Easter and the Spring / Autumn Equinox

Easter and the Spring / Autumn Equinox

Jo Nuske posted 02 Apr 2010


The original time of Easter :

The Christian celebration of Death and Rebirth was linked to the Pagan acknowledgment of the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.  When the Christians integrated their religion into the lives of the common people they were clever. By utilising the existing times of seasonal ritual, they effectively replaced the old traditions, creating a need to choose. Thus Easter, or the death and resurrection of Christ was celebrated at the Northern Spring Equinox in March. The Spring ( Vernal)  Equinox represents the death of winter or the time of hibernation of the plants and animal of the earth and the spring re-birth of new seeds, baby animals and the arrival of the sun. Both Spring and Autumn are marked by the equalization of day and night : there is the same duration of daylight as night.

March_Equinox In the early days of the Christian church, Easter was celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the first astronomical full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox. From 326 A.D. to 1582 A.D. Easter Sunday date was based on the Julian calendar in use at that time.   It became defined as the Sunday following the Paschal (Jewish Passover) Full Moon date for the year. The Julian calendar was replaced by the Gregorian calendar in October 1582 to re-align March 20 (and therefore Easter) with the seasons.


The official time for the 2010 Equinox was 21 March.  If you are interested in calculating future Easter dates go to :http://www.assa.org.au/edm.htmlMethod

Why Rabbits at Easter?Easter_rabbit

The hare was was associated with the Pagan celebration of the goddess Eostre or Ostara from whom the word Easter is derived. Eostre was associated with fertility, so was connected to both hares and eggs as symbols.

 

Practical death and re-birth Rituals.

The traditional Spring Cleaning of our houses and life is about throwing out those things we no longer need to make way  for the new. This tradition also had something to do with the birth of the new sunshine that made visible the accumulated dirt and mustiness that winter brings!  Wherever we are in the world this is a great practice during the Easter break! However for those of us in the Southern hemisphere , Autumn heralds the time of death : the hibernation of winter.  So what can we do to acknowledge this period when we seem to be out of rhythm to the traditions?

 

Autumn Equinox Rituals : A time for Thanks

The Equinoxes can be a time of psychic stress, when the veils between life and death, the seen and unseen are at their thinnest. Use this to our advantage through quiet and meditation to tune into ourselves and our destiny. Create the foods that represent the harvest of the earth : traditionally the bread and seed families : or the fruits that have been geographically ( what is grown in your area) produced during the summer months.

Celebration Set up your alter with the colours of Autumn : reds, yellows and orange.  Candles, breads and fruits to acknowledge that the earth has provided for us.  As a time of reflection and acknowledgement of past efforts it is a time for thanks and planning for the next season to come.  In this, we place the seeds that we will plant in the next season.  3 seeds kept aside for the ritual.  A glass of wine or mead.

The Ritual

Create your sacred circle with sage smudge stick, Clockwise saying : " As within, So Without, As above, So below, this circle is blessed and protected by ........."Your chosen goddess or simply Mother Earth.

 

"Mother Earth I thank you for the gifts of nurturing and nourishment you have provided as I embrace the coming time of rest and reflection. Teach me in my times of quiet to understand myself and my destiny and renew my body during this time of rest that my body be strong to yet again serve you, my people and my self when the earth embraces the promise of spring.  I offer the sacred 3 seeds from our harvest to the Goddess that watches over me and ask that you bless these seeds saved to be fruitful for our next season.  I drink this chalice of wine ( mead etc) in honour of your support and love and through this drink carry the power of you within me.  Blessed be, blessed be, Blessed be.  So Mote it Be.

 

Take the time to meditate : asking the Goddess to cleanse away the unwanted things in your life in preparation:  that your life becomes the fertile ground of new ideas and inspiration.  Remember : the veils are thin.  There is no better time to "see."

About the author

Jo Nuske
Serene Spirit since Mar, 2016


The spiritual awareness “industry” has boomed since we first launched this website in 2009. My personal journey of learning began 52 years ago when psychic awareness was considered a mental disease. I love the acceptance that now embraces the worl...


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