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The first of March is always a day of evaluating how close we are to Spring. The adage about lions and lambs comes into play, but because February has been so warm in my part of the world (record setting!), March First celebrates a number of untimely firsts.

I've already seen the first flower. It's a tiny little purple thing, smaller than a pea, that only grows on the dark, damp Eastern side of the house. This flower, which I have not been able to identify, is always the first flower on my land, often the first flower of any kind that I see in late Winter. Sometimes I find it while there is still snow on front lawn. Sometimes, I find it on a surprisingly warm and bright Winter day, like I did last week, when I'm out working in the yard. In either case, I usually don't find it til later on, this is the earliest I have seen this flower blossom.

It was this week that I noticed my walks were no longer silent, and that the air was full of trills and tweets and hums. It was this week that I walked past a shrub in my neighborhood, and it erupted in a cloud of tiny, panicked wrens and chickadees. Suddenly the early morning is filled with woodpeckers hammering at the dead cottonwood. These are the first birds of spring.

This week, storm clouds blew in, ink blue, unlike the soft, dove-gray snow clouds of last month. For the first time this year, the forecast includes rain, not snow or sleet. This is the first Springlike weather.


We still have 3 weeks til the Vernal Equinox. It's also true that March and April are the snowiest months in the Rockies. But it feels so good to smell hat first pollen on the air, to hear the first frogs waking up, to notice that the trees have that sheen of impending life to them, and are no longer dull and wire-hard. Spring is just around the corner.

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Leni Hester is a Witch and writer from Denver, Colorado. Her work appears in the Immanion anthologies "Pop Culture Grimoire," "Women's Voices in Magick" and "Manifesting Prosperity". She is a frequent contributor to Witches and Pagans and Sagewoman Magazines.


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