One of my goals this year is to be better prepared, life is more enjoyable for me when I am well prepared. So with that in mind I am beginning to weave together our celebration for the Spring Equinox. This year it falls on March 20th.
This is probably one of my favourite celebrations of the year, to me, this feels like the new year. I recently discovered that it is the ancient Persian (Iranian) new year. I feel so vibrant at this time of year and I love the quickening feeling I can sense in nature all around me.
We enjoy visiting the Chalice Well (a very special holy well in Glastonbury, UK) to celebrate the various seasonal festivals throughout the year. This quote from their website perfectly describes the spring equinox,
"The sun rises due east and sets due west, there is equal day and equal night. The earth greens, the sap rises and the leaves burst their buds in verdant response. This is a time of awakening, experiencing life with youthful vigour and childish delight."
In addition to our visit to Glastonbury, we enjoy honouring this special day at home. We do a simple activity or craft each year and store the things away, enjoying seeing them the following year. This helps the growing child to feel held and nourished within a rhythm.
I like to have a black and a white candle, exactly the same size and shape and we burn these during meal times and prayers. We sometimes roll our own candles from coloured beeswax sheets. I made up a simple verse to share at these times;
"It is the spring equinox today, which is followed by Easter and then May Day.
There's a perfect balance between the light and the dark
And a time to give thanks now the dark days have passed"
We sing this to a simple made up tune along with many other spring songs we know.
We enjoy a special meal and decorate the table with the first spring flowers. This is the time when we seriously get going with our goals for the year, putting them into action with full force.
There are many ways to celebrate the spring equinox outwardly but as with any festival the real work and activity happens in the inner world. These festivals provide anchors for me to explore my inner world as I journey through the year.
Blessings on your path.
Please have a look at the Chalice Well website and do visit if you get a chance,. http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/