing through the countryside and gardens, singing and dancing and encouraging the seeds to awaken. Laughter follows her wherever she goes. I see her taking my hands and spinning me wildly around as she laughs, sharing the secrets of blossoms and flowers.
She has the happiness of a child and takes innocent, pure, joy at her freedom to play outside and enjoy the sun on her face. She takes breaks by laying down in the grass and looking up at the bright blue sky.
What she teaches us.
Flora teaches us that we've got to find the energy to wake up. Not just wake up, but wake up those dormant parts of ourselves. The passion, the joy, the childlike wonder for the things that we used to enjoy. What's something that you haven't done in a long time and you miss doing? It is time to wake it up and do it. Pull out your paintbrushes or start a new short story, sit outside in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the awakening of the earth around you.
Flora is also a Goddess of fertility. She gave the Goddess Juno special herbs to help her conceive the God Mars. This is a great time to start something of your own. Think about the projects and the plans that are waiting to blossom for you.
Connect with Flora
What inside of you needs renewal?
What do you want to start again or get back into?
What is your favorite childhood memory?
How can you give yourself a new beginning?