Vernal Equinox – Ostara

The time of the year equivalent to 6am

We enter the light half of the year and rise from sleep

Light reaches its peak of increasing at 4 minutes per day compared to 1 minute/day at the solstice. It will continue to increase but more gradually from now until the summer solstice.

The full moon rises high above me.
as cloud tips are blushed pink by the setting sun.
And Branch tips bud all around us.
A frog croaks gloriously.
Later, our first garden fire of the year sends sparks
up into the dark night sky.
and luminous lines of hot light stretch after them
As the dead wood of the old year burns.

The Spring equinox marks the return of the light bringing longer days and a reset in terms of fertility. We attune to this energy by coming out of our cocoon to plant the seeds of new beginnings.The season of hibernation has officially ended. Traditionally, the equinox was celebrated as a time to cleanse out stagnant energy within the self and homes.

As we move into Aries season, the first sign in the zodiac wheel, it is the time to reflect and reset our intentions, our seeds for this growing season, from now until the harvest at autumn equinox. Ushering in a period of rebirth, we feel pulled toward tackling new and exciting projects and experiment with our creativity.

Many cultures celebrate the coming of Spring. The celts attribute the changes that are going on in the world to an increase in the powers of their God and Goddess (the personifications of the great force that is at work in the world). At the time of Spring Equinox the God and the Goddess are ofter portrayed as The Green Man and Mother Earth. The Green Man is said to be born of Mother Earth in the depths of winter and to live through the rest of the year until he dies at Samhain.To celebrate Spring Equinox some Pagans act out the roles of Spring God and Goddess, playing out courtship and symbolically planting seeds. 

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