March 20, 2017 6:29 A.M. EDT
Sun enters Aries - Cardinal - Ram - Fire
Other Names meanings, history, and connections:
Equinox: The word “equinox” is from Latin, meaning equal-night. It occurs when the sun passes over the celestial equator, and night and day are equal.
Druid translation: Alban Eilir "Light of the Earth"
Vernal and other name for Spring meaning the movement of spring.
Ostera: derived from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring , and Eos the goddess of the dawn.
The Egyptians built the Great Sphinx to point directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.
Persian New Year : Noruz " New Day"
It is a celebration of hope and renewal still observed today in many Persian countries, and has its roots in Zoroastrianism. In Iran, a festival called Chahar-Shanbeh Suri takes place right before No Ruz begins, and people purify their homes and leap over fires to welcome the 13-day celebration of No Ruz. Patti Wigington
Roman Myth of Mithras:
Roman tale of Mithras: Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature's body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras' cloak became the night sky. Where the bull's blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail. - Patti Wigington
Spring Equinox's is an allegory of our Transformation, Balance and Rebirth
The Spring Equinox is a day of renaissance, a revival of artistic change, a return to first light, first thoughts (instinct/presence), and fresh insights. As the sun passes over the celestial equator, the earth is balanced with equal light and darkness. At this juncture there is midpoint between birth and death, the old and the new, wherein one can experience a resurrection, a shift of power to transform one's life. Like sleeping beauty we are waking up to a creatively fertile time.
In Tantric philosophy life is organized by the cycle of birth (beginning), life (sustaining middle), death (end), concealment (the fertile unknown - god's magic land), and the rebirth (revelation/ resurrection).
During winter the Earth is simultaneously dying and preparing to renew, it is covered (concealed) with mulch to conserve moisture, fertility, and reduce weed growth to enhance the openness of its lands. Likewise we experienced a mulching of our own psyche during winter. Concealment/darkness was necessary to clear space for new growth. In laws of attraction, the more you let go and trust, the more you receive. We are now at the threshold of transformation, stepping into a new arena of power by setting fire to the past and igniting new ideas and projects. Before these revelations bud with new light, we must face the underworld of our shadows and discern the wisdom and creative calling of our souls.
Aries like the Stag of the Wild Wood Tarot, represents our ability and responsibility to face the spring season with honest integrity.
The stag, forest king and guardian, half human and half animal and verdant with greenery, looks out from the card with a steady and calm gaze. He holds a polished hafted axe and shield. His horns reach to the sky and are mirrored in the branches of the tree, before which stands as a reminder of our comic connection to the universe and its manifestations in all organic life on the planet. The polished axe head is a manifestation of the human will to change the environment - and not always for the better, so a weighing up of action and responsibility is necessary. The shield, which bears the image of the symbolic Major Oak, reminds us that we must preserve and protect our natural resources. - The Wild Wood Tarot: Wherein wisdom resides
The stag reminds us, while we have the power to transforms our environment, it is also our duty to take care of it, and build a path in agreement with all of life.
The first call is our will power, our intention to be, associated with the Quartz Crystal. "Through spiritual practice we reawaken clear relationships with the principle of light, conscientiously planting seeds of good cause for the benefit of all" - Voices of our Ancestors - Dhyani Ywahoo
The medicine wheel is a circle, all of life exist in that circle. Rituals help us to participate and respond to the magic of life by connecting to our intentions and the world. The equinox's energy is blazing with fire to ignite ideas into action. This week enter a sacred ritual with candles, quartz crystals, fresh cut flowers, and images that inspire you. Use the Medicine Wheel (below) to help create a vision board with crafts to muse on for the spring season, free-write in a journal, and reflect inwardly sensing the body as you meditate. Become The Stag or The Lady and see what is calling you to create and birth in this new season.