8 Simple Spring Equinox Rituals

March 20, 2023

Whether you realize it or not, you have likely been participating in Spring Equinox rituals for years!

Perhaps you have called it spring fever as you get excited by the lengthening of days, the buds on the trees, and the flowers starting to bloom. After a long winter cooped up in your home, you start to feel re-energized. Suddenly, you find yourself cleaning your home, purging things you no longer need, and to making plans for the summer ahead. You may not be conscious of this patterned behavior year over year. But if you slow down, you start to see that these rituals mirror what is happening in nature.

Imagine for a moment: A seed buried deep in the dark soil, left behind by a beautiful sunflower the summer before. That seed has been hibernating for months as winter took hold with shorter days and colder temperatures. As spring approaches and the soil begins to warm up, that little seed begins to awaken. An energy surges through telling it this is the start of a new beginning. It is time for the seed to sprout up to meet the sun and to send roots down for nutrients. That tiny seed births a new beginning for the sunflower.

We do this every single year. After a long winter of rest and reflection, we dream up our own new beginnings for the year ahead. Perhaps we want to travel, start a new self-care routine, or start a new project. Then come spring, the seeds of our dreams start to germinate. This is the rebirth stage of the life-death-rebirth cycle – this is a potent and transformational time.

What is Spring Equinox?

An equinox signifies when the sun is positioned above the equator, which results in an equal length of day and night. We experience two equinoxes per year – at the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn. Depending on where we are in the world, we experience this exact moment at different times. In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox typically falls on March 20th or 21st.

Cultures worldwide and throughout history have honored and celebrated spring equinox by many names. In Iran, they celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz with rituals including spring cleaning, buying spring flowers, and gathering with friends and family. In Japan, Shunbun no Hi is a national holiday that originally included a ritual of celebrating loved ones’ graves to clear the site and leave offerings. Today, some folks still honor this tradition, in addition to marking a time of renewal by cleaning their homes or launching a life change.  

Ostara

In modern paganism, Ostara is the celebration of the return of spring. The word Ostara is derived from the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre. There are varying origination stories of this goddess, but she is commonly associated with flowers, rabbits, eggs and fertility – symbols we typically associate with spring. In modern paganism, Ostara marks the time in between Imbolc and Bealtaine – a time of balance between light and dark. This is a time to celebrate renewal and rebirth. 

While Ostara inspires renewed energy, I do encourage you to slow down to celebrate. If you bring intention to that energy, you can manifest some pretty amazing things for this year ahead. 

Choose one or more of these spring equinox rituals to celebrate this time of year:

1. Plant seeds and flowers for your garden 

Late winter/early spring is a busy time for gardeners who start their seeds indoors. Seed sowing is an intentional activity that connects you to the lifecycle of your plant – whether vegetable, herb or flower.  Choose a plant that brings you joy and plant the seed along with your intentions for the year ahead. Watching that plant grow will give you inspiration as you embark on your new beginning.

If you don’t want to start from seed, you can visit your local nursery or plant shop and find a plant that speaks to you!  Maybe you want to start a windowsill herb garden, or you want to add a new indoor plant to your collection.  Bring that plant into your home and set the same intentions as you re-pot and water it.

2. Meditate

Whether inside or outside, take some time out to meditate. One of my favorite ways to meditate is with guided visualizations. I highly recommend this beautiful Seed Meditation by Jeffery Crespo perfectly encapsulates the energy of spring equinox.

3. Naturally dye eggs

This is an incredibly fun activity that you can do with friends, family and kids.  Working with natural dyes does take some prep work, but I promise you it is worth it. These gorgeous colors from nature cannot be replicated by any store-bought kit.

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4. Sit outside and engage with the space with all of your senses 

  • See – Take in the visual changes of the season. Notice how the sun moves throughout the day. Notice the flower bulbs or cherry blossom trees that are starting to bloom.
  • Hear – Are there any changes in what you are hearing outside? This time of year, I usually start to notice even more birds chattering as they return from their migration. Or the sound of rain, which will last through spring.
  • Smell – There is always a special smell to each season. Here in Seattle, I can smell the rich damp soil, mixed with a little bit of salt in the air. I also can smell some of my favorite early blooming shrubs – winter daphne and sarcococca.    
  • Touch – There are many ways to engage with touch – the feel of your hands in the soil or your feet in the grass. The touch of trees and plants (so long as they are safe to touch).  
  • Taste – Lots of edible plants are flourishing in early spring – chickweed, purple dead nettle, stinging nettles, dandelion greens, edible flowers such as pansies or violas. The taste of spring is everywhere, if you know how to find it!
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5. Make a spring inspired meal

Make something delicious out of your foraged food or locally sourced in-season produce. Soups, pesto and flower cookies are some of my favorite things to make in the springtime. You can find my stinging nettle pesto recipe here.

6. Journal 

Take some time to reflect on what this spring equinox means to you. What attitudes, beliefs, perspectives or behaviors can you let go of that no longer serve you? What seeds of intention do you want to take root this spring? What can you do to nurture those seedlings to grow to their fullest potential?

7. Open your windows and burn sage

In colder climates, we have had our windows shut and heated air circulating for months. Open the windows for fresh air and introduce a flow that reinvigorates your space.  If you have sage, burn it to clear out the old stagnant energy and call in the new energy to support your new beginning.  

8. Declutter or organize 

Now is a great time to organize and purge.  Over time, we accumulate things that no longer serve a purpose in our life.  It is important to let go of those things – especially if it can serve a purpose in someone else’s life.  Gather what you no longer need and offer it to your community through Buy Nothing, neighborhood groups and local community charities.

As you consider your spring equinox rituals this year, keep in mind they don’t have to take long. Simply taking a moment in your day, bringing intention to your breath, and recognizing the shift in season is enough! The more we can observe the natural world around us, the more we feel connected. And the strength of that connection can help ground us as we go through our own natural flows in life. 

I wish you a Happy Spring Equinox!   

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