Spring Equinox – and what it means to you!
This year, in the Western World, the Spring Equinox falls on 20th March. This is the time of year when the days and nights are equal in length. However, it also has a much deeper spiritual meaning as well as it is a time of spiritual resurrection. (Did you know that Equinox is Latin for equal night?).
Looking at Christianity first, this is the time of the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus. In Ancient Egypt this was the time when the God Osiris was resurrected. In Ancient Greece they celebrated the resurrection of their God, Dionysus. And so on, and so forth.
In practical terms, the days get longer and life springs from the dark depths of Winter. Throughout the universe both now, and in times gone past, this can be a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light. The spring equinox stands at the point of balance. On one side is the dark half of the year, and on the other the light half. This represents the struggle between the forces of darkness, sometimes known as death and decay, and the light, known as birth and life.
The spring equinox is symbolic of rebirth, renewal, and growth, and in ancient Italy, it was traditional for women to plant seeds in the gardens of Adonis on this day. In Sicily women plant seeds of grains – lentils, fennel, lettuce or flowers – in baskets and pots.
In China they associate spring with the direction East, the sunrise direction, as well as:
- the colour green,
- the sound of shouting,
- the wood element,
- the climate of wind,
- things sprouting,
- your eyes,
- your liver,
- your altruism, anger, and patience
- and a green dragon!
Not surprisingly, spring is also associated with the direction east, the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day. Next week I will talk about the ways to prepare for Spring, and the Spring Equinox.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.