This Friday marks the start of the vernal equinox for us here in the Northern Hemisphere: the first day of spring! Many cultures and religions around the world celebrate spring as a time of rebirth. There is Easter, Ostara, Passover, Maslenitsa, the feast of Cybele, the festival of Isis, No Ruz and Higan – to name just a few!
Traditionally, the first day of spring was important to our ancestors, marking the return of lengthening days and the warmth of the growing sun. This was cause for much celebration with the start of the new year cycle; the marriage of the sun (male) and the moon (female) bestowing the earth with fertility and new life to blossom forth.
The Easter rabbit originates from Pagan mythology, with the rabbit (or hare) as a messenger of the moon gifting the goddess with precious coloured eggs, symbolising life. Many cultures have their own folk lore and legends associated with painted eggs as a symbol of fertility and birth; nowadays we tend to enjoy chocolate eggs and decorate the house with baskets of spring flowers.
Whatever our beliefs, we observe spring as a time of new beginnings, starting afresh and sowing seeds for the year ahead. And this Friday promises to be quite spectacular: Eclipses and Supermoons and Equinox, oh my!
If you haven’t already seen mum’s article on charging your cards on the Solar Eclipse you can read it here. We've got ours in the window ready :-) And don’t forget to make your wish on this powerful new moon!