How to use the Equinox and Solstice days in 2019
By Jan Spiller With updates by Stephanie Shea
Wednesday, March 20, 5:59pm EDST
The SPRING EQUINOX is that point when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. It ushers in the predominance of the energies of the first three signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. These signs strive to establish personal identity and survival on Planet Earth.
Note: In both the Spring and Autumnal equinoxes, the season change depends upon your hemisphere. In both hemispheres the progression of the signs of the zodiac – underlying the ambiance in the atmosphere – is identical, so the ritual for maximizing the time periods ahead remains the same.
Aries is discovering who they are and their burst of energy spreads seeds for new beginnings. Taurus is establishing who they are and is concerned with using their energy in practical ways that build a stable base of comfort. Gemini is thinking about who they are, activating the mind and going into motion to connect their thoughts to others.
Thus, the Spring Equinox ushers in the springtime months – a time for new beginnings! Energy is active and your life is ready for you to plant new seeds that will determine your year ahead as well as impact the rest of your life. It is time for self-assertion, individuality, going your own way to achieving those aims that are close to your heart.
Just as farmers know that by planting their crops in the springtime they will have a harvest in the Fall to carry them through the more difficult times, this is the time of year for you to focus on discovering the new you who is emerging. Let your spirits soar and actively create a new chapter in your life that opens the way to happy times ahead.
Best uses of this time of year: be willing to explore new horizons, take trips, and try new things. Be aware of your finances and what you can do to increase or stabilize them. Go out and about and socialize to gain a greater understanding of how society thinks and to gain information and new social connections that can make your life better in the times ahead. Be willing to stretch your capabilities and learn more about yourself during these months.
HONORING LIFE ON THE DAY OF THE SPRING EQUINOX:
Wednesday, March 20, 5:59pm EDST
Timing is everything. By taking advantage of opportunities when the larger timing is right, you achieve a success. For example, when the tide is out in the ocean, it’s not a propitious time for the sport of surfing. The rules we’re shown daily by mother nature are self evident. By cooperating with that larger timing, we can fit into the natural world and use its cycles to our advantage.
By using the principles of natural timing, we cooperate with life and know when to pull back and when to press forward for success. The times of moving forward can be used for initiating new directions that are important for us. The times for pulling back can be used for reinforcing our position, organizing our lives and growing stronger within ourselves. The times of balance open the opportunity for consciously enjoying our lives and the people in our world.
This is a time of bringing in a quality that will help you to have a better daily life. You are asking for help from your Higher Power to strengthen this quality in yourself so that your tools will be stronger for creating success. If possible, do this ritual with at least one other person. A larger group will increase the power for all.
On this day, make a list of three qualities you would like to be added to your character. For example, courage, practicality, logic, intuition, sensitivity to others, friendliness, comfort with communication, taking a stand for yourself, having a more loving spirit, self-discipline, determination, flexibility…. any three qualities you would like to have increased at this time.
After carefully considering your list, choose ONE of the three qualities of character you would like your Higher Power to strengthen and fortify in you. On your paper, write down FOUR instances when that quality could have caused an important situation to have changed direction, more to your liking.
When it is your turn in the celebration, read the quality you would like increased (not the examples, just the quality). Everyone in the group (including yourself) first says your name, and then affirms “has the quality of ____ strong in his/her nature”. Before going to bed, place your paper under your mattress.
For the next THREE days, consciously demonstrate that quality you are increasing in a daily life situation… at LEAST one instance on each of the three days.
On the day that signifies the beginning of each of the four seasons of the year, throughout history people have gathered together in groups to celebrate bringing in the new cycle. The Honoring Life ritual suggested for bringing in the new cycle can be done alone or as part of a group that can empower the new cycle through shared celebration!