Vernal Equinox 2016
Today at 4:30am UTC (GMT) when the Sun crossed the celestial equator (from north to south) Spring officially began. The “Vernal Equinox” happens on March 19, 20 or 21st every year – and ushers in a key stage in the astronomical cycle of the earth. In Latin, “equinox” translates to “equal night” (equi = equal + nox = night), and in a year there are always two equinoxes (spring and fall) as well as two solstices (summer and winter).
Equinoxes are times of balance between day and night, light and darkness – and from a spiritual point of view, it’s a time of celebration, and appreciation for your journey through the year.
What is Ostara?
In Pagan tradition this time is known as Ostara, which is the celebration of the Spring Maiden (Eostre) or Horned God (Pan) who both represent the characteristics of the spring. Typical symbols for celebrating spring include flowers, bunnies, baby chicks and pastel-colored eggs.
Spiritually speaking, the Vernal Equinox, embodied as Ostara, is an allegory for resurrection and creation. Eostara is known as the goddess of the dawn who oversees the fertility of the earth, and as spring brings us a renewal of life, beauty, and sunshine in our outer experience, the renewal also manifests in our inner-space as well. With the “death” of winter now over, our “life” can be born again – and we can grow, expand, rise, shine and celebrate.
In the Pagan tradition, this revival of life, creativity and spirit is celebrated through dance, ritual, and community.
How to Celebrate
With the key focus of this time being beauty and spiritual resurrection, there are many different ways to celebrate – whether through ritual, or simply showing gratitude for the energies of spring. Below are some ideas to help get in the spirit!
- To attract peace and abundance into your life, decorate your home with tulips and daffodils.
- If you’re able, hide a few colored eggs outside of your home to symbolize life and fertility.
- Now is the time to begin any new project or adventure you’ve been hoping to start – Ostara is the time for beginnings, so today take some time to write out any steps you need to take to actualize these energies and create momentum.
- With this being a very open time for manifesting, a fun way to get clear on your wants is to create a manifestation board (follow instructions below).
- Get a poster board and a bunch of magazines (lifestyle, travel, fashion, etc.) and cut out the pictures, ideas, quotes that make you feel best and glue them to your board. Place the manifestation board in an area where you’ll be able to give it the proper attention, ideally, in a space where you may find yourself doing a lot of meditating, or focusing. Each day focus your intention on the board, and feel into the reality you’re hoping for as if you’ve already achieved it. You can also use your gratitude journal as a way to give extra good “juju” to what you’re looking to attract. Be patient in the process, and be persistent in your passions…before you know it, your wishes will come true. The universe responds to specificity so be specific, and don’t lose focus!
- At the end of the day, light a pale green candle and giving gratitude to Eostre is another special way to pay thanks to these energies, and ensure good tidings from spring to summer.
- Green candle meaning: Promotes prosperity, fertility, and success. Stimulates good luck, can increase money, harmony, and rejuvenation. Also represents Healing, health, and growth. Can be an important component in rituals involving Venus; attracts love, and social delights.