Glad Bringer of Brightness, hail!
Maiden of Grace, Lad of Laughter.
Gifts of vigor are returning,
Spring’s surprise, rainbow’s embrace.
Quickened be the heart within us,
Opened be our souls to grace,
May the blessing be abiding.
Welcome sit in every face.
Caitlín Matthews, Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings
Today marks the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere, and Autumn Equinox in the lands below the equator. We are all experiencing the same phenomenon: the hours of daylight and the darkness are in balance.
As my friend, the sublime artist Cate Kerr notes, it is “one of two times in the calendar year (the other being the Autumn Equinox or Mabon) when the Earth and her unruly children hover in perfect balance for a brief interval.”
It is also the time when the forces of yin and yang are also in balance.
In the Northern Hemisphere, this day is also known as Lady Day or Alban Eilir (in the Druidic traditions). After this day, the light of the year will outweigh the dark until Autumn. As Winter departs, and Spring arrives for us, the world begins anew.
Thank You, Astrologers Everywhere
Today, as noted previously, the Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the sign of new beginnings. Aries is the ram of fertility, bursting with life and initiatory power. As we arrive at the 0º point of Aries, this is the first day of the astrological year. Thus, it is recognized as International Astrology Day.
Here’s to all those brilliant women and men who, for thousands of years, have studied and interpreted the patterns of the stars. They were the healers and wisdom keepers of ancient times, and entire civilizations relied on their careful calculations and interpretations.
Whether you practice Vedic, Sidereal, or Tropical astrology, modern medicine and astronomy, plus countless individual stories across the centuries, owe you a great debt. May you continue to learn and advise in your profound service to humanity.
The Magickal Full SuperMoon
As I discussed in this week’s Tarot Card of the Week, this Equinox is punctuated by a rare Full Moon, which only occurs about once every 19 years or so, made even rarer because this will also be a so-called SuperMoon. The term “SuperMoon” was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, and then adopted by astronomers (not the other way round!). It describes when either a Full or New Moon is in its perigee; in other words, in Her closest approach to Earth.
My friend, Aries birthday girl Elisabeth Grace, discusses this powerful combination for the start of the season being illuminated by this perigee Full Moon:
At 9:43 PM ET, the Libra Moon will exactly oppose the Aries Sun, pitting the expression of me-me-me Aries against the we-we-we need of the Libra Moon. Who will win? Illumination and release in matters of diplomacy, partnership and relationship are the likely fallout.
Whatever comes out is sure to capture our attention, as this Full Moon is happening at the aforementioned Aries Point. It’s likely to involve leaders — in government and commerce. Watch the news!
There are other important waves of energy also pushing us towards new beginnings, including the disruptive nonconformist Uranus still at 0 degrees of Taurus, and teacher/healer Chiron also in Aries, as of February is now at only 1 degree of Aries.
And it is also important to note that millions of people in India are celebrating the joyful renewal festival of Holi on this magical Full Moon.
Spring’s Goddess Stories
Blessed is the Goddess now, as the young Maiden. She brings the miracle of ever-renewing Life. Ostara, sometimes called Eostre or Eostara, is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals. This, my friends, is our celebration of the resurrection of life.
Eostre, the Saxon Goddess of fertility (and source of the words “Easter” and “estrogen”), and Her German counterpart, Ostara, are the Goddesses often invoked at this Sabbat. This is also the day when Demeter, whose grief imposes Winter upon the world, rejoices at Her daughter Persephone’s release from the Underworld, and so brings everything back to life again.
Similarly, Amaterasu of Japan is called forth from Her brokenhearted, self-imposed exile at this time, thanks to the bawdy humor of the Goddess Uzume. As Amaterasu emerges from Her cave, life is restored to all that was dead in Winter, and Springtime arrives.
Some Craft traditions also worship the Green Goddess and the Lord of the Greenwood. She blankets the Earth with fertility, bursting forth from Her sleep, as the God stretches and grows to maturity. He walks the greening fields and delights in the abundance of Nature.
Pagans celebrate Ostara in many ways, including lighting fires at sunrise, ringing bells, and decorating hard-boiled eggs, an ancient Pagan custom associated with the Goddess of Fertility, long before Easter bunnies replaced Ostara’s sacred hares.
The Spring Equinox is a time of new beginnings, of action, of planting seeds for future grains, and of tending gardens. Spring is a time of the Earth’s renewal, a rousing of nature after the cold sleep of winter. As such, it is an ideal time to clean your home to welcome the new season.
“Spring cleaning” is much more than simply physical work. It may be seen as a sacred rite that rids our homes of any negativity or stuffiness from left from winter.
I like to make a tea of burdock and/or lemon and add it to my floor wash. I have found that burdock is very powerful for clearing the vibes after there have been arguments or interpersonal stress, which can often accompany Winter’s “cabin fever.” For some additional ideas about how to practice cleaning as spellcraft, check out this site.
Other things to focus on at this time include working with the energy of openings and new beginnings. Spring is associated with the element of Air – so now is a time to work with communication, ideas, stories and songs, and developing new skills.
It is also ideal for spellwork around fertility and abundance. Now is the time to start putting those plans and preparations you made at Imbolc into action and begin physically manifesting those resolutions.
May the Lady and the Lord bring you lush abundance,
joyfulness and renewal today!