The word ‘equinox’ is derived from Latin meaning equal and ‘nox’ meaning night. On the Spring Equinox we experience a balance of the day and the night, equal amounts of light and dark on the same day. The hours of daylight have been growing slightly longer each day since the Winter Solstice in June, which is the shortest day of the year. Even after three months of lengthening days, we still see less light than darkness over the course of a day. The Spring equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to over take the darkness and we begin to lean toward the sun again. This is the time of year when we begin to experience more life force, creative energy within our minds and bodies and a return of the light.
Spring Equinox 23rd September
As the darkness diminishes and the light increases you may feel your imagination building and your creative energy increasing, perhaps a lifting of the fog and a dropping of the cozy Winter blanket that you have been curled up in. In the darkest months of the year we are encouraged to go within and be in the silence of inner darkness. As the Spring Equinox occurs, we can rely on the return of our own light & energy and the richness of our own internal garden where we can plant our seeds of intention.
In Winter, we worked with the kidneys, the element of water and the emotion of fear. The return of the light presents us with an opportunity to take the time to release our fears and create new intentions for ourselves. As we transition into Spring, we work with the liver, the element of wood and the new growth that this brings.
Now is a time to celebrate the freshness of life and to take the time to raise our energy to regenerate abundance and manifest our dreams and goals. Wood is all about growing. What seeds are we planting? Where do we wish to grow?
Connecting with our deepest desires does not involve knowing the answers to all of our questions. It’s only in not knowing that we can be truly receptive and it’s only in being receptive that we can discover, learn and evolve.
In becoming really honest with ourselves we can learn the practice of unknowing and non-attachment to the outcome. We invite new possibilities and natural flow into our lives.
This time brings forth, “light and darkness dancing together, born together, born of each other, neither preceding, neither following, both fully being in joyful rhythm,” as Madeleine L’Engle writes in A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
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