22/03/2011

The Spring equinox

The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east. The Saxon goddess, Eostre (from whose name we get the direction East and the holiday Easter) is a dawn goddess, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so the vernal equinox is the time of new life.  MORE
It occurs on or around March 21st  (this year on 20th).  This day has inspired many rituals celebrating the return of warmth, sunshine, and renewed life in the northern hemisphere.  From ancient times, the pagan peoples of Europe and Asia held their spring festivals, re-enacting regeneration myths and performing magical and religious ceremonies to make the crops grow and prosper. The egg, which miraculously bursts forth with life, was therefore identified with this time of year and was believed to have special powers.
Flowers are also identified with Spring, the country comes alive with meadows of richly coloured flowers; some of the first are Daffodils, heralds of Spring.

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