In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets
I am ecstatic to welcome in the Vernal March Equinox with a group of powerful, creative, entrepreneurial women! Via the power of social media a group of 10 to 15 women will be getting together for a modern day tea party. In New York, we call it BRUNCH!
In layman’s terms, the equinox which happens to be spring for the northern hemisphere is when the length of night and day across the world are almost equal. Almost but not quite. In the southern hemisphere, they are transitioning into their autumn.
For some, this time of year is symbolic to new beginnings, rebirth, growth, and revitalization. I looked back on some of my post written in March and there were a few themes and patterns I noticed. I find that without intending to, I tend to write about nature. I either notice it more or need to get in touch with it on a different level. I talk about spirituality. I find myself articulating thoughts on god or settling into my connection with this higher source. I also write about changes and evolutions. Whether it be a new focus for my life, noticing planets retrograding or finding that as time progresses, I myself am different.
Speaking of time, I have always been intrigued by the ways in which we measure time. The Gregorian calendar is anything but normal to me. Our reasons for things such as daylight savings or what marks a new year just don’t seem to fit with my frame of thinking. If I had it my way, I’d follow a lunar calendar. Weeks would either be four days or eight and twenty four hours just wouldn’t be enough. But that’s just me. I did some reading and discovered that the astronomical Persian calendar begins its New Year on the March equinox. To my Persian friends, Happy New Year to you!
FESTIVALS & RITUALS
Whenever there is a shift in nature, I like to mark its occurrence by a moment of significance. I came across a variety of festivals including the Teutonic festival in honor of Eostre, the Wiccan Sabbat, the Christian Feast of Annunciantion, Easter and much more. I even happened upon a Festival of Trees and the Rites of Spring in my searching.
The beauty of it all is that you can follow which ever your soul desires. As of late, I’ve been into forming my own traditions, rituals and customs. As mentioned above, this year’s vernal equinox will be marked by a wonderful meal, full of lively conversation with some amazing women. We’ve dubbed it the “New York Natural Hair Brunch.” Buts it more than that. How about the “Vernal Equinox Empowered Brunch”? No matter the name, it will be a great way to begin this new shift in nature. Perhaps after lunch, I’ll pull out some seeds from last spring and plant them again. I’m sure Granola would love some wheatgrass and I miss my herbs & plants!
Of course, there will be time set aside from writing, reflecting and who knows what else the day will bring.
How will you welcome in the spring?
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