When do you decide Spring has sprung ?
Is it 1st March (by the Meteorological calendar) or Spring Equinox (by Astronomical calendar)? Or just when you feel the shift in the season and witness the trees budding and notice the light?
This year the Vernal/ Spring Equinox falls on Friday 20th March 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere (Autumnal Equinox for our wild ones in the Southern Hemisphere). The actual time of the Equinox is 3.50am GMT.
The Equinox is a time of balance. We have 12 hours of day light and 12 hours of darkness a the sun rises due East and sets due West; equal amounts of light and dark before we head on towards the solstice, the light ever growing.
This is the period of fertility; animals, nature, ideas and projects. Imagery of rabbits, hares, chickens and eggs symbolising fertility. The rabbits and hares reputed for breeding and eggs, and chicks who lay eggs, represent the hatching of new life, birth (never wondered what bunnies and chicks had to do with Christ’s resurrection?). The period of rebirth and new beginnings, as Spring follows the symbolic death and hibernation of Winter.
This season and festival celebrates the Maiden aspect of the Goddess. Ostara or Eostre in particular, who carried a basket of brightly coloured eggs and was accompanied by her pet hare. As they travelled they brought forth new life and regeneration to the land scattering her coloured eggs amongst the flowers in the meadows.
The Spring Equinox mirrors a women’s inner world in its Inner Spring season, where everything is new and fresh, preparing the fertile landscape, the pre-ovulation. It is also the waxing crescent moon phase. See how we are all connected ~ woman, nature, moon, our own inner cycles. All one.
The previous festival of Imbolg was embracing the last of Winter, and planning what was to come in the year ahead. This festival now calls upon us to put these plans into action. We got rid of the old and expired habits, practices and burdens and are now ready to give new life to who and what we are to be, to what we have created, to what we are to birth. The energy is one of excitement, optimism and anticipation. As the year waxes, so too does our enthusiasm.
Do you do anything special to acknowledge this Sabbat; the precursor to Easter?
Ways to celebrate Spring Equinox:
- Rise early and watch the sunrise – then close the day witnessing the sunset. This is a beautiful ritual to do outside, weather permitting
- Decorate your home with fresh flowers from your garden such as daffodils, primroses, hyacinths and tulips
- Enjoy an eggy breakfast
- Paint or decorate boiled eggs
- Organise an egg hunt in the garden or local park with your decorated eggs – if it’s a nice day bring a picnic
- Give a gift of a chocolate egg (instead of waiting until Easter)
- Get into your Spring cleaning in earnest – throw the windows open wide and allow the old air to leave and the welcome in the fresh
- Create a joyful happy play list on Spotify and get your groove on as you clean or make dinner. A kitchen disco is a great disco.
- Charge some fresh water with Equinox energy by leaving a dish of water on the window sill from sunrise to sunset then use it to water your plants or make flower essence tincture.
- Reset your altar or shrine to reflect the change in season.
- Spend some time in meditation and contemplate balance, rebirth and what spring means to you.
While it’s not been a particularly cold winter here in the UK it has been a blustery and stormy one, and with the arrival of Coronavirus / Covid-19, and I for one am ready for Spring and all that she brings forth.