Happy Equinox, Spring or Autumn wherever you live in the world, on Saturday 20 March at 09.37 UTC ( see www. timeanddate.com for the time and date in your region).
A year has passed since we entered the pandemic and at last are stirrings of spring and new life again in some parts of the world; in others the tentative harvest we are just starting to reap, using the balance of this time , equal day and night, unsteadily to restore our own equilibrium and reach out to steady others.
For those of us who are lucky to have survived or who have not been severely affected by Covid 19, there remains at the dawning of the year and the hard harvest, the person we are and have always been in our hearts.
It was all too easy to lose that real essential self in the 24/7 scramble of the previous years to reach the winning post just over the hill.
But now the child we once were, hopeful, eager; can emerge again full of dreams once we have cleared the chaos and debris, to make that better world for others as well as ourselves. For Mother Nature turns the wheel of the year without our help or interference and despite our neglect of the climate. It is not too late to try to preserve the bird song even as the traffic roars at the starting block, to appreciate the local flowers and greenery before racing for the departure gate at the airport to whoever or wherever will welcome us first regardless of if we actually want to go.
Above all we have discovered in these long, lonely months since the last Equinox we cannot guarantee the chance to make up that old quarrel next month, next year, nor say the words of love or appreciation to an empty chair. When we can meet again, it may be hard to remember why we felt so aggrieved over petty point scoring in an obscure family feud or office rivalry.
In both hemispheres, we can recall the story of Ostara the Norse goddess who opened the gates of Spring. Who knows when this tale was created, who knows where, but its message has become a truth in that ever-flowing stream of folk wisdom, to unwrap and exclaim over like a forgotten gift when it seems the world will never return to normal?
Ostara found a small dove frozen in the snow and great goddess that she was, she knew that even if she revived it, the dove would not live. So, she transformed the dove into a snow hare and said, Run and whenever people see you running, they will remember my promise that new beginnings and better times are present even in the darkest moments and new life will return from that darkness.
Go with all your heart for change when all becomes possible again, but do not give up on people or situations where there is still hope and love or where we discovered we are mortal, not angels or demons Happy Equinox Happy Equinox and so there can be forgiveness and understanding.
Wherever you live in the world on this Equinox, you might like to try this renewal of the home ritual where many of us have spent so much time in the previous months, to welcome the new energies
You will need:
A bowl of lavender, lilac or rose water or a floral fragrance diluted in a little water.
Any morning around the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere or the Autumn Equinox in the Southern hemisphere to bring new beginnings.
- Anoint each doorknob or handle in your home with a few drops of fragrance, starting from outside the front door and sprinkling a few drops on each external window ledge too, saying for each, Blessings on all, May sickness, misfortune and sorrow call here no more, henceforth do I bar every door. Let there be laughter, health and good cheer, bad luck and sadness depart now from here.
- Go indoors, again anointing door handles starting inside the front door and ledges in every room, repeating the words.
- Pour any fragrance that is left down a bathroom wash basin plughole, saying, Now, only goodness and good fortune remains. Blessings be on all who enter herein.
Happy , happy Equinox and may those I have not seen for so many months soon be restored to my life. You are always in my heart,