Celebrated for centuries, the spring equinox, or vernal equinox, has historically represented more than just the first day of spring. It goes beyond birds chirping and flowers blooming—but who doesn’t love those two things? For many, it’s a symbol for an awakening, rebirth, fertility, and new beginnings.
Equinox is a Latin word and means, equality of night and day. During the equinox the Sun is directly above the hemisphere, which means that both halves of the Earth are soaking up the Sun's rays equally and the length of day and night are equal. We have two equinoxes a year – one in fall and then one in spring and both days carry an abundance of symbolism and meaning.
The word equinox comes from Latin and means, “equality of night and day.” At this point in time, the Sun is directly above the hemisphere, meaning that both halves of the Earth are receiving the Sun's rays equally, and the length of day and night are pretty much the same. There are two equinoxes each year — one in the spring and one in the fall.
Many different cultures and spiritual practices, including Wiccans, Pagans and even astrologers believe that during this time, there is a very significant relationship between the Earth and the Sun. The ending of winter signifies the return of the Sun bringing light down for longer days. This gives us new crops and resets the balance of fertility on an earthly and spiritual level. For human beings (and of course animals), the season change means emerging from sleep or a cocoon to start a new life.
Some spiritual guides and astrologers also claim that during the spring equinox, the layer between the spiritual and physical world is much more delicate which makes it easier for us to receive messages from the universe and helps us recognize signs that we may not normally pick up on.
It’s also important to see this time as a chance to clean out any lingering, lifeless energy in your spaces, which is why some people feel pulled to clean out their homes, finish or start projects and purge unnecessary items. This is also the perfect season to refresh your style and give yourself a sort of rebirth.
Here are some pieces that we love and will be refreshing our jewelry box with that embody the energy of the spring equinox and help spark the feeling of renewal.
Often depicted as a blossoming mountain, the Andean fertility Goddess (whose name translates to “Mother Earth”) is a benevolent Goddess who nourishes and protects all those who live on earth.
Beloved throughout the land, Brigid was worshiped for a variety of reasons, including as a guardian of domesticated animals and protector of women and children.
Persephone was a venerated Greek dual-deity; in addition to her birthright as the goddess of springtime, Perseophone became the Queen of the Underworld and presided over the dead with intriguing autonomy.
The ultimate icon of devotion, beauty and desire, the rose is entwined throughout human history as an emblem of love in all its varieties. They also bloom at their fullest in the springtime.
The Aries season kicks off the spring equinox this year and we celebrate the start of this powerful season with the first fire sign of the zodiac.
Goddess of love, the moon, and fertility is also known as the Lady Rainbow. She was worshiped by Mayan women, weavers, and textile artists alike, but she also has a destructive side filled with floods and natural disasters. Her totem is the rabbit thanks to their reproductive nature. She was in love with the sun and is essential to any ray-worshiping beach goer.
The Tree of Life represents the synthesis of heaven, earth and water. It symbolizes the feminine principle, the nourishing, sheltering, protecting and supporting aspect of Mother Earth. It is the cosmic axis and is unitary, transcending good and evil, representing both the beginning and end of a cycle.
Huntsman-in-chief to the gods may sound like an odd position for a woman, but not this Goddess. Artemis is known for her love of nature and the hunt, and as the protector of youth.
Ruler of love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions she certainly has an appreciation for the finer things in life.
Pearls are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience and the sea gems are believed to offer protection, as well as attract good luck and wealth.
Align your fourth chakra, the heart chakra, with peridot to attract love. Your heart chakra rules emotional well being and peridot is a stone of strength that balances the head and heart.
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