Blog / March 20, 2023
The Spring Equinox
The spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, is an important event both in terms of weather and time, as well as in many spiritual and cultural traditions.
The Spring Equinox is a powerful time for setting intentions and performing rituals related to growth, new beginnings, and abundance. It is an energetic time to focus on personal growth and development, as well as on the growth and renewal of the natural world.
In terms of weather and time, the Spring Equinox marks the point in the year when the length of day and night are nearly equal, and it signifies the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This is because at the Spring Equinox, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is not pointed towards or away from the sun, resulting in equal amounts of daylight and darkness. The Spring Equinox usually occurs on March 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.
In many cultures and spiritual traditions, the Spring Equinox is a time of renewal, rebirth, and growth. It is associated with themes of fertility, new beginnings, and the return of life after a period of darkness and dormancy. In Wiccan and other Pagan traditions, the Spring Equinox is one of eight annual sabbats or holy days, and it is celebrated as Ostara or Eostre, after the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility.
Below are some simple rituals you can perform for the Spring Equinox:
Take a walk through the woods(or nature park) and honor the trees, plants, birds and animals of spring
Take this opportunity to get out into nature with friends or family members who share an interest in hiking or camping. If you don’t have anyone to go with, don’t let that stop you from going on your own! A simple walk through the woods or a park can be just as fulfilling as any other kind of outdoor adventure. It’s a great time to be outside and explore new parts of your local environment. The key is to be present & observe nature. This means no talking on the phone, listening to a podcast or carrying on conversation other than that of what you are observing.
- Take note of any changes since the last time you were out in nature: Are there more flowers blooming? Are there more birds singing? Is there more or less snow on the ground than usual? How does this change compare with what happened last year at this time?
- Take some deep breaths: Florals? Woodsy? Earthy? What types of smells are you experiencing? How does this make you feel?
- Listen to your own thoughts. Acknowledge whatever may come up. You might even hear something that was previously hidden from you.
Set a goal or intention [maybe both] for the upcoming seasons.
Setting intentions is the act of stating what you intend to accomplish through your actions. Your focus is in the moment, mindful of yourself & your actions. Examples are: I intend to come from kindness with all my interactions regardless of what pressures I may be faced with. I will see the goodness around me. I will be the example I wish to see.
Setting goals differs from intentions as they are stating a specific action that is measurable. Examples: “I want to read 15 pages a night,” rather than just saying, “I want to read more.” You can also break down this big picture goal into smaller pieces with additional sub-goals–for example: “By May 1st I will have read two books.” If you know what steps are required to achieve them, include those as well–for example: “To get started today I am going to my local library”
Let’s plant our seeds!
- From your intentions or goals, take the 2 that most resonate with you. Write them on separate pieces of paper.
- Take those papers and place them at the bottom of a pot or garden area. Place soil over the papers.
- Now place your seeds or a plant into that soil. Cover with more soil if needed.
- Mindfully water the pot or garden. Thinking of how you will nurture yourself & these seeds or plants to birth their purpose.
- Continue to give positive vibes to your planting & yourself. You’ve got this!
There are many rituals that can be done at this time of year that will help us focus on ourselves in a positive way!
The Spring Equinox is a perfect time to focus on yourself and the life you wish for. These rituals can help you get in touch with nature, reconnect with friends and family members, and take care of your mind, body & spirit so that you may have the new beginnings your heart desires.