The bi-annual equinoxes have been celebrated for thousands of years. This year the March equinox will occurs at 10:29 UTC on March 20th. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
The tilting of earth’s axis over to a time of more light has served as a sublime reminder that light is returning to earth as it always does for centuries. It is always a time of hope and renewed confidence that life will go on and good times are to come. In some parts of the world the spring equinox was considered the New Year. It is celebrated for bringing new light, life, and beginnings. The spring equinox also has a connection to the Goddess Eostre, however modern day you may be more familiar with Easter as the holiday. Eostra was often depicted with rabbits and with eggs as they were a symbol of birth and fertility.
The spring equinox signifies that the days are getting longer after the darkness of the winter months. Spiritually it symbolizes light and darkness and the beginning of new creation. The Spring equinox is only one part of the cycle of the earth around the sun. The whole cycle is a deep spiritual and metaphorical representation of life and rebirth.
While the Easter bunny and Easter eggs have replaced the celebrations of Eostre, some traditions are still in place. For example thousands of people still pilgrimage to the Mayan Chichen Itza pyramid. For a four hour period the sun and shadows play on the stairs of the pyramid creating the illusion of a serpent slithering down the pyramid during a four hour time span.
Take advantage of the equinox to renew your Chakras and Focus on your new intentions. You can also join a celebration, there are numerous spiritual celebrations of all denominations that happen each year. You may also want to consider spring cleaning, both your heart and your hearth.