The Vernal Equinox is a time to honor the increasing light from the sun, the fertility of the earth, new life beginning to unfold, and a purification between the seasons. Easter and its celebration honors the miracle of rebirth, giving us a sense of renewal and continuing transformation.
One might ask, what’s with the rabbit and the eggs? And after some research into the subject, there seems to be quite a few stories regarding this “salute to Spring.” The Romans believed that “all life comes from an egg.” Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life,” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Persia, eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts.
One popular legend is that the Spring Goddess, Eostre, found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs. The hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre.” The Saxons held a feast honoring Eostre every Spring on the full moon following the Equinox. This is in line with the celebration of Easter, as these rituals from different belief systems began to merge.
The Spring Equinox is the celebration of Light coming into balance with the dark. It is a powerful time to honor both the lightness and darkness of ourselves with meaningful rituals. Ritual itself is the externalization of an internal process.
Ritual has the ability to set in motion an internal shift through an outward symbolic action.
Consider this for yourself. Breathe deeply, feel inwardly, and recognize what shift you are cultivating within yourself during this auspicious time of year.
Ritual gives us a way to claim importance to an event, a belief, or a way of Being. As we move out of winter’s darkness, it is also a time to purify the dark night of the Soul and welcome the lightness of Spring within ourselves, in accordance with the cycles of life. Acknowledging the dark, the shadow, the work that happens in the places of struggle and strain, is acknowledging our innate need to continue learning and growing and changing with the seasons of our Soul.
The stars are in your favor as well. With the full moon in Virgo, ruled by Venus, the influence is to be in your heart and find that place of stillness within so that you can move forward and see what is coming with calm and compassion. Compassion stems from the words “pati” and “cum” meaning to suffer with, or moving toward that which scares us. Marianne Williamson’s poem reminds us that “it is our Light, not our darkness that scares us most.”
Can you honor the shadow within, those dark places of your struggles and, with compassion, move into the Lightness of Your Being?
Look inside. Everything you need is there. Ask yourself: “What internal shifts are unfolding within me? What growth am I cultivating? What will I bring forth from the Lightness of my Being?”
May you celebrate this Vernal Equinox from the inside out. Let your own Light shine.