Right now, we are sitting within the rising energy of the spring or Vernal Equinox. At 03.49am UTC on Friday 20th March the Earth’s central plane (the equator) passes the centre of the sun. At this time the Earth’s axis is not tilted either towards or away from the sun meaning that the length of the day is equal at all points on the Earth’s surface. The days and the nights are also of equal length.
Although the exact point of passing is at 03.49am (UTC) the unique energy of the Equinox time cocoons us for three or four days and happens twice a year in spring and autumn. These Equinoxes partner the summer and winter solstices in being points on the cosmological turning of the wheel.
So there is a very special energy around us for these next few days and I wanted to share with you some of the characteristics of this energy.
The most striking difference when we come into Equinox time is that there is a stillness in the energy of the earth. Like a pause. A time for balance. It hangs in the air and sits on the grass like blanket mist, touching all of the earth and her inhabitants with a gentle invitation to pause, balance and feel the stillness.
We can choose to work with this pause in different ways. Perhaps it inspires us to take a deep breath before re-engaging in the dynamic springing-forward energy of the spring. Perhaps we do more work in our dream times, or find that our mediations have a different quality to them. For many people, sitting in stillness at the Equinox is easier than at other times when there is a more inherent push/pull energy surrounding the earth. This year, this pause offers time for reflection on the huge changes that have come into everyday living in a matter of weeks. In so many ways, the Coronavirus situation is forcing you to be much stiller than usual. Everyone is pausing to witness the big changes that are afoot.
Have you ever stood in the middle of a see-saw (teeter-totter for those of you in North America), standing with one foot on the left branch of the see-saw, and one on the right? Knowing that you hold the power of balance, movement or stillness in your body and your legs. If you intend your weight and energy through the left leg then that side of the see-saw moves toward the ground. If you intend your weight and energy through the right leg then that side of the see-saw moves to the ground. If you centre your weight and your energy then you remain still, in balance. This is the place that we exist within during the three days of Equinox energy. With the current global situation, you can perceive the see-saw/teeter-totter as having one side that represents fear, and one side that represents courage. You are standing in the middle of this see-saw. There will be days and events that invite you to lean more heavily on the fear side. There will be days and events that invite you to lean more heavily on the courage side. And maybe, you can choose times when you stand in the place of stillness, feeling neither fear or courage, but a balance, a peace, a harmony, a joy. This is what I wish for you.
For many cultures this Vernal Equinox heralds the arrival of spring and is celebrated with festivals, especially those involving the symbol of the egg, representing a time of fertility and rebirth. This year, those community festivals are not going to happen. But you can still honour and celebrate this time of rebirth on a personal, and profound level. If you feel inclined to do so then a simple exercise to honour the Vernal Equinox is to give yourself some time in stillness to recognise what you have let go of during the winter months and what you are looking forward to birthing and growing in the spring and the summer.
Depending on your preference you can do this by drawing up a list, painting it in pictures, making a collage, drawing it with a stick in the mud…. choose anything that allows you to access the wisdom of your energetic core so that you can bridge the space between the conscious and the sub-conscious. Being conscious about such letting go and creating, and working with that consciousness within the energy of the Vernal Equinox makes ripples in the web of creation that spread far and wide bringing support for your intentions and dreams, as well as sending ripples of hope, balance and rebirth through all of society.
A beautiful energy medicine technique that can aid this is one that Donna Eden calls Heaven Rushing In. You can do it with me here. This time of Equinox energy is a gift for this special time of year, when what you put out into the universe is received and held in a place of resounding, magnificent stillness.
Blessings of all of your dreams.
With love, Prune