The Spring Equinox
Or Vernal Equinox is the midpoint between the winter and summer solstices. For those in the northern hemisphere, it falls somewhere around March 21st (3/20/2018). On the day of the equinox, the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. From now on, the sun grows closer, the daylight hours longer, and the temperature warmer. This day marks the start of the growing season. It’s a time of fertility and renewal. The earth begins to bloom and grow, and evidence of life can be seen all around. It is a time of creative, growing energy and immense forward motion. This is a time for hatching new ideas and starting new projects. Spring brings a renewed excitement and energy to accomplish new, big dreams.
In the days of old, Ostara was celebrated around this time, and still is in some belief systems. Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess, Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honored in the month of April with festivals to celebrate fertility, renewal and rebirth. Eostre’s symbols are the hare and the egg (or any seed really) as both symbolize fertility and new life. The Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ occurs around the same time and as more Pagans transitioned to Christianity, the Easter celebration began to incorporate many of these same symbols and traditions.
Whatever your personal beliefs, this time can be easily recognized as one of renewal. It’s an excellent time to clear out the old, stale energies from the winter and previous year and make space for new things to come. There are a few ways you can celebrate this transition from winter to spring and tap into the powerful energies of the spring equinox.
I’m not terribly fond of cleaning but there’s no denying the energy in a clean, tidy space. It’s relaxing and open. So open the windows (weather permitting), chase out the dust bunnies, sweep/vacuum, and wipe everything down. Our Spring Cleaning board on Pinterest has lots of tips, tricks and hacks to make cleaning your house easier.
Set out a few boxes to toss in things to donate or throw out as you work through the house. Give away or dispose of things you no longer use, need, or truly want. If you cycle your wardrobe seasonally, prepare your winter things for storage and bring out some lighter things. Tidy up and find a home for random clutter. This set of baskets is perfect for organizing smaller items.
Smudge; burn sage or dragon’s blood resin/incense in each room of the house to clear out negative and stale energies. More on smudging in a later post. Clean your main entry door with a blend of warm water and witch hazel to cleanse, protect, and invite healing and inspiration.
Get in Touch with Nature
Go for a walk in the park. Play with the kids in the yard. Listen to the birds, feel the breeze, look for sprouting buds and flowers and signs of new life. Cloud-watching and stargazing are excellent ways to reduce stress and inspire creativity.
Though specific growing seasons differ, the spring equinox is a good time to start planning out your garden. Flower bulbs and hardier vegetables can usually be started around this time and you can start seedlings indoors for later planting. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor planting space, many plants can be grown indoors or vertically on trellises.
Set out a bird bath and a few feeders to welcome birds to your yard. They help keep the bugs away. If there are hummingbirds in your area, they are excellent pollinators! This feeder will keep bugs out of the sweet nectar that hummingbirds adore. You can also plant wildflowers to invite hummingbirds and butterflies.
Creative energies begin to build after the spring equinox, so allow yourself some time to create something new. Creativity is not limited to artistic endeavors. It is the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. As I said earlier, spring is a time for hatching new ideas and starting new projects.
If you have trouble getting the creative juices flowing, try listening to music, reading a book, or trying one of the craft ideas below. Spending time with children can be an excellent way to spark creativity as kids have beautiful imaginations. If you’re a parent or teacher any of these can be done with kids but are otherwise just as fun to do as an adult.
Make a Spring Wreath
Bake Something Sweet
Embrace the Season
We are creatures of habit and will fall into the same cycles very easily. Bad habits, negative thought patterns and even outdated beliefs can hold you back from the future you desire. Let go of old baggage, of thoughts and emotions that no longer serve your greatest good. Clear space for new experiences, new relationships, and new adventures. Be open to the possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer.
Whatever you do to celebrate, I wish you all a warm, beautiful, energetic spring. Happy equinox!
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