Celebrate the Spring Equinox with these rituals

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Spring Equinox falls on Sunday 20th March, and symbolises the start of the Spring Season.  The Spring Equinox marks the point where the sun crosses the equators path, and day and night last for an equal amount of time.  Beginning the run of longer days and shorter nights as we head towards the peak of summer.  Spring Equinox can be a beautiful time to celebrate the light, nature, warmth, growth and detoxifying.  These are some simple ways you can celebrate the equinox, and honour and welcome the arrival of Spring.

Watch the Sunrise

As tradition goes, pagan followers and people in the UK join together at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise.  If you can't quite make it down to see it at Stonehenge, set your alarm early, and head up a local hill to watch the changing of the skies.  What better way to celebrate the equinox than watching the sunrise, and even the sunset.  Honouring the balance between the light and the dark once more.  

Wild Flowers – Bring the outside in

Start to welcome the outside world back into your home, by removing heavy, dark curtains and opening the windows to let light and fresh air in.  A great way to bring the feeling of Spring into your home is with flowers.  When picking wild flowers, make sure to only pick what you need, and pick from an area that is a highly populated area of growth.  If you can’t pick any of your own, buy some flowers from a local market and choose seasonal, bright flowers.  Display your flowers in the main room of your house for a boost of brightness and colour to celebrate the Spring Equinox.

Seasonal flowers to look out for when picking or buying are; Daffodils, Primrose, Snowdrops, Crocus, tulips and forget me nots.

Salute the Sun with 108 Salutations

On the morning of the Equinox, awaken with the sun and get the body moving with 108 rounds of Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar.  Sun Salutations are a traditional and beautiful way to acknowledge the changing of the seasons and celebrate the sun and longer days.  Their purpose is literally to salute or celebrate the sun.  Performing a sun salutation is also a great way to start your day by loosening up the body, energising and connecting mind and body.  Visualise yourself shedding the last of the Winter energy, and reawakening and re-emerging as a new and improved version of you. 

Cleanse and detoxify

Another great way to acknowledge the start of Spring is by cleansing and clearing the old to make room for the new.  Whatever that means to you.  This could be physically spring cleaning your home, mentally clearing space, or detoxifying the physical body.  It's all about shaking off the last of the stagnant energy of Winter and preparing the body, mind and home for a lighter, brighter more energetic season ahead.  Focus on eating light healthy fresh foods packed with nutrients.  Always honouring what's in season.

Here’s some fruits and veggies to add to your shopping list this Spring; Rhubarb, Asparagus, Carrot, Radish, Lettuce and Cucumber

How will you be celebrating this Equinox?

By Donna Edwards


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