It’s here, it’s here! The Vernal Equinox was yesterday. Today is the first full day of spring. Daytime and nighttime are equal, and from now on every single day will be a little bit longer, and every night will be a little bit shorter, until the longest day of them all, the Summer Solstice.
To many this holiday is called after its old Celtic name, Ostara. To others, it has been adapted into Easter. And to those of us who live in the snowy northeastern US, it’s simply spelled R-E-L-I-E-F.
When everyone wants to know is, what is the spiritual significance of the Vernal Equinox?
Whatever you think it is
I can only speak from my own perspective. So you tell me what it means to you, and I’ll tell you what it means to me. Deal?
No, seriously. What you feel about this time of year is what makes it significant to you. People in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the Autumnal Equinox right now. For them it’s turning into Fall. People in places that don’t have severe winters are feeling very differently than people who’ve spent the past 3 months under thick blankets of snow.
The generally accepted energies of the equinox are rebirth, fresh starts, new beginnings, balance, and fertility (all those bunnies!) It’s a time to launch projects. It’s the end of hibernation, the time to emerge into nature again.
My end of winter shift
(Sidebar: That headline almost said, “My end of winter shit” which would have been equally accurate.)
Ostara Moonrise, 2019
As winter entered its death throes, I wasn’t as fine as I thought I was. I was starting to feel less than buoyant. I had a couple of injuries and was gimping around like an old person. (Old is a mental state, not a physical one.) So I knew I was off.
But then we had sunshine and 60s. I got outside, and my mood lifted. And as my mood lifted, wonderful things started falling into my path again like they’re supposed to.
One of those things was so new and exciting (and I can’t talk about it yet, dammit) that it lifted me even more. My injuries vanished. The more I explored this possible new direction, the higher my vibration rose. As we moved forward into the first steps of making this new idea a reality, I swear I felt ten years younger. There was a spring in my step. I was smiling and singing all the time. My winter blues were obliterated.
Spring matches that buoyant energy. Spring is new beginnings. Planting new seeds. Nurturing new growth. Starting over.
Everything has been frozen clean by the wi