Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox 2015: A Time for Rebirth

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In a few days, on March 20th we will be honoring the Spring Equinox 2015 and a New Moon. Many of us will be filled with excitement as the green starts to show, the birds return and the temperature warms –  there is so much going on all around us and beyond – in the galaxy.

The word equinox is derived from the Latin meaning equal and night. As the sun shines directly on the equator, we get 12 equal hours of sunlight all over the world.  Daytime and nighttime are approximately equal and signal the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
The movement of the earth’s axis, as it tilts ever so slowly, impacts the amount of the sun’s rays that reach us. In the Spring, we are tilted towards the sun and thus nature begins to flourish. It is a time of cosmic regeneration.

As we stop to take a look at the impact of this astrological phenomenon, we can begin to understand why there have been celebrations of the Vernal Equinox around the world for centuries.

 Spring Equinox Customs Around the World

Cultural traditions welcoming Spring’s arrival vary widely from one country to the next. Here are some excerpted from About.com and Wikipedia:

Holi Festival, India – Steven Gerner flicker.com

India: Holi, the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India. It is celebrated with great fanfare with bonfires and by people throwing colored powder and water at each other. Holi celebrates the most popular stories from Hindu texts.

EgyptThe Festival of Isis was held in ancient Egypt as a celebration of spring and rebirth.

Mexico:  Festivals (Festivales de primavera) take place and children dressed up as flowers or animals can be seen on parade. The most popular places to celebrate are archeological sites like the Mayan archeological site of Chichen Itza.

Iran: The Festival of Noruz (new day) is a time of hope and rebirth and has been celebrated for over 3000 years. This secular holiday begins on the day of the equinox and lasts for 12 days. Typically spring cleaning gets done, families get new attire and visit with each other for a ceremonial meal to celebrate the new year.

Ireland: The Holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland by driving out pagan snake worshipping and his day is celebrated just before the Spring Equinox.

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Maslenitsa – Russiapedia.com

 

RussiaThe celebration of Maslenitsa is observed as a time of the return of warmth and light with customs intended to fertilize the year’s crops.  It is a week full of merrymaking and lots of symbolic baked pancakes as well as the preparation before Lent.

Italy and Greece: The Feast of Cybele celebrates the ancient goddess Cybele – considered the ruler of  fertility. This ensures agricultural fertility for the year to come.

Judaism: The Festival or Pilgrimage of Passover,  is observed for eight days and commemorates the end of Egyptian slavery. A thorough spring cleaning of one’s home is done to prepare for the Seder, a symbolic meal which represents the story of the exodus from Egypt.

Easter: A Christian holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection, falls the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal Equinox. Its ancient pagan influences, including the bunny, a symbol of fertility, and colored eggs, represent the sunlight of spring. In Western Christianity Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40 day period of fasting, repentance and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.

JapanSpring Higan or Vernal Equinox Day is an official holiday traditionally spent visiting with family and remembering ancestors by visiting graves celebrating the spiritual move of the deceased from the world of suffering to the world of enlightenment.

Spring Equinox and Feminine Energy

The Spring Equinox is associated with many fertility goddesses and women have been gathering forever in honor of this sacred time. It is a time to release the past and rejoice in the rebirth of nature, the beginning of the seasonal cycle and of the occurrence of a new moon.

Community and healing centers also hold events for women to gather, clear the space and create a new sacred intention for the year ahead. The art of conjuring feminine power is to reconnect with the Earth, to heal, feel nurtured, and connected. In doing so, we create an energetic support system for women everywhere. It is a great time for transitions and new beginnings.

Artist _ Brigid Marlin

Artist: Brigid Marlin

 A New Moon and a Solar Eclipse

The coming new moon on March 20th is believed to be extremely significant because simultaneously, a solar eclipse will occur. This extraordinary event will only be seen fully in Norway and in the Faroe Islands. A new moon marks the beginning of a new cycle in which we can generate energy and make declarations to bring forth our potential. The solar eclipse will intensify the cosmic energy occurring at this time.

What seeds of intention do you wish to plant and manifest in your life?

