Equinox means "equal night." The sun is now positioned above the equator. Day and night are very nearly equal in length all over the world. For the Nothern Hemisphere, it is the Spring Equinox because the sun is moving into the North. From now until the Autumnal Equinox, night time will be shorter than day time. Days will continue to become longer and longer until Summer Solstice. (For the Southern Hemisphere, the situation is reversed and Fall begins.) In 2020, March 19th is the date of spring equinox-- first time to be on the 19th since 1896! The moment of equinox happens later at 10:50PM Central Time.
The name "Ostara" comes from a Teutonic lunar Goddess of fertility, Eostre (also Eastre and Oestara). Her chief symbols are the bunny and the egg. The bunny is for fertility and because ancient worshippers often saw the image of a rabbit in the full moon. The egg represents assurance of renewal, the cosmic egg of creation.
Norse celebrated the feast of the
goddess Iduna, bearer of the magick apples of life, symbol of the light
half of the year. Ancient Greeks held Dionysia, a festival of the wine
The Great Sphinx of Egypt points directly toward the
rising Sun on the day of vernal equinox. For
those of the Baha'i faith it is the beginning of a new year. Easter, the Christian high holy day
celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is near at hand as well.
Through March 25th-- an Olde Calendar fixed date known as "Old Lady Day"-- this is a special time of light-dark balance. The same holds for yin and yang, Earth and Heaven, the forces of feminine and masculine energy.
As we celebrate the rebirth of Nature and the coming lushness of Summer, it is an excellent point in the year to clear out, open up, and begin anything new. This is when to completely revitalize something, to enliven old communications, and to create new connections. For a start, be sure to view tonight's Chaste Full Moon!
Clearing a space for a garden
Leafy green vegetables, eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, lamb, rabbit, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fresh dairy produce, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds, pine nuts, flower dishes and sprouts
Teas of dandelion, hyssop, linden
Herbs and Other Plants
Ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrop, narcissus, crocus ..., all spring flowers
Egg, rabbit, basket/nest; also the butterfly, cocoon, New Moon, the element Air, the direction East, and the time of dawn
Mainly pastels: lemon yellow, robin's egg blue, pale green, and pale pink; also grass green, violet, and white
Jasper, aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone
Jasmine, dragon's blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, strawberry, ... practically any floral scent
Lotus, magnolia, ginger