Happy Spring Equinox!
Rebirth. Renew. Regenerate.
The Spring Equinox - also referred to as Vernal Equinox or Ostara - is when night and day meet as equals. One of only two magical times of the year when daylight and darkness are divinely balanced. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring Equinox falls on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 2:24 p.m. PDT
It’s time to celebrate that there will be more light than dark in our days until the Fall Equinox on September 22, 2023.
Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and equinox is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
My daily walks have been showing off signs of Spring for the last few weeks. It has been such a joy soaking in the sunbeams and snapping photos of the budding buds on the trees, tiny shoots pushing their way through the topsoil, daffodils and crocus adding a dash of color to the grey background of Winter. Today, a light drizzle is making everything sparkle as it makes its way into the ground to nourish these new growths!
I feel the energy rising all around me - do you? Stepping into a season filled with new life and invigorated with a new spirit is exactly what my soul is craving… and in divine timing - it is here.
This is a time to break out of your winter shell and take cues from Nature! It’s time to step into action and plant seeds for what you want to harvest later this year. Join me in embracing the spiritual meaning of the Spring Equinox to harness the power of spring to its fullest potential and foster new beginnings.
In Celtic tradition, this day is known as Ostara. It is a beautiful celebration of renewal and rebirth, honoring the Goddess Ēostre. Many cultures around the world celebrate festivals and holidays around this time of year such as Easter and Passover. For instance, did you know that Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon which happens after the March equinox? The connection to the lunar cycle is woven into so many of the Christian traditions I was raised on and I had no idea! Several ancient, earth-based spring celebrations, rituals, and traditions influence the Easter rituals and traditions many people continue to celebrate today. It is comforting to see all of the red threads that connect us. I have written about Mary Magdalene and the Red Egg - which is where the coloring of eggs started. You can read more here. https://www.divinesoulfire.com/full-pink-moon
In the next 24 hours, we are also celebrating a New Moon and stepping into Aries season. As I was planning out what I wanted to do to honor this divine time I knew two things would be involved - planting seeds and burning intentions. 🙂
If you are looking for ways to celebrate, feel free to join me in any/all of these steps.
Items to gather:
3 small flower pots or one large one
Seeds of choice
Water - if you have moon water - this is a perfect opportunity to use it.
Your favorite pen
6+ strips of paper or dried leaves/bark to write on
A candle - I love this style of rolled beeswax candles for my rituals
A burn bowl or fire pit to place your intentions in after you’ve released them to the flame
Spring Equinox Ritual
Declutter and set up your sacred space. Surrounding yourself with items that generate energy and flow is the goal. My preferences are plants and crystals that support your intentions. These are the ones I have gathered: Amethyst brings clarity, energy, detoxification, and peace. Rose quartz is the universal stone of peace and unconditional love. Green aventurine, inspires new ideas and forward motion - and brings good luck. Citrine offers mental clarity and attracts prosperity.
Cleanse your space. You can burn incense, diffuse essential oils, or light candles. Please note, if you have furry family members joining you in your space - be sure not to diffuse oils that are toxic to them. A simple search will share a list of oils to avoid.
Center yourself. Start by paying attention to your breathing. The cool air you inhale through your nose, the hot air you exhale through your mouth. One of my favorite guided breath meditations is from Meggan Watterson’s Soul Voice Meditation and Prayer of the Heart. https://youtu.be/qxNaueLxiSE
Meditate on what you want and then journal. Journal Prompts: Is there anything on my list of “2023 goals” that I am ready to release yet? Now is the time to declutter your goals, create space for what’s new, and get clear! Where do I need to grow to bring balance to my life? Please give yourself at least 1 action item and add a reminder to your recurring “me date” on your monthly calendar. Mine is on Monday mornings. What or who do I need to release in order to bring balance to my life? Need inspiration? Grab a bag and fill it with items around your home you are ready to release. As you are reflecting on the fond memories attached to the item - offer thanks for each of them. What do I want to bring to life this year? Review the above answers and set 1-3 intentions for the rest of the year. Write (and number) each one in a clear and concise sentence in your journal. Then, prepare two slips of paper for each intention and write each of them twice.
Plant your intentions Grab a flower pot, fill it halfway with soil, “plant” your intention, add more soil, and plant your seeds on top! Repeat this for each intention. If you are using one large pot for all three intentions, simply mark each intention with a small numbered stone or toothpick “flag” so you know where each one is planted.
Water your intentions. Grab your water. If you have moon water, this is an excellent use for it! Repeat your intentions out loud as you water your seeds. Visualize your intention coming to fruition. Feel the feelings you will feel when it has come alive!
Hold sacred space for your intentions. Light your candle, and as you sit in silence, reflect on each intention - holding it close to your heart.
Practice gratitude. Close this ceremony by choosing 3 things you are grateful for in this moment. Just like you focused on your feelings above, focus on feeling gratitude vibrating through your entire body. See the gratitude-filled energy flow throughout your body like a bright light! I’m smiling thinking about feeling all of this later…
Seal it with wax. Let your candle burn all the way down. If there is any wax left, add it to your soil with an additional blessing!
Let it grow! Place your pot(s) by the window or under a grow light. Be sure to leave a copy of your intentions nearby, alongside additional water (in a lovely vessel) and any of the crystals you may have used. You will want to repeat your intentions every single time you water… feeling those feelings of completion!
Burn your intentions. Fire is transformational, so harness this power and burn your intentions with this New Moon. Gather the second copy of each of your intentions. Using a fire-proof, burn bowl or a fire pit - light each one on fire - repeating it as it burns away. Bury the ashes in the ground, like seeds ready to sprout up! Please be very careful doing this.
Move your body Before you close out your ceremony - take some time to move your body. Stretch, do yoga, dance, whatever brings you JOY! Again, reflect on your intentions. You are bringing them to life with every breath!
Turn ON. It’s time to officially turn on the creativity, passion, inspiration, and courage inside of you. Get ready to feel renewed, ignited, and ready to illuminate and serve your communities!
Here is a fun list of other ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox!
Take a walk in nature and snap photos of the signs of spring popping up everywhere. Scroll down to see some of my favorite photos below!
Visit a park and kick your shoes off, wiggle your toes in the grass, and ground yourself.
Hike into the trees and reflect on how interconnected they are… and how we are to them!
Cook a healthy meal with lots of spring veggies… I have a couple of delicious soups on the menu this week!
Declutter your home and/or workspace
Add some plants around your house
Learn about some of the women associated with Spring:
Eostre: Germanic Goddess of Spring and the dawn. She transformed a bird into a hare, and the hare responded by laying colored eggs for her festival!
Astarte: Semite Goddess of War and Sexuality and Fertility.
Persephone: Greek, Queen of the Underworld. Goddess of Fertility, her abduction by Hades is often seen as a reason for the seasons. She is allowed up from the underworld to bring to Spring and returns in the Fall.
Flora: Roman Goddess of Flowers and Love.
I look forward to hearing what you decide to weave into your traditions this year. Please leave a comment below and let me know!
Wrapping you in love and light,
Scenes of Spring
Seedling Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash
Incense Photo by Ray Albrow on Unsplash