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. This new moon/solar eclipse is also coming right after the 7th and final exact square of Uranus and Pluto (started in 2012) and this new moon is the perfect time to set new intentions following all the changes that have happened in the last three years. You might find this an interesting explanation of the time we’ve all experienced: “On a personal level, life for many people has been riddled with curveballs or unexpected events since the Pluto-Uranus squares began in 2012. The rug’s been unceremoniously pulled out from under you. Attempts at self-reform have been challenged. Not much has come easily. In order to pass “Go,” you’ve had to face your own shadow nature, take a hero’s journey, or have a near-existential crisis first. Rash moves and thoughtless actions have met harsh consequences. This was no time to live an unexamined life, that’s for sure.” Definitely the coming of the new moon offers us a new beginning, a chance to initiate newness in our lives, and although we have this opportunity every spring, this year is much bigger and more powerful for us all.

    Love the idea of gathering in female groups to ceremoniously welcome and ignite the feminine energy in both ourselves and the planet. It is known that the Gaia/Sophia energy is on the rise, which is also being reflected in more and more cultural conversations about women, our worth and closing the gender gap among many other ways that what was seeded in the mid to late 60’s with the Women’s Liberation Movement is finally becoming part of the conversation and things are changing for the positive in our favour. I could go on and on, however, your post stimulated me to think of all the advances and changes we have all been asked to face in just the last few years.

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      Beverley Golden, I hope every person who reads this blog also reads your amazing contribution to it. Thanks for reminding us how important it is to live an examined life. Most women love gatherings, group support and conscious raising. WE do see movement in many areas of feminine power and I believe it will continue. Again, thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      1. Delighted to hear that my meanderings added something to your wonderful post, Roslyn. Happy that Heather enjoyed it too! This solstice is one that we all can feel part of and I wish I had some strong group of women to connect and spend the day with. I’ll do it in spirit with all the women who are gathering and enjoying each other’s company and energy and who are leading the way for the feminine energy to rise on our planet. Thanks again for enjoying my thoughts on this subject. Loved reading about all the ways that different cultures celebrate as well. Ceremony and celebration are definitely something for us all to look forward to.

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          Beverley, the more comments I see on this topic, the clearer I am that you should be writing articles about feminine power, cultural gatherings, etc.

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      Coach Niguenya, it was hard to limit the amount of information in each section. Having a diversified readership, we decided to include something for everyone. So glad you like the celebrations section.

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      I wish for you and all the wonderful women I have met virtually a wonderful year filled with an abundance of all good things, all you wish for and a burst of energy that takes us where we wish to go.

  2. Fantastic article Roslyn. It’s always uplifting to read of igniting feminine energy. Having grown up in the 60’s & 70’s Women’s liberation was a very big part of my upbringing. I feel my children’s generation (20 somethings) have not continued to grow in this area but rather the importance of women’s rights and equality seems diminished. I hope this is a sign of better things to come for women all around the world and a greater awareness for young women.

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      Lisa Swanson, I so relate to your comment. I think women move along their path and around the age of 40 stop, look around, assess and discover more options, become more open and aware and start to take charge of their own direction. It seems every community has a woman’s group for like minded to find one another and bring support and spiritual energy to one another.

  3. It would be fun to go to Norway to see the new moon and solar eclipse. It’s somewhere I would like to visit because my family is originally from Norway and Denmark. I enjoyed all your little descriptions of how people celebrate the spring equinox.

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      Beth Niebuhr,a long time ago I went to Norway and all the Scandinavian countries. Wonderful places to visit. You might want to add it to your bucket travel list.

  4. What a font of knowledge you are Roslyn. I find when travelling it’s great if you can coincide it with cultural celebrations and festivals. It’s interesting you ask about intentions because as a business coach I tend to focus largely on business goals and targets, but intentions can be far more about who we are as human beings. My intentions would be to become a better husband, a better friend and a better role model to my two sons.

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      Clive, this font of knowledge is called research. It seems I continue to choose topics that I know relates to my audience. I love that you see the difference between business goals and personal intentions and I have no doubt you will incorporate them into your busy life.

  5. Really enjoyed sharing your auspicious celebration of the Spring Equinox. I know some parts of the USA such as Boston have experienced the worst winter on record and I imagine they’ll only be too glad to welcome the new season. With the coming of the new moon, I hope we are all lined up to receive the all-giving energy of this phenomenal event. It makes me want to get on the next flight to Norway to experience it first hand. There’s no doubt that the feminine energy is coming in to play with a distinct shift in women’s presence and activity across the globe. A great time to harness the energy in my own life! Thanks for sharing Roslyn.

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      Michelle Williams, As I wrote this blog I thought of you and your own spiritual path. I know you will harness the energy and create intentions as well as continue to give and guide those around you.So many women are talking about feminine power, equality and recognition in every field, from business to entertainment. Perhaps it is the spiritual force that will move progress along. Did you read Beverley Golden’s comment? Great additional information.

