A Time to Start Over? Here’s What the Spring Equinox Really Means
The Spring equinox takes place when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This alignment means that both hemispheres will see an equal amount of light and experience an equal balance between nighttime and daytime. But the power of the Spring equinox goes far beyond the basic want for more sunlight in our days.
In Celtic tradition, this also marks the midpoint between two Gaelic festivals – Imbolc (Feb 1st) and Beltane (May 1st). Beltane is the mid-point of spring and Imbolc marks the end of winter which suggests the most challenging part of the year is over. Modern rituals celebrate the spring equinox with the use of flowers, gemstones and incense, and meditations on the message of rebirth. But what else does it mean?
The spring equinox is a time when the promise of Imbolc is realized in the leaves and flowers that reappear in our immediate surroundings. It means the sun is gathering strength, the days are becoming warmer and the wilds are coming alive. It’s a time when a bright future beckons and the hopeful time of Imbolc is replaced with a renewed sense of energy that can allow for a time to recharge and start over.