March 4th 2018
Spring Equinox, on March 21st brings out all that lovely symbolism we have come to associate with the Pagan paths, and as ever, the symbolism reflects what is happening in nature at this time. In our more rural spaces, farmers everywhere are related to many a sleepless night as the ewes are now lambing; hares start to emerge from their nests and become very active, following a quiet winter; and little green shoots are starting to appear. But what about the urban landscape? How is Spring reflected away from the wider rural spaces.
In London my garden of cold clay has started to erupt into the colours of Spring, in spite of the recent snow fall – White snowdrops, yellow daffodils, and the pale lilacs and yellows of the crocus. The blackthorn has burst into blossom, even though the trees have not yet shown signs of the leaves that will follow in the next month or so. The signs of colour are blooming in every window box, and every city park. The skies are also beginning to show signs of blue peaking between the gaps in the heavy grey cloud.
So what is happening magically at this time? In circle we celebrate the awakening of the world. The candle that we kindled at Imbolc has burst into flame. The Great God Pan is on the move again, his shaggy-limbed antics becoming gleeful, full of trouble, and impulsive. Pan, like that other symbol of Spring Equinox the hare, is seen as the trickster. Hares have now emerged from their winter nests and are beginning to become active again. The Mad March Hare of Alice in Wonderland, or Brer Rabbit are good examples of this march madness – the males are boxing each other, competing in a show of masculine prowess, but they are also a symbol of the moon, of femininity, and fertility.
This is a time of continued planting, and of tending the seedlings of the work you began at Imbolc, and are hoping to achieve in this cycle of the Wheel of the Year. This is the time to ensure we are taking concrete steps towards our magical goals, since magic will only take you so far – you still need to put in the physical real-world work as well. If you want to be a writer, this is the time to sign up for a Creative Writing class. If you want to be a photographer, start putting a plan in place for how you might exhibit your work somewhere. Write those letters, and start emerging from your own winter nest to start making e contacts with people who can help you. Magic might grease the wheels of the work, but you still need to put your back behind the machine and give it a good shove.
The Spring Equinox is also another point of balance in the year – between masculine and feminine, dark and light. For just a fleeting moment, we reach that point of equilibrium again. There are things to consider when we contemplate the juggling of balance in our lives:
Where do you need more balance in your life?
Where might the scales have been tipped too far to one side?
Ways to Celebrate Spring Equinox
Spring Equinox is all celebrating the signs