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Embracing Balance: Exploring Spring Equinox

As the days grow longer and the weather begins to warm, we welcome the arrival of spring. This season is marked by the spring equinox, a time of balance and renewal.

The spring equinox is a time to embrace the energy of renewal and balance. It's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the past, set intentions for the future, and welcome the new season with open arms. Let's explore the significance of spring equinox and how it is celebrated around the world.

What is Spring Equinox?

The Science Behind It

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The spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs when the sun is directly above the equator, resulting in equal amounts of daylight and darkness. This phenomenon happens twice a year, with the other equinox occurring in the fall.

The spring equinox is significant because it marks the transition from the dark, cold days of winter to the bright, warm days of spring. It's a time of balance, with the sun and moon in perfect alignment.

The Spiritual Significance

In many cultures, the spring equinox is seen as a time of rebirth and renewal. It's a time to let go of the old and welcome the new. The balance of light and dark also symbolizes the balance between the masculine and feminine energies within us.

How is Spring Equinox Celebrated?

Spring Equinox Poems

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Poetry has long been used to celebrate the changing of seasons, and the spring equinox is no exception. Many poets have written beautiful verses about the arrival of spring, such as this excerpt from "Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins:

"Nothing is so beautiful as spring -- When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;"

Spring Equinox Rituals

Rituals are a powerful way to connect with the energy of the spring equinox. Many people choose to perform a ritual to release the old and welcome the new. This can be as simple as lighting a candle and setting intentions for the season ahead.

Others may choose to perform a more elaborate ritual, such as a spring equinox tarot spread. This spread can help you gain insight into the energies at play during this time and guide you towards your goals for the season.

Spring Equinox Traditions Around the World

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The spring equinox is celebrated in various ways around the world. In Japan, the arrival of spring is marked by the blooming of cherry blossoms, and people gather to have picnics under the trees. In Iran, the spring equinox is celebrated as the Persian New Year, known as Nowruz.

In Mexico, the spring equinox is celebrated at the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Thousands of people gather to witness the shadow of the serpent god Kukulkan slither down the steps of the pyramid, symbolizing the return of spring.

How Can You Celebrate Spring Equinox?

Connect with Nature

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One of the best ways to celebrate the spring equinox is to connect with nature. Take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and soak up the sun. This is a great time to start a garden or plant some flowers to welcome the new season.

Perform a Ritual

As mentioned earlier, performing a ritual can be a powerful way to celebrate the spring equinox. You can create your own ritual or find one online that resonates with you. Remember to set intentions for the season ahead and release anything that no longer serves you.

Read a Spring Equinox Poem

Spring Equinox Poemby Ellie Ellien (https://unsplash.com/@ellienelie)

Reading a spring equinox poem can be a beautiful way to connect with the energy of the season. You can find many poems online or in books, or you can even write your own. Allow the words to inspire you and set the tone for the season ahead.

Here are some classic spring poems from the Poetry Foundation that truly inspire... Spring Poems: Classic and contemporary poems to celebrate the advent of spring

Spring Equinox Tarot Spread

Spring Equinox Tarot Spreadby Chandra Oh (https://unsplash.com/@ceveoh)

As mentioned earlier, a spring equinox tarot spread can be a powerful tool for gaining insight into the energies at play during this time. Here is a simple three-card spread you can try:

  1. The Past: This card represents what you are leaving behind as you enter the new season.
  2. The Present: This card represents the energy of the spring equinox and what you should focus on during this time.
  3. The Future: This card represents what you can expect in the coming months and what you should be working towards.

Check out this article from Medium.com... The Spring Equinox + a 12-month tarot spread

Whether you choose to connect with nature, perform a ritual, or simply read a spring equinox poem, take this moment to celebrate the beauty of this special time of year.

Happy spring equinox!

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