WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?
Equinoxes occur twice a year; one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. You can check out my blog about the Autumn Equinox here.
The word ‘Equinox’ is derived from Latin, meaning ‘equal night’. The equinoxes are solar festivals in the Wheel of the Year, and happen at the times of the year when day and night have become approximately equal length all over the world, with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.
THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
The Wheel of the Year is celebrated by many spiritual seekers all over the world, including pagans, Wiccans, witches of all kinds, and also nature-lovers who do not follow a specific spiritual tradition. It celebrates the turning of the seasons, and those who follow its rhythms mark its seasonal festival days or ‘Sabbats’. The Spring Equinox (also known as Ostara) and the Autumn/ Fall Equinox (also known as Mabon) are two of these days. The Spring Equinox falls between the 20-23 March in the Northern Hemisphere and between the 20-23 September in the Southern Hemisphere. The Autumn / Fall Equinox occurs between the 20-23 September in the Northern Hemisphere and the 20-23 March in the Southern Hemisphere.
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WHAT DOES THE SPRING EQUINOX MEAN SPIRITUALLY?
At the Spring Equinox, we are surrounded by new life. The earth is covered in a blanket of greenery and the rising of life force that began at Imbolc has now manifested as daffodils, primroses and perhaps even cherry blossoms. Spring is now truly here.
With this bubbling up of energy and blossoming of new life, we experience a renewal within ourselves too. We feel lighter than we did throughout the darker winter months and have a sense of excitement about what is to come. We can see fresh possibilities and sense the creative potential in new ideas.
This is the perfect time of year to set intentions for the six months ahead. What are you excited about? What do you want to draw more of into your life? What do you want to create and experience? This could be anything from improved health or more quality time with your loved ones to a creative project or the realisation of a long-held dream.
At this time of year it’s also important that we allow ourselves to experience the joy of the season, basking in the warmer days and the buzzing of potential all around us.
We know that the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes were of great importance to our ancestors because there are ancient monuments all over the world that were created with special alignments to mark sunrise and sunset on these days.
I have visited some of these sites on my travels in Ireland and England and when I visited the Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt, I was fascinated to learn that it, too, was built to align with these solar events.
CELEBRATING THE SPRING EQUINOX
If you’d like some inspiration on how to celebrate the Spring Equinox, you can access my Spring Equinox bundle in my Membership focusing on this topic. It includes ideas for marking this festival day and a special meditation with the pagan goddess of Spring, Ostara, focussed on new beginnings.
My Membership is filled with practices (meditations, Soul Journeys, classes and rituals) so that no matter how long you have or what type of practice would most nourish you, there is always something that you can reach for. And it also includes information about and rituals to honour the special days when the Wheel of the Year turns.
If you’d like to explore deepening your spiritual practice this year, we would love to have you join us! You can find out more here.