"So were to me occasion of good hope, The variegated skin of that wild beast, The hour of time, and the delicious season "

(Canto 1, lines 41-43)

In medieval times it was believed that God created the world in spring. Dante's journey starts when the sun is in the constellation of Aries, exactly at the spring equinox, moreover, it is the hour of sunrise - therefore Dante thinks the time is auspicious: so much, that he does not even fear the skin of the leopard.