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Spring Equinox

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The Spring Equinox is also called the Vernal Equinox (which means youth or spring). In the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate it as the first day of spring. It's date is March 20th.

It marks the midpoint of the sun's journey between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice.

Equinox literally means - equal night. The equinoxes are days of balanced light and dark - day and night.

The Earth awakens, things are beginning to grow and sap begins to flow.

Represents the renewal of the Sun - the new dawn - new beginnings - sprouting occurs - the fire within is rekindled. Symbolizes balance, rebirth, renewal, regeneration, change, vitality, reunion, fertility and the cosmic egg.

It is East on the Medicine Wheel, the rising sun. Eagle is it's symbol and the color is yellow.

Mountain Ash (Rowan) tree is associated with the spring celebrations. Crosses from its twigs were made to help protect human and animal babies, seedbeds and tender sprouts.

The Spring equinox is the original celebration of Easter, the goddess of spring who represents the fertility of Earth's rebirth and the promise of new life.  

Empress in Rider Waite Tarot

In Greek Mythology, the Spring Equinox is when the Earth Goddess, Demeter, begins to anticipate her daughter Persephone's return from the underworld for a nine month stay.

Demeter rules the cycles of nature, birth, growth and harvest. She oversees, protects and nurtures all growing things.

She blesses new life, marriage and reunions.

In her joy, birds are singing, seeds are sprouting, buds are bursting, grass is greening and bunnies are hoppin'!

That is until Persephone returns to the dark world of her husband Hades for three months. Demeter then begins her mourning period causing the winter coldness and decay.

Well that explains it!

The Vernal Equinox occurs in the sign of Aries, the Ram which corresponds to fiery Mars. As a cardinal energy, it jump starts the new season by initiating activity. Aries begins the solar year, his color is red.

Ancient celebrations honoring the "god of fire" (Sun-god) included the 'Feast of Fire'. Fire represented the return of light after darkness.

Aries, as the head of the Zodiacal Human, initiates the impulse to create and is associated with the creation of our universe.

The Spring Equinox under Aries' influence - calls us to leave behind our tired and spent ways, letting them decay and fall away in order to reinvigorate our souls and create a fresh new life!

"The new wine must not be put into an old vessel. This is the law of Aries."            Corinne Heline

         Activities Favored by the Spring Equinox

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> Clear out the old to make way for the new.

> Clean and open the windows in your house and in your mind.

> Pray over/bless your seeds - both physical and spiritual seeds.

> Gather in celebrations, feasts and reunions.

> Cleanse the blood with spring tonics and herbal waters.

> Step out of your comfort zone, try something new.

> Clean and refresh your home and work area.

> Buy flowers to brighten your home or to give away.

> Stimulate your brain by learning something new.

> Sit in the sunshine and read, write, draw or paint.

> Plan and prepare for your garden.

> Try to see things in a new way.

> Assert yourself where needed.

> Activate courage.

> Start new projects.

> Take charge of your future.

> Activate your spiritual goals.

> Pursue your dreams.

> Get creative - use that imagination.

> Above all, take time for fun!

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin."         Grace Dougherty Hansen

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