What is the Spring Equinox?
What is Spring (Vernal) Equinox?
The Spring Equinox is the first day of (astronomical) spring and this year happens on March 20, 2019. The Spring Equinox occurs when the Sun passes directly over the equator - resulting in an almost equally long day and night. You can find exact times based on your location here. The Spring Equinox last all the way up until the Summer Solstice on June 21st.
How do I work with the Spring Equinox?
The Vernal Equinox is a great time to push your endeavors into hyperdrive. Make the most of those relationships you’ve been cultivating and put yourself out there. Now’s a good time to take risks. However, we must be mindful of the current Mercury Retrograde that still affects us. If you’re intuition is telling you that right now is not the time for you to take it to the next level - then don’t. Keep note of the things that just don’t feel right. Perhaps it’s time for you to cut your losses and remove what no longer serves you in order to grow into your full potential.
What’s the difference between Ostara (Eostera), Easter and Spring Equinox?
Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Ostara (Eostera) during the Spring Equinox. Ostara comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of dawn, who rules the fertility of the earth. The difference between Ostara and Spring Equinox, is that Ostara is the actual holiday/celebration of the Spring Equinox and Ostara is all about the transition of energy between the dark of the winter and the light of the spring.
Easter also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. Thanks Wikipedia! Ostara is not Easter but because it falls close to Easter, it can sometimes be called the Easter for witches.
How do I celebrate Vernal Equinox?
1.Embrace the light
There is light and dark in this world, in this life and sometimes we’re so busy going about our day that we don’t stop to appreciate it. So be mindful of the light that Spring Equinox brings whether literal or philosophical. Bask in the light, frolic around, soak in the energy of the Sun and expand your solar plexus.
2. Plant a new beginning
Embrace your inner green witch, grab some seeds and plant some need babies in your garden to celebrate the coming of the light and the renewal of life.
3. Have a Ostara celebration with your bruja gang
Invite all your goddesses over for some green magick, herbology, tea-making, or pack your favorite fruits and veggies and head out to an open field for a lovely picnic.