Spring is fast upon us, the birds are singing a little louder, the crocus flowers has braved the in-climate weather and poked through the snow to put on a show, and within us a restlessness is occurring in our behavior. The clocks have sprung us forward and this Sunday 3/20 is the Vernal Equinox. Equinox in Latin is “equal night”, a day where the sun rises and sets for all of us on earth. A chance to flirt with both our sun and moon sides, our winter and our summer selves, and our shadow halves and our light. With the onset of spring, our days will continue to grow longer beckoning us to come out from our hibernations, our reflections, and our darker moments. But now it is just the start, so there is still a hint of the old, a taste of winter lingers as the pendulum swings – 70 degrees one day, big fat fluffy snowflakes the next.
Before we bust free into the springiest of spring seasons, we must look back at winter and see what we’ve learned. A study in Positive Psychology calls this ‘caving’, where we go back so that we can go forward. Right now, it is March 16th, a day I always remember. It was this day, 2 years ago that our world changed forever, and I can see it. I can see myself and all the days leading up to the 16th- teaching my last in person classes, drinks at syndicated with Rupaul, and my first Zoom with Love class. Now is not then, so much has happened, so much has changed, and we have been hurt greatly. Perhaps to heal we must go to the hurt and we must be tender to our hearts as they continue to find hope from the hard.
As we roll up our sleeves to breakup the cold hard earth (within us and around us), we can sit with these past reflections and look back to question –
What do you want to clear out from the past, both outside and inside?
What do you wish to see happen in this new season?
Take a little time to sit, journal, and reflect on what you want to clear/clean out so that you can make room for new beginnings. Me, personally, I want to do a deep clean of my house, a cleanse for my body, and as the soil has been toiled plant new seeds for growth and expansion.
HOW TO BUILD AN EQUINOX ALTAR
From Chani Nicholas
Since time immemorial, humans the world over have marked the equinoxes as special, potent, and even holy. Some cultures erected monuments; some peoples made pilgrimages; others gathered to feast, celebrate, and perform rituals that helped them align with the energies of the new season.
Because of this, we wanted to offer you some ideas about how to engage with this moment. Below, you’ll find a list of altar suggestions, and below that, a list of rituals, to help you honor the seasonal shift.
If this is your first time making an altar, please know that there is no right or wrong way to do it. You can think of an altar as a physical space that you are creating to honor the seasons, your inner world, the planets, or a quiet place in your home dedicated to your psychological, spiritual, and emotional healing.
After preparing your altar, you can sit at it, meditate, pray, journal, pull tarot cards, or simply bask in its beauty. You can build an altar before or after any of the rituals listed below, or do any of the rituals without building an altar.
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