What is "inner spring"?

Good question. It is one of the inner seasons.

In this post, I’ll answer 3 questions: 

  • when is spring?

  • what happens during inner spring? and

  • what’s good to do during inner spring?

At the end I’ll share a top tip.

When is spring?

You may have heard me refer to spring and inner spring.

Outer Spring

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring is typically March - May 

In the Southern Hemisphere, spring is typically September - November.

It is the season when seeds germinate, growth speeds up closer to summer.


Inner Spring

Inner spring and the menstrual cycle

If the first day of bleeding is day 1, spring begins when bleeding ends around day 6. Inner spring ends around day 11. At the start of inner spring, all hormones levels are low but slowly rise.

If you aren’t menstruating, and are working in tune with the moon then the lunar spring is the phase between the new moon and when the first quarter of the moon appears.

What happens during spring?

It’s spring and life is no longer about being inside; it’s time to live outside, to fall in love with seedlings and new growth, to watch it all unfurl again.
— Alys Fowler

What is happening in nature?

The hours of day light increase, as do temperatures. During outer spring, it’s common for most seeds to germinate and start to grow.

What is happening with the moon?

Everyday more of the moon becomes visible to the naked eye at night.

What is happening in my body?

This is the follicular phase of the cycle, and the production of oestrogen increases. During this phase the follicles in the ovary mature.

What’s good to do during inner spring?

Spring can be the perfect time to think about new projects for the month ahead. 

This is a great time to brainstorm and plan, to get inspired and start exploring, and to plan.


Guidelines for brainstorming

  1. Go for quantity, not quality

  2. Don’t judge or censor your ideas

  3. Include the wild ideas

Pick what you’re going to focus on

Re-read through your brainstorm of ideas.  Which ideas jump out to you?  Mark them.  If it is a big ambitious idea, break it down into something manageable you can achieve this month (spring - end of winter).  For example Big Idea: do a triathlon in autumn 2018.  Possible project for this month: start moving my body in a way that feels good.  

Re-read the ideas you’ve marked.  If you had to pick one, which one would it be? Mark it with a star.  

Start exploring and get inspired

Read a book Listen to podcasts Chat with an inspiring friend Go to a lecture Read guidebooks Go out for walk 

Go to an exhibition Go to a library/bookshop  Explore pinterest Read blogs Make something Say yes to things

What else could you do?

Start making a plan 

Create a plan for how you could achieve the things you want to achieve.  I like to break things down into months and my inner seasons.  

Top tip

I add in my inner seasons into my diary. This helps me when I am planning and scheduling things.

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Next up, inner summer.

Posted on September 9, 2019 .