Wellbeing 101: Spring Equinox
This week on Saturday 20th March, we welcome Spring Equinox's arrival; this is the astronomical first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the day that the Sun crosses the equator line, travelling to the north of the sky, bringing us more daylight and more warmth!
This week on Sunday 20th March, we welcome Spring Equinox's arrival; this is the astronomical first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the day that the Sun crosses the equator line, travelling to the north of the sky, bringing us more daylight and more warmth!
The actual word comes from the Latin for 'equal night' - aequus meaning equal and nox meaning night, as on this day, the length of both day and night is identical in every corner of the world.
Equinoxes are the only two times a year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth - to herald the returning of life with Spring Equinox and the beginning of hibernation with Autumn Equinox.
Cultures throughout time have worshipped and adhered to the Equinoxes, two of the most famous being our own Stonehenge and Chichen Itza in Mexico. This colossal stone pyramid was built around the year A.D. 1000 by the Mayans, refer to this day as 'The return of the Sun Serpent' as they believed Kukulcán, the feathered serpent god, returned to Earth with Spring. The structure was built so that when the dawn light on the morning of the Equinox hits, it looks like a vast snake moving down the stairs, heralding the season's start.
Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, named after the Germanic lunar goddess, is also acknowledged across other cultures. It is a time of waking up, fertility, and the start of the Earth, becoming filled with colour again. The world has many ways to honour this day, from Holi and the Japanese national holiday that celebrates the spiritual force in every natural object waking up once again to observing Isis in Egypt and Freya in Norse mythology; Spring Equinox is a time of balance.
We have found this Winter particularly hard, with COVID-19 and lockdowns, but the end of Winter can always feel a little off-kilter. The energy is shifting from the inwards focus and dark stillness of Winter into the expansive brightness of Springs outwardness. Here we have pulled together some ways to support this change, for you to embrace this new season and a possible new way of living in this world.
Honouring Your Spring Ceremony
See this day as a start to your very own Spring, a day of fresh starts, a day to breathe new life into your current life. This is a deep dive into yourself, to really root out what is not bringing you balance and call-in will; your spirit is waking up with new dreams and ideas; it carries fresh warm energy to enliven and inspire you.
You will need 4 candles, a journal and pen, your favourite Otherness T.V. session (we recommend our perfect Equinox Sound Ceremony). Whichever of your crystals are calling you at that moment.
Cast your circle by placing a candle in each corner that represents the elements. Now light each one as you speak out loud, which each represents (Earth, Air, Fire or Water) and ask for their protection. This circle does not have to be around you; you can set it up on your altar, on a window sill or table.
Now it's time to spring clean your spirit! In your journal, write each of these questions down:
- What three words represent how you feel at the moment?
- What three words would you like to feel?
- What brings you joy?
- What are you drawn towards?
- What do you want to do more of?
- What do you want to do less of?
Now answer these; one-word answers are perfect. Next, play your session with the intention of asking your inner self what you need to call in. Now lie back and receive what messages may come. At the end, journal what has been sent to you and use this information to create three mantras that are yours to use until Autumn Equinox.
Some that came and resonated with us were:
"I will trust what is to come."
"I will flow and surrender to the energy that takes me."
"Nature is joy; I will turn to her to remind me when I feel overwhelmed."
This honouring could be hard if you are not a morning person! We also think this is the most accessible ritual to do, as in essence, you only need to wake as the sunrises. In the U.K. this is at 06.01 on the 20th March. If you feel like you are able and safe, take a walk in nature and find a spot to sit in as the Sun comes up. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, make sure you are by a window to take a moment to welcome the light back, maybe meditate on what you would like the light to bring into your life.
A quiet plant tea is also a perfect friend to support you as you sit and welcome this season change.
You'll need a pot plant like violet or ivy – something to which you feel connected and which can live in your sacred space.
- Cleanse your space with palo santo, sage or cedar.
- Ground and centre yourself.
- Cast your circle.
- Hold your plant in your hand, thinking of how she connects you to the Universe. May you tend to her as you tend to your inner world. May she remind you that there's always a balance in the chaos.
- If you're repotting your own plant, this is the time to do so.
- Next, take a seat and place your plant in front of you. Imagine the energy of this plant sitting at your heart, her roots extending down through your legs into the EarthEarth. Her vines and leaves are growing out through your arms and through the top of your head, connecting back to the Earth.
- What does the energy of your plant feel like? What does she remind you of? Do you feel a connection to a faery? Record any thoughts, feelings or visions in your grimoire.
- Close the circle.
- Ground your energy.
- Connect with this energy whenever you tend to the plant.
- Tell your plant sweet and loving things. Ask it for guidance.
- Build a relationship with the spirit of the plant and listen to it!
Alex created Otherness in 2018.
Coming from a background working in communications and events, she wants to build a community of trust, a place where everyone, now matter their backgrounds or how they identify, can explore alternative wellbeing.