Despite these current times of wild consternation and chaotic upheaval, the shifting of the seasons remains constant. Despite the turmoil of the climate and the lingering heaviness in our bones, spring is still coming. If we open our eyes beyond the veil, spring is here, blossoming in places previously hardened over.
March 19th marks Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It aligns with the astrological ingress into Aries season; the first sign of the zodiac, the primordial child. It heralds fiery change, feisty new beginnings, fertile new seeds, and activates our inner willpower. We are not in the in between time anymore, this period of the wheel is direct, raw, brazen and full of pure energy to be utilized. This is where we pause to look around at all the new unfolding in our lives and all that we wish to begin. We are asked to invoke more creative dynamism, take more risks and be more willing to embark into uncharted territory. We are asked to have remarkable confidence in our own abilities.
The earth seems to pause at equinox, where we get to fully enjoy a day of equal night and day. How can we make space to pause and honor this shift, this balancing of the cosmic scales, in our personal lives? How can we activate our inner Aries ram after the long winter slumber? How can we re-energize ourselves so that we are excited to go forth again? How can we let our new found aliveness make room for more beauty and grace?
Rituals and practices that honor the seasonal shifts ground us, they connect us with that which is larger and older than us. They connect us to an ancient wheel of time that keeps us in rhythm with the earth and her natural cycles. Rituals nurture our inherent nature.
Here are some simple ways to connect with springtime wherever you may reside~
If you practice tarot, or are wanting to learn, pull The Emperor Card from your deck out and put it on an altar. Study and work with the energy of this card for the month. (It is also numerically the collective card for the whole 2020 year.) The Emperor is connected to Aries, powerful new beginnings, power structures, leadership, authority, and father figures. Look at your relationship to these aspects and meditate on how to better align yourself in a more empowered way.
Have a bonfire, candle lit dinner, or fire in the hearth. Spring is a time to celebrate making it through the cold, dark, hard times. To honor that which kept us literally and symbolically alive the last six months of the year, to give thanks to the lightness of being that always comes back around. We are deserving of this joy and moment of reprieve, soak it up with those who love.
Written by Alexa Rae
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