What is the Spring Equinox?
The word equinox comes from Latin, meaning “equal night.” There are two equinoxes per year, one in the spring (vernal) and one in the fall (autumnal). The Spring Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) represents the exact moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator (an imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s actual equator) going north. On the day of the Equinox, we experience day and night in (mostly) equal duration, marking the halfway point between the shortest and longest days of the year.
This year the Spring Equinox happens on March 20, 2021, at exactly 9:37 am UTC. While the Equinox happens at a specific moment in time, you can align with the equilibrium of the day by tuning into the movement of the sun. The sun should rise due east around 7:00 am. Six hours later it will hit its highest point in the sky around 1:00 pm and then set due west around 7:00 pm. Only twice a year do we encounter this prime alignment in the sky, so why not honor the moment by taking a pause and tuning into it?
The Symbolism of the Equinox
In the northern half of the globe, this is the first day of Spring! The start of spring is uplifting for so many reasons. The light of our world is growing stronger and longer every day. This is intuitively refreshing to our spirits and brings illumination and movement into our lives.
Spring represents renewal, birth, new beginnings, and growth. We see and feel the manifestation of the life force before our very eyes! Ice and snow begin to melt while new buds begin to blossom, creating a sense of freshness and flow. We are filled with a renewed sense of opportunity and joy.
How to Celebrate the Spring Equinox
The Equinox reminds us that balance is a fleeting moment in time, not to be grasped but appreciated with a savory pause until it comes around again. Pausing in moments of transition, such as the seasonal junctures, can be potent portals of awareness and enlightenment that offer us the opportunity to recalibrate to our Highest Self. Use the following practices to re-align your inner nature with Mother Nature and set an intention for the coming months.
Reflection can be expressed in many unique and creative ways. Journaling or meditation can be great vehicles to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where you want to go. You might ask yourself the following questions:
How do I feel?
How have I been showing up, for myself and for others?
What is giving me life?
What is depleting me?
What do I want to release?
What do I want to invoke more of?
Clean and Donate
Spring cleaning is a thing! Do a deep clean of all the nooks and crannies that have been collecting the heavy dust of winter. Take it a step further and do a purge of your belongings. Go through your wardrobe, jewelry, books, plate ware, stacks of paper, anything! Get rid of the old and make space for what lights you up and inspires you. This seasonal ritual can be a great way to physically embody and align with your intentions while preventing stagnation. Not to mention, a regular “giving practice” keeps our spirits high and hearts open.