The Spring Equinox is almost here! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, as it usually means Spring is *finally* here in North Carolina, and warmer weather is just around the corner. There is just something seeing everything turn green and little pops of color show up everywhere.
The Spring Equinox is also called Ostara, and it occurs when the Sun shines directly on the earth’s equator, so the day and night are almost exactly equal. This equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This holiday is considered the marker of the coming of spring and the fertility of the land, and historically was the time when the farmers started to get the land ready for the planting season.
Get out in Nature - Enjoy the First Spring Flowers
Usually when the Spring Equinox occurs, there are at least some early spring bulbs blooming, such as crocus, daffodil, and hyacinth. I always love to take photos of the flowers blooming and pick a few flowers for my home and altar. And these early spring flowers have a lot of magical history behind them. Daffodils in particular are considered lucky in some folklore, and it’s said if you make a effort to not step on or crush daffodils, then you’ll receive abundance and luck. Crocus is said to help increase lucid dreaming, intuition, and visions, and hyacinth is good for a restful sleep. If you’d like to learn more about the magic of flowers, check out The Magic of Flowers by Tess Whitehurst.
Create an Altar
One of my favorite things is to create a special altar for the holidays. Because I have cats, I tend to create altars that contain natural material, such as leaves, flowers and feathers, in bowls so they are a little more safe from curious paws. Above is one of my bowl altars from a past Spring Equinox. You’ll notice the daffodil picked fresh from my garden, as well as some other dried flowers, as well as some fresh sprigs of rosemary (one of the first herbs in my garden to come back to life in the early spring). I also included some feathers I had collected (as many of our local birds return in the spring) as well as a fallen birds next with some mica and a found passed butterfly. You’ll also see a moonstone for intuition and a rose quartz for love, as well as a golden sheen obsidian egg for grounding deep into the awakening earth. The egg shape is a pretty common symbol you see in Ostara / Spring Equinox celebrations, as the egg represents new life, which spring is all about.
The rabbit is also a symbol of the Spring Equinox, because the rabbit is highly correlated with fertility, so rabbits are also a wonderful altar decoration.
Plant Herbs and Flowers
Since the Spring Equinox marks the coming of Spring, it’s also a wonderful time to start seeds for your flowers or herbs. If the weather is still cold in your area, you can start the seeds indoors (like I did above) using a kit like this.
How do you celebrate the Spring Equinox? Let me know in the comments.