Spring Equinox Ritual

We've made it through the dark season. Maybe we paused, rested, and allowed winter to help us be still. We've been waiting to see the light again, the warmth, and maybe even a few buds on the trees.

Where I live, we have already seen new leaves and the promises of daffodils. My house is in a wooded neighborhood and it sounds as if every branch has a chirping bird on it. The rain has been plentiful, making the earth supple and ripe for new life.

Perhaps it is still dark, cold, and dreary where you are. But have no fear, in the northern hemisphere, the Spring Equinox is nearly here! Each year this transition to spring happens on or around March 21-- consult your farmers almanac or google for this year's specific date. Even though the date where light and dark will be balanced is specified, it's perfectly fine to celebrate the day before or the day after.

For those of us on a more spiritual path, this day is very symbolic and full of inspiration from ancient times.

In many spiritual traditions, springtime is a very important time. Christians celebrate Easter with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Greek, Egyptians, and Mayans also had their own traditions with their gods and them being resurrected. We also have the astrological new year with Aries energy. Everywhere we look, the symbology of "new life" is upon us.

For those of us who celebrate the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, we embrace the following themes:

  • new life

  • balance of light and dark

  • death vs birth

  • new beginnings

  • the sun returning

  • planting seeds (literally and metaphysically)

  • following the spiral of life

A Ritual to Celebrate the Spring

In order to celebrate this ritual, make sure you have a spring altar set up. This could be on a table or dresser in your bedroom, or somewhere in the home. You might include white and pastel colored candles, flowers such as daffodils to represent the sun, a bowl of water to represent life, and anything else that feels like spring to you.

What you will need: