1: dart, shoot; to become warped
2: to issue with speed and force
3 (a): to grow as a plant; (b): to issue by birth or descent; (c): to come into being: arise; (d): archaic: dawn; (e): to begin to flow – used with up
4: to leap or jump up suddenly
5: to stretch out in height: rise
6: pay – used with for
Spring (v.): Old English springan “to leap, burst forth, fly up; spread, grow,” Proto-Germanic sprengan, from Proto-Indo-European sprengh, nasalized form of root spergh “to move, hasten, spring.”
In Middle English, it took on the role of causal sprenge, from Old English sprengan (as still in to spring a trap, etc.). Meaning “to cause to work or open,” by or as by a spring mechanism, is from 1828. Meaning “to announce suddenly” is from 1876. Meaning “to release” (from imprisonment) is from 1900. Slang meaning “to pay” (for a treat, etc.) is recorded from 1906.
“From the end spring new beginnings.”
Pliny the Elder (AD 23 – 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus, Roman scholar, “savant and author of the celebrated, ‘Natural History,’ an encyclopedic work of uneven accuracy that was an authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages”)
“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, English Romantic poet, whose work was “enigmatic, inspiring, and lasting; the restlessness and brooding, the rebellion against authority, the interchange with nature, the power of the visionary imagination and of poetry, the pursuit of ideal love, and untamed spirit ever in search in freedom…”)
“But only a person in the depths of despair neglected to look beyond winter to the spring that inevitably followed, bringing back color and life and hope.”
Mary Balogh (b. 1944, Welsh-Canadian historical romance novelist)
“At the best of times, spring hurts depressives.”
Angela Carter (1940-1992, Angela Olive Carter-Pearce, English novelist, short story writer and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works)
“And so the spring buds burst, and so I gaze,
And so the blossoms fall, and so my days ...”
Onitsura (1661-1738, Uejima Onitsura, Japanese haiku poet of the Edo period, famous in the Osaka region for his haiku poetry)
“She could feel magic in the quiet spring day, like a sorcerer’s far-off voice, and lines of poetry floated over her mind as if they were strands of spider-web.”
Stella Gibbons (1902-1989, English author, journalist, and poet, best known for her novel, “Cold Comfort Farm,” which has been reprinted many times)
“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.”
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855, German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics)
“From the end spring new beginnings.”
Pliny the Elder
Life is the Great Fountainhead of possibilities, a Wellspring to create path towards the destinies of fulfilling our dreams. The cosmic wheel of Life emanates an ever flow of birth, death, and rebirth master works.
The month of December and the holiday season bestows us opportunities to celebrate, and offers us space to step back and to marvel at the miracle of our journeys.
As the modern prophets have proclaimed, this year is an end to a nine-year cycle, which was ultimately about opening our eyes and becoming more awake to the emergence of deeper love.
Let us continue to rejuvenate ourselves in the eternal waters of Life, sojourners! And let us spring forward always maintaining our trust and belief that all IS and will be well.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya