06 Jun The Significance of the Spring Equinox
Throughout the year, there are certain days which hold special significance; the first day of spring, or the Vernal Equinox, is most certainly one of these special days. On the Equinox – which this year falls around the 20th March – the length of day and night fall into balance. The word “equinox” comes from the Latin, meaning “equal night”.
This moment of balance has been celebrated by human cultures for thousands of years, and it’s easy to understand why. After a long winter, it’s wonderful to think that, from this moment onwards, the days will get ever longer and the nights shorter, and to know that the days will get warmer and (the British weather notwithstanding) the sun will shine brighter.
For many cultures, the Vernal Equinox was the beginning of a new year; rather than celebrating a beginning in the middle of winter when all was cold and grey, their year began as the flowers and blossoms began to appear, and as new life began to grow all around them.
The egg, as a symbol of new life, has long been a part of many of these celebrations; one tradition that is still maintained in many parts of the world is the act of balancing an egg on end on the day of the Equinox. Today’s Easter festival, the date of which is based on the date of the Vernal Equinox, includes many traditions and symbols from these earlier celebrations, including eggs and the ubiquitous Easter rabbit.
Spiritually, the beginning of spring is an excellent time for new beginnings; to focus on acts of creation and growth – to spring into action. There is a huge amount of spiritual energy available to us at this time, and many people use this energy without even realising it – this is the energy that drives spring cleaning!
There are many ways you can use this energy; not just in clearing out the clutter of the year gone by. It’s a perfect time to plant flowers in your garden, or to begin new creative projects – especially if it’s a project you have never tried before. It’s also an ideal time to forge new relationships and to accept new challenges in your life.
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