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      You are welcome Heather Cameron. Many of us are in need of a yearly rebirth or at least can benefit from a rejuvenation. lad it was timely for you.

  6. Spring is my favorite time of the year. All of the symbolism behind it with rebirth and renewal is more meaningful to me than New Year’s. Bring it!!!!

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      Beth Blacker, Spring seems to be the top season for many and for similar reasons.Responding to the natural world of rebirth is easier than the artificial partying we can get caught up in or resolutions for the calendar New Year.

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  7. Surprise, I didn’t know this! You are always bestowing such knowledge on me. I have never read much up on it, but have always been intrigued by those who can read energies and phases of the universe, etc. They often seem quite poignant to my situations. I’m going to try to be up for this eclipse!

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      Thanks for your enthusiasm and support Holly Jean. As I research a topic I bestow knowledge on myself as well as to others. We never know what leads us to an interest and through access to the internet, it is wonderful the ease of acquiring new knowledge.

  8. Wow, that Holi Festival in India reminded me of when my girls did the Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia… they had 5 different colors of cornstarch ish material being flung at them, a bright sight for sure. Interesting, most all of this I didn’t know… though missing your colorful jewels in comparison!

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      Yes Kristen Wilson, many camp programs hurl colors at faces. I thought of that too when I saw images from the Holi Festival. Thanks for missing our jewels. It would have made this article way too long and they will be coming in future blogs, have no fear.

  9. I enjoyed reading about all of rhem activities the various countries partake in to celebrate Spring Equinox! I plan to spend more time with my family and do some spring cleaning!

  10. Springtime signals rebirth that brings new meaning into life, with the possibility of a positive outlook, we begin again! Thanks for a fresh view on this lovely time of renewal.

  11. I really appreciate the vast overview of spring celebrations; I am not “religious” per se, but I absolutely love the spring and the symbolism that comes with it. Truly, a time for renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation.

    Your question is such a great one. I think for me I need to let go of some resentment as I go through a major life change leading into the summer. It is a time to let go and move forward. What a beautiful reminder.

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  12. Great post! Now that it’s spring – it’s the old cliche’ of “spring cleaning” – I have to clear out the clutter that has formed in my closet and home office over the “winter” here. (Ok, so I only experienced maybe 2 weeks of winter here in the SF Bay Area and that’s it.)

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  13. Roslyn, what a great list, it is so interesting how other cultures celebrate or acknowledge this time of year. I especially like the releasing of the past and rejoicing of nature, very important steps for all of us. Thanks for enlightening me. Great post!

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  14. So interesting to learn about all these celebrations and cultures, Roz, thanks! I know that I’ve always felt a rush of energy and happiness when he spring comes, and can’t wait for it to be more established here (we still have a great deal of snow and cold air, but it’s getting there 🙂

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  15. Roslyn, Reading this helped me put some pieces in place. I am rededicating myself to making some important changes in my life. And recognizing that this rededication coincides with the equinox energy makes it even more powerful for me. Thanks.

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  16. What a fun read! Spring is my favorite time of year for sure. This fall, my husband planted some daffodil bulbs for me. They’ve just flowered these past few days, and I can’t tell you how happy they have made me. It’s a time for growth and rebirth and new life and HOPE. So interested to see how others around the world honor this special time!

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  17. Roslyn, I loved learning about all of these spring celebrations. It makes me want to travel and experience some of these fabulous events and embrace the energy (especially the solar eclipse, that sounds amazing). I love spring because I look forward to the re-birth of all the dormant plants and flowers, they make me feel alive!

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  18. I love the freshness of spring. We had a very odd winter so I never really went into hibernation to re-emerge in Spring. So seeing color and the flowers peeking out is enough to shake me out of my quasi-slumber. I am a summer gal – so spring is also the gateway to HEAT from the sun. I am definitely ready for that! This spring is a time of change for me – good things. So I am looking for that to continue to come to fruition as well.

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  19. Roz, I love this post with your descriptions of so many cultures and religions and how they connect with the rites of Spring.
    I, too feel a beautiful shift when the light starts to move toward us. It definitely changes how I want to dress and the jewelry I adorn myself with – lighter, free-er and for me, a little more goddess-y~ My feminine self comes out in the Spring.
    Wow, Beverley, thanks for that fabulous reading – it makes a lot of sense ~

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