The Vernal Equinox
From the Moons of Spring series
Tomorrow, March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere, brings us the new moon, and with it, the Vernal equinox.
Traditionally known as the first day of spring, this is a particularly powerful portal and place in the moon cycle. Not only are we presented with the traditional renewal opportunities that come with the new moon, but the equinox brings us an extra powerful opportunity to imagine, invest, and and realize. It is a day of balance and equality—the light meets the dark in length and present, and balance prevails. If something has been dominant in your energy field lately, this is the perfect moment to allow it to mellow and meditate. It is a rare moment that light and dark meet as equals, and it signals the completion of the old cycle and the birth of the new one. This is the point where death and rebirth meet as one.
Use this moment to your advantage and slough off the excess so that the vibrant underbelly can rise up in all its glory. Remember that when one door closes, several more open, and it serves us very well to not waste time staring at the closed door behind us. Today is a good day to create a ceremony of release and intention, if you feel called. It’s also a good day to eat well and exercise to catalyze the release of old cells that are ready to go and aren’t serving you anymore.
Two weeks ago with the full moon, we made note of what was brewing beneath the surface. This Equinox marks the gateway—it is not the moment where your dreams come to fruition, but it is the moment where your dreams line up, fully dressed and awake, and prepare to march through the gate into your worlds. Make sure the doors are open wide and the pathway is cleared of any rocks and brambles. Your dreams will take care of the rest.
The new moon equinox is so potent and such a portal that it should not go forgotten. So many opportunities are available to us in life, and this is one of them, as subtle as it seems. The ritual of fire is most likely the oldest one in the book. Fire and water—the most timeless purifiers. This does not, however, make them any less valuable or efficient.
With this new moon the gateway unlocks, and as the darkness moves into light, it is a highly activated time to write something down and burn it. Be creative with what you write. You can write intentions or wishes, of course. But try to dig deeper. What is it that truly holds you back? What are you really afraid of? Most likely, it’s something so unsettling that putting it to words is deeply uncomfortable. These are the best things to write down. We are putting these thoughts on paper and then burning them so that they may return to the elements—to earth and air. Watching a piece of paper burn is a powerful thing. Before our very eyes it transforms—not into nothingness, but into everythingness.
You can burn your paper on a brick or concrete patio, or in a metal bucket, or in a terra cotta pot. Be safe, and don’t burn to many pieces. With the ash that remains, take the ritual one step further and toss it in your garden or compost, decide where you want to offer it back and let it be reintegrated to the earth.
About this Series
The Moons of Spring is created by Carrie-Anne Moss.
These affirmations and prompts are written by Sadie Rose Casey. Unless otherwise noted, photos by Denise Andrade-Kroon. Join us on the full moon and new moon each month through May for stories, prompts, self-care rituals, visualizations, and more!