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The Vernal Equinox

The Vernal Equinox 

The first day of spring happens on Thursday, 20th March 2020, at 03.49 GMT if you are in the Northern Hemisphere. Check the time depending on where you’re situated.

This is the earliest Vernal (Spring) Equinox that has occurred in 124 years according to the Old Farmers’ Almanac.

The spring equinox is also called Ostara, named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ostara or Eostre. Eostre is the Saxon version of the Mesopotamian goddess, Astarte. Many old names for the Spring goddess simply mean Star: Ishtar, Astarte, Esther, Astre, Stella Maris and Ostara.

The tarot card the Empress, which represents the All-Mother, has a later counterpart or corresponding card: the Star. The Star card represents the Star of the goddess Isis which symbolises the annual flooding of the Nile that brought sustenance and food to Egypt in ancient times and today. The flooding of the Nile is celebrated by Egyptians as an annual holiday for two weeks starting August 15 which happens to be The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Assumption Day, in parts of Europe and South America. Ancient Egyptians believed that the annual Nile flooding occurred because the goddess Isis was weeping tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Orisis.

The star shaped white water lily, Nymphaeaceae, is the symbol of the Spring Goddess.

In the Temple of Isis, or Philea, in Egypt, the water lily is found inscribed into the columns and architecture. The water lily closes at night, sinks underwater then re-emerges in the morning. For this reason it became a symbol of the sun, creation, and regeneration in Egypt.

It’s amazing to watch a water lily open. It’s a powerful and calming mindfulness exercise.

You can see clips of water lilies opening & closing on Youtube or any botanical gardens with a water flower collection.

The first day of spring is a time to celebrate our rebirth and regeneration. The soil is beginning to warm and loosen up after the cold winter. Birds are building their nests. Driving through rural areas, you’ll see young lambs, baby goats and young calves running around in the fields. Plants and flowers start emerging. 

According to spring-cleaning folklore, this is a good time to clean everything in your home in a clockwise direction  - to invoke more positive energies in your house!

This is a perfect time to cleanse any crystals in running water, by a spring or river or in filtered water at home. Alternatively, place any crystals with self cleansing crystals such as:

Carnelian, Citrine, Clear Quartz & Kyanite.

The famous British mystic, author and Glastonbury resident, Dion Fortune started receiving communications from the Inner Planes pertaining to the creation of the universe, natural law, the evolution of consciousness, the evolution of humanity, and the nature of the mind on a certain day. That certain day was the vernal equinox.

Keeping a dream journal and practising yoga and/or any meditation techniques that you resonate with are especially beneficial during the vernal equinox.

Thanks for reading.

Amelia - 500555.

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