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The equinox marks a point of the year when day and night are equally balanced. It’s a perfect time to pause, reflect, and reconnect with yourself. Ensuring that you too are in equal balance.
It’s an opportunity to recognise the passing of time, moving from one season to the next and to celebrate the changing of these seasons. It’s also worth noting that the Sun begins its journey through Aries at this time of year, which is the start of its cycle through the star signs.
Whether you’re looking for a way to honour the cycles of life or just to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, here are five ways to celebrate the equinox and connect with renewal. From honouring your environment to savouring seasonal treats, you can find a way to make the most of the equinox and to create an unforgettable experience of connection with nature.
Reasons to Celebrate the Equinox
The Equinox is a beautiful time for reflection and renewal. Celebrating the equinox is a wonderful way to take a moment to reflect and celebrate the change of seasons. This is a perfect time to ground yourself, give thanks for all that has come before, and create a vision for the year ahead.
Wherever you are on the planet, there is always a connection to nature. For those in the Northern hemisphere, the 21st of March is symbolic of a time of new beginnings and of life emerging further from the grips of winter. It is a good time of year for spotting emerging leaves on the trees and for watching animals tend to their new young. For those of us enjoying the turn away from summer, this time of year is often a second celebration of the harvest, a celebration for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to gather for the coming winter months. It is a good time of year for observing the changing colours as nature prepares for winter
The 21st of March marks the beginning of the Sun’s journey through Aries. Aries is often associated with strength, whether these are strong beginnings or strong endings, there’s no doubt the equinox makes a good time to start a project or wind up a piece of work. Would starting something new, or finishing something off, help you bring a sense of balance?
Honour the environment
One of the coolest ways to celebrate the equinox is to simply honour the local environment through small acts of renewal. There are many ways to do this. From the grandest such as holding a ceremony or planting a tree through to the more intimate like taking time out of your day to appreciate the world around you, making your own private connection to the environment. Give some thought to volunteering by cleaning up your local park or nature reserve, this is a great way to honour your local environment and to connect with nature at the same time. If the weather suits, you can also work in your garden or plant some window sill seeds. Watching these grow and change over the course of the year can be another meaningful way to connect with nature through your own environment, providing a sense of renewal.
Plan a Potluck
If you’re looking to bring back some relationship balance, you could celebrate the equinox with friends or family. One way to do this is with a potluck lunch. This is a great way to bring people together and to celebrate the equinox. You can make it even more special by choosing a theme. Perhaps you can all bring dishes that reflect the passing of the seasons or that symbolise the change from this season to the next. This method of celebrating the equinox, through the company of friends, is a sure way to bring back some much needed harmony and work/life balance.
Go for a Walk
One of the best ways to celebrate the equinox is to just go on a walk, even if this is just round your neighbour. Starting a new habit like walking is a wonderful way to connect with the outside and to enjoy the passing of the seasons. Just noticing any changes in the trees you see, the plants that are available (or not). Feel the weather on your face, bringing your attention to the temperature of the air and the amount of sunlight or starlight you can see. Which brings us on to…
If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate the equinox, why not go stargazing? This is a different way to connect with nature, by appreciating the beauty of the night sky. You don’t have to be an expert these days, there are so many wonderful apps that you could use to see the names of the constellations and if any of the brighter objects that are our planetary neighbours. You could even see if any of the objects we’ve put up there are flying overhead, such as the International Space Station.
Reflect and Renew
If you are more of a homebody, there are still many ways to celebrate the equinox and to connect with nature. You can host a special feast and enjoy the bounty of the seasons through the food you cook. The equinox is also an excellent time to reflect on the year so far. To check in with your intentions from the beginning of the year or to set intentions for the coming year. You can do this by grabbing some tarot or lenormand cards and doing a new beginnings spread. You can also reflect and renew by simply reaping the benefits of meditation.