Today, here in the UK, is the spring equinox and officially the first day of spring. It is also known as Ostara by the pagans and marks the season of fertility and growth.
The official start of the spring season or equinox is March 20th at 9.58 pm GMT.
The spring equinox is one of two events during the year when day and night are the same length. This happens when the sun is directly above the equator, and subsequently the northern hemisphere of the earth will begin to angle itself towards the sun, leading to longer days and nights. In the southern hemisphere the opposite will occur.
There will also be a coinciding full moon, the last of the three supermoons of 2019. It will be the first time that the full moon and the equinox have occurred on the same day since 1981, so it’s a special sort of day! The Super Worm Moon will peak at 1.43 am GMT on March 21st.
In Stonehenge, Avebury and other sacred places people will have gathered at dawn to welcome the sunrise. In previous years I have participated in the welcoming of the sun at Avebury stone circle during the spring equinox. It’s a truly magical experience taking part in the rituals and celebrations with druids, pagans and fellow tourists, following in the footsteps of our distant ancestors. It is a celebration of the renewal of life, of heightened energy and feelings of hope.
Now is an excellent time to set some intentions. Intentions don’t just have to be set in the New Year. In fact, if like me your new year resolutions have fallen by the wayside, now would be an excellent time to either re-set those intentions or revise them and make new, achievable ones.
What do you want for this year? To lose that weight for the summer, save money, quit those bad habits? Perhaps you need changes around the home, family or with loved ones by spending more quality time with them.
Consider creating new goals (see my article on goal setting ) or jounalling about your goals to set your intentions. Now is also a perfect time to write and burn. Light a candle and write down what no longer serves you or what you wish to let go of. Then burn it to set your intentions to the universe (making sure you do this safely and have a fire proof receptacle at hand). The burning can be done outside.
Now is a perfect time to do spring cleaning, of the mind, body as well as the home.
Picture: A photo I took in 2012, welcoming the sun at Avebury, England