As winter bids us farewell and the days begin to stretch longer, we approach a significant celestial event—the spring equinox. This moment marks the balance of light and dark, as we transition into a season of renewal and growth. At the coming equinox on March 19th, 2024 everyone worldwide will experience nearly equal amounts of day and night, with the sun rising due east and setting due west. Celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries, the spring equinox, also known as Ostara, is a period of joyous celebration. It signals a powerful time to realign our energies with the rhythms of the Earth and welcome the new beginnings that this season brings. It’s a time to honor the awakening of the earth, the emergence of new life, and the vibrant energy that flows through all living beings

One of the most beautiful aspects of celebrating the spring equinox is the opportunity to engage in rituals that connect us deeply with nature. You might consider creating a spring altar adorned with symbols of renewal such as flowers, seeds, and eggs, reflecting the fertility and abundance of the season. I like to grow wheatgrass in a basket or small pot and force spring blossoms like forsythia or pussy willow. This can serve as a focal point for meditation and reflection, helping you to attune your spirit to the energy of spring. You could also choose to spend time outdoors, soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the awakening earth and warming sunshine. Whether you take a leisurely walk in the park, tend to your garden, or simply sit outside and breathe in the fresh air, connecting with nature can be incredibly grounding and rejuvenating.

Spring is also a season to focus on our own growth and renewal. After a winter of hibernation and inward thought, spring invites us to awaken and push outwards. Engaging in practices such as yoga, meditation, or journaling can help you to reflect on the past season and set intentions for the days to come. Connect with your Holistic Moms Network Chapter to explore new activities or ideas. Consider what new experiences you might try this spring and what has winter has shown it is time to let go of. Diet plays a significant role in holistic living for many of us, and the start of spring offers an opportunity to embrace the seasonal foods that nourish our bodies and spirits. Many early spring greens help us cleanse our bodies and remove the sluggishness of winter. Try seasonal foods appearing in gardens and at markets along with cleansing herbs and teas to support your body’s natural detoxification process. We share a couple ideas below on spring greens you can find in your yard or nearby wild spaces!

The spring equinox is a time of great significance and opportunity to celebrate the beauty and abundance of the natural world. By engaging in rituals that connect us with nature, focusing on inner growth and renewal, and honoring the traditions of our ancestors, we can cultivate a deep sense of connection and harmony with the world around us.