It’s Time to Welcome Spring at the Vernal Equinox
The Vernal Equinox is an astronomical event that marks the sun’s movement from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere across the celestial equator. It marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. You’ve seen the sun move further and further south through the fall until the solstice where it stood still for a couple days and then slowly turned itself around and started heading north and higher in the daytime sky. The first day of spring marks the moment when that movement exactly touches the equator – Making the length of daylight equal to the amount of night. Astrologers call it the Aries ingress (now is a very good time to get a year-ahead archetypal astrology reading, btw). Most call it the first day of spring.
It’s important to step away from the paper calendar and turn our faces toward the sky on seasonal holidays like the Vernal Equinox. When we honor the seasonal calendar, we remind our hearts and souls that we are of the earth, radically connected to her cycles through mood, food, and ritual (conscious and unconscious). For me, and many who practice a nature-based spirituality, there are eight seasonal holidays that mark the turning of the seasons and the period about six-week past each season’s turning.
I ground myself in the wisdom of the ancient Celtic ways. John O’Donohue is a very good source for learning more. If you do not have time for the entire speech in the YouTube clip below, listen to the first three minutes where he blesses the space between us.
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There are eight seasonal holidays – four marking the turn of the seasons, and four cross-quarter days marking the seasonal mid-point. Learning about these seasonal living events can help you understand your mood swings, appetite changes, and social cycles. Celebrating them personally and communally can be healing to body, mind, and spirit. Simply join the seasonal living resource library to download my handy guide to each of these holidays with recommendations on how to celebrate!
You may have your own rituals (formal and/or informal), here are a couple of recommendations to jump-start your Vernal Equinox with heart and intention:
Notice where the sun is in the sky today:
I have a kitchen window, over the sink, which faces east. During the Vernal Equinox, the sun is exactly center to this window as it rises over the mountains behind our home. I can step out and greet that sun and marvel that no matter what is shaking current events, that sunrise is exactly as it has been for millennia….and will continue on as such well past my brief time here.
Where is your sun rising this morning? Where will it set tonight?
Forage for wild edibles:
Everyone knows what dandelion greens look like. If you have access to a lawn or pasture that is fairly wild and clean, harvest some of those greens. You can add them to your salads and smoothies today or this week. You can also look for chickweed, dead nettle, and the first tender shoots of stinging nettle. Use those hotlinks for recommendations on how to add them to your meals today. If you are new to wild edibles, only add one to your diet each day. This way, you can see how your system responds to these nutrient dense foods.
Interested in seasonal eating? Check out the March Seasonal Eating Food List!
Start some seeds:
Stop by any general store and pick up a seed starting kit, especially for herbs. Once the seeds have sprouted, you can move your planter outdoors during the day to give them added hardiness. Then, clip and add these windowsill flavor factories to your favorite soups and salads. With each taste, you can mindfully remember this first day of spring and your celebration of it!
Here’s a whiteboard video I created to help you think about food sourcing and seasonal living:
Like working with seeds? Make these seed bombs!
Are you a gardener? Make your own Potting Soil!
Approach the Vernal Equinox as a New Year and a new beginning.
Resolutions put into place at the time of the vernal equinox have a greater sticking power. From an astrological point of view, the sign of Aries is all about initiative. Apply the archetypal energy of the Ram to your most ardent aspirations and see how the rising tides of spring can influence your own fortitude. The time for planning is passing and the time of action is upon us!
What are your goals for the next three months? Here’s the Seasonal Living Workbook to help you succeed.
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