Balance is an important consideration for this celebration: hours of daylight and darkness are equal, hence the term ‘equinox.’
“Pretty colors…everywhere / Mother Nature, she still cares…”
Thursday, March 20, 2014, is the Vernal Equinox. Lady Moon is in her third quarter in Scorpio, bringing intense water energy that balances Lord Sun’s position in fiery Aries as he continues his cycle of growth and prominence.
Balance is an important consideration for this celebration: hours of daylight and darkness are equal, hence the term “equinox.” The Wheel of Life has turned one-quarter of its total rotation and is now half-way toward the Summer Solstice; it is a good time for you and your guests to consider how you balance work, play, and spirit in your lives.
All pastel colors are good to use in your decorations and attire, with pink, yellow, and green being the more important. Incorporate images of rabbits and eggs in your decorations as well as wildflowers and living plants.
Your menu should include foods using eggs in their preparation; you may also provide a selection of leafy green veggies, dairy foods, sunflower seeds, sprouts, cheeses, and ham for your guests. Eoster is the goddess most associated with the Vernal Equinox. She is reputed to be fond of sweets, so chocolate desserts would be appropriate.
The egg is an important image associated with the Vernal Equinox. Mother Earth’s evidence of her renewal and rebirth after the long dark days of Winter comes in the form of fresh green leaves, softer breezes, sunnier skies, and warmer temperatures; the egg can also be a symbol of renewed life with the shell representing Earth, the membrane representing Air, the yolk representing Fire, the white representing
Water. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are the four elements required to create all things, indicating that the egg can represent all and everything.
Balancing a raw egg on its larger end is an activity frequently associated with equinoxes.
Balancing a raw egg on its larger end is an activity frequently associated with equinoxes. It is not mandatory to do this at midnight; you may invite your guests to try it with you during your celebration. All of you may share an egg, too, passing it from one guest to the next until all have had a chance to attempt the balancing.
As your fingers manipulate the egg, seeking to find the point at which the egg, on a flat surface, will stand on its own without your support, let your meditative self find the point within yourself that stands alone, centered and calm, amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. This focal point of inner stillness is where each of us goes when we meditate: motionless yet energized, aware yet not showing awareness, passive yet in action.
Technology intrudes into our lives almost without our awareness of it: we spend countless minutes sending and reading texts, e-mail, and instant messages; we say we are saving time, yet we also say we have less and less “free time.” As you continue to find ways to bring a better balance into your life, experiment with distancing yourself from technology a bit each day.
Turn the computer off when you are finished with the day’s business; read a printed book, not something downloaded on a Kindle; spend some time outside contemplating a flower. As you make the time to cultivate a moment of inner stillness, relish your growing awareness of the resultant inner energizing. It will help you to continue the balancing begun with an egg on the Vernal Equinox.
Kate Braun will be participating in a Spirit Fair in Oklahoma City, March 29-30The following weekend, April 5 & 6, she will participate in a Spiritual Life Productions Metaphysical Fair in Austin. Find more information on the Out and About with Kate page of her website.