6 Restorative Rituals For Celebrating The Spring Equinox
Tuesday, March 20, is the vernal equinox. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today marks the arrival of spring—a joyful time of awakening and rebirth. The dark months are now over, and we are moving into the warmth of the growing sunlight.
Just like nature, your own spirit is also likely waking up right about now. Spring's warm, fresh energy can make us feel inspired after winter's cool rest. This time of year is often one of excitement and new ideas to examine and harvest. Embrace this time of new beginnings with these simple ways to celebrate the spring equinox and invite some of its rich, powerful, expansive energy into your life:
1. Wake up with the sun.
Spring is the dawn of a new day. Embrace this new beginning by setting your alarm early and waking up with the sun. As you watch the sun rise, feel your spirit being filled with this fresh energy and use the mantra, "My life is infused with the powerful growth energy of spring." Mark this morning as the beginning of new projects.
2. Take a walk.
Plan a special spring equinox walk and look for signs of spring. (If you have kids in your life that you want to celebrate with, this is a great activity for them!) As you walk outside in the fresh air, collect signs of the season—little buds and small flowers you find along the way. Place them on your altar or another sacred space where you can enjoy them and be reminded of spring's bright, beautiful energy.
Make sure you pick in a way that's respectful to nature, and don't take flowers growing on a single stem, like daffodils or tulips. Stick to loose items, and be sure to say a simple thank you to Mother Earth for sharing her bounty.
3. Examine balance in your life.
Today, the Earth is in perfect balance, and day and night are equal in length. This makes it the perfect time to examine the balance of your own life.
Reflect on questions like these:
- Where do I feel balanced in my life?
- Where do I feel out of balance? What can I do to return balance to that part of my life?
4. Open a window.
I have a tradition of leaving my bedroom window open on the night before the spring equinox. I love waking up to the sound of the birds chirping and the smell of the fresh, damp morning. It's a beautiful way to start this sacred day.
5. Journal about the new beginnings in your life.
The spring equinox is a powerful time to look at the new beginnings in your own life and examine what intentions you want to plant this spring.
Here are some great journal questions to reflect on:
- What have you been dreaming about over winter? What do you want to start this spring?
- What new ideas do you feel alive with? What do you feel inspired and excited about?
- What is already coming to life around you?
Each season brings its own distinct energy to support you in your personal growth. Spring delivers the motivation to dive into your new plans and new ideas. Happy equinoxing!
Psst...today's equinox coincides with a major astrological event! Learn all about it here.