"To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow."
- Audrey Hepburn
The Spring Equinox, sometimes called Ostara, is when night and day are equal in length. As the sun moves northward across the celestial equator, it ushers in the return of Spring. This is an ideal time to clarify and set Intentions as the earth itself is rounding the corner on Winter and finding its way towards new beginnings, renewal, and restoration.
The Spring Equinox reminds us that it's time to celebrate and plant seeds, both metaphorically (Intentions) and physically, for what we'd like to blossom in the upcoming season. Focus on Abundance, Balance, and Manifestation. It's also a time to honor what we've released and achieved since the Winter Solstice. To solidify and celebrate your new Intentions we suggest you participate in a Spring Ritual.
Six ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox
1. Set An Altar
Altars can be set anywhere in your house, such as a nightstand, a window sill, a coffee table, a shelf, etc. You can use items that are sacred to you or go on an Equinox hunt outside and select natural elements you are drawn to most.
Some items typical for Spring Equinox altars include:
- Black and white candles
- Citrus fruit
- Crystals: Citrine, Clear Quartz, Sky Blue Topaz, Aventurine
- An offering of honey or milk for the faeries (if you want to get real woo woo)
- An Animal Medicine, Goddess or Tarot card
Put down a cloth, like a silk scarf or a handkerchief. Burn some sage or Palo Santo to clear the space. Scatter your items in a circle. Place your written Intentions in the center of the altar and reflect on them daily.
2. Plant Seeds
As you tend to your plant in the physical realm, you can also tend to them in the spiritual realm. Talk to your plants—it really does help them grow. And, as you plant, remember your Intentions and know that just as you care for a growing plant, your Intention needs actions as well to become a Manifestation.
3. Give Back To Mother Earth
How can you give back to the Mother that has sustained you all this time? Reuse cardboard shipping boxes, start a recycle program at your office, reduce/eliminate single-use plastic bottles or plastic grocery bags, no matter what you choose every little bit helps.
4. Embrace any new beginnings
New beginnings can be scary, but know they are opportunities for growth. It doesn't always seem that way, but the Universe has bigger plans for you than you could ever imagine. So embrace the unexpected and see it as a miracle.
5. Spring cleaning
This is an opportune time to release anything that's not serving. Get into the corners of your house as well as your mind and spirit and clear out any negativity to make room for positive energy to flow. There is something so freeing about clearing out the cobwebs and letting things go.
6. Reflect on your personal growth
Celebrate all the forward momentum and manifestation over the past year. Not seeing it? That's OK. Start now. Get focused. Recognize and honor what got you to now.
Taking time to usher in a new season is rewarding and satisfying. As you are one with the stars and the moon and the sun, seasons exist inside you. Reflecting on these seasonal changes helps to bring your connection with the earth and The Universe at large. You will find a deep peace internally and externally when you are in sync with the rhythm of the seasons.