Spring Fling – Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains
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Spring is a time for cleaning up and starting fresh. Winter has passed. It’s an awakening to new ideas that were in formation during the dormant winter. I love spring for what it represents – a time of change. I wake up early to sunshine instead of darkness. I have more energy to get things done. Maybe that’s why people feel the need to ‘clean house’ after a long winter.
I’m into goddesses. I collect goddess statues where ever I travel. I love the mystery of ancient religions and philosophies. For an agricultural society, many celebrations evolved around spring. Goddesses were worshiped in hopes they would grant fruitful harvests.
Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring besides being the Greek queen of the underworld. Every spring she would leave the underworld and reunite with Demeter – her mother, and the land would blossom once again.
Here’s a partial list of more ‘obscure’ spring goddesses taken from the list at Goddess Guide:
Anna Perenna (Roman) she was associated with the cycles of the year and renewal. Her main Festival was celebrated on Ides of March.
Artio (Swiss)The bear Goddess who hibernates during the Winter her return heralds the beginning of Spring.
Beiwe (Finnish) A Saami Goddess associated with the fertility of plants and reindeer. Together with her daughter Beiwe-Neia, they turned the hills green so the reindeer could feed.
Blodewedd(Celtic) This Spring Goddess was created by magic from nine spring flowers to be the wife of Llew Llaw. This got around the curse Arianhod had placed upon her son preventing him from taking a human wife.
Dziewanna (Eastern European) Goddess of Spring and Agriculture. She was especially honored by local farmers.
Hare Ke (West African) Goddess of the sweet waters fed by the spring rains that brought fertility back to the land.
Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hime(Japanese) She is associated with the Springtime and cherry blossom as her name means “Lady who makes the trees bloom.” She is also Goddess of the sacred site Mount Fuji.
Kostroma (Russian) A fertility Goddess and personification of Spring. In Russian mythology she dies at the end of each Spring, only to arise once more at the end of the following winter.
Sita (Hindu) Spring Goddess and Goddesss of agriculture and the earth.
Spring so far has been an incredibly rich time for me – in my writing and creative arts. For me personally, I had three major projects all come to fruition in March! New books releases – For The Bite Of It and Formula For Love, and the formation of a new online creativity class. Let me hear about your spring and what you enjoy most about the season.
Giveaway: What’s your favorite thing to do in spring? Leave me a comment for a chance to win a black t-shirt with the For The Bite Of It book cover from my latest m/m romance! And don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway!
My new ‘straight romance’ published by Musa Publishing:
Kenneth Hailey, an uptight conservative mathematician, believes he’s in control. After all, every problem can be solved in a deliberate and logical manner. Even love. When his fiancée dumps him for his best friend, he leaves Manhattan for the West Coast. What better place to forget his past. It’s 1967, and San Francisco is the place to turn on, tune in, and drop out.
But is he ready for Rose Red?
Rose Red, a free-spirited flower child, challenges Kenneth, thrusting him into her world of love-ins, protest rallies, and rock concerts. Kenneth finds himself falling down a rabbit hole, hanging on for dear life.
Old habits die hard, and he retreats, but Rose Red has other plans for him.
Love and Peace!
Award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of sexy romance, both gay and straight. It’s the romance that drives her stories to their final happily-ever-after.
As a child, Viki pranced in the sprinklers as a proud mermaid and was saved by the prince on his white steed. And secretly, she visited past eras in her time machine without her parent’s approval.
Since then, she’s traveled to Stonehenge, Hypogeum, Roman Forum, Chartes Cathedral, Carnac, the Great Pyramid and so many other fantastic spiritual sites. Many of her travel experiences seep into her stories.
A native of California, she shares her beautiful adobe with her wonderful husband and favorite man (fictional or real). To learn more about Viki please visit www.vikilyn.com.