Spring Equinox, also known as the Vernal Equinox was officially Monday, March 20, and now we’re in the midst of Easter Week, with Christian traditions celebrating the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ.
It is not just coincidence that these two events align. Long before it became a Christian Holy time, Easter was a pagan festival of resurrection and triumph of life over human death and form.
In a bigger picture, far beyond religious ideas or Easter egg hunts, Spring Equinox and Easter merge to carry a message of greater spiritual truth.
In springtime, life on Earth is influenced by an influx of universal energy. The ancient Egyptians knew this. They build the Great Sphinx so it points directly toward the rising sun on the day of vernal equinox. The Mayans knew it also. They left of phenomenal display of their knowledge at the Chichen Itza pyramid. Each year on the spring equinox, the light of the sun makes a play of light and shadow on the stairs.
All of the earth’s seasons are energetically designed to promote specific evolutionary needs. They are actual astronomical events. We see this truth reflected in the hidden mysteries and cycles of Nature. Autumn is the time to plant seeds. Winter is the gestation of the seed and the taking root. In spring is the bursting forth of those seeds into new life that will be harvested in the summer.
In spring, there is a reduction in the Earth’s magnetic field, making it easier to release old patterns and awaken new ones. As we attune to this cycle, we support our evolution and our personal transcendence. As we die to old ways of being, we move into higher consciousness. In doing so, we expand beyond the fear and limitations of human life to a place of greater divine truth.
The complete cycle of the seasons reminds us that life is continual and never-ending. It is an on-going process of birth, death, and rebirth. It is an eternal process of cleansing and growth.
Spring Equinox and Easter reawaken us to life from our winter sleep. We are reminded that light returns. It always does.
There is a story of Ostara, the goddess Queen of the Springtime, whose name the word Easter may have been derived. It is said that when Ostara first came to earth, at the very beginning of the world, she noticed how dark and cold everything seemed. She knew that the life force in everything was sleeping, waiting for its time to wake again. She realized that she was sent to earth to wake things up.
Spring comes to waken the life force in all life.
We see this surge of energy in action as the earth bursts into new life around us, and within us. From deep inside we feel an urge to move our lives forward, like a seed pushing forth out of the earth into the air, like a baby being born into new life.
Here are some practical things you can do to get in sync with this natural cycle and create a fresh burst of personal growth:
- Clear out the old: material things, activities, people, or thought patterns–anything that keeps you stuck or limits your fullest expression. The ritual of springcleaning actually comes from the ancient mystery temples, when rituals to cleanse old energy would be performed at the exact moment that the sun moved into alignment with the equator. We are energetically supported at this time to create space for new growth and new opportunities by removing accumulated negative energy in ourselves and in our homes.
- Connect with the energy of “newness.” This is an excellent time to initiate new order in your life–implement new routines, revise the structure of your day, explore new ideas, try new things. Feel free to express yourself in a new way.
- Go within. This is a great time for inner work, as the powerful impulses of spring support us to attune more deeply to life’s mysteries. Esoteric Christianity teaches that there is a profound significance to this time of year, as the events in the life of Jesus symbolically reflect the path we all must walk to move into divine consciousness. Spend time in silence to hear your inner teacher.
- Release your healing energies and allow more of your personal light to shine. Show compassion and caring. Use the creative power of your thoughts to send healing energy and prayers to others. Tend to the earth. Consider what you might do to make things better.
- Consciously connect with the spiritual aspect of being. Reflect on what give your life value and meaning. Engage in a spiritual practice, such as guided mediation, church services, connection with nature, inspirational reading–any activity that keeps you aware of the spark of divinity within you, that helps you remember that there is a bigger picture and a greater truth.
- Gain awareness to move fully live your soul mission. Look for new ways to be of service, as well as new opportunities to support others. This is a time when new spiritual teachers are often awakened to their tasks and purpose. It is clearly a time to think about your higher purpose, and how you can bring your unique gifts more fully out into the world.
- Focus on conscious transmutation. It is an ideal time to assert the will of the soul over that of the personality. Let your higher self rise and lead the way, integrating the ego. Do your best to stay centered, calm, and steady. Do things that keep your vibration high: laugh, give and get hugs, express your creativity, whatever makes you feel inspired and uplifted.
With the renewal that comes with spring, we recognize that every moment in life is an opportunity for rededication to the highest quest, the spiritual. We learn to see the long journey of life an as unbroken series of ever-fresh beginnings. And we find joy in the journey, in the opportunity to clear and refine, growing in the ability to ever more fully express the higher consciousness of the soul.