I don't know about you, but I have been looking forward to SPRING! I've got the winter blues for real, and in West Virginia, the cold is so strong that it seeps into your bones and gets stuck there. I've been so desperate for sun and warmth that I've taken to writing by an open window on sunny days, because even though its 40 degrees outside, I can at least feel like it's summer!
But before we get to summer, we've got to hit Spring!
Other than the waves of pollen that mess up my sinuses, Spring is my favorite season. I love to feel the weather change and the air turn warmer. Spring rains are my favorite things to watch for hours on end. And planting seeds and tending to my garden is my favorite thing to do outside of writing. In fact, I've already started a few seeds for this year's garden, and I'm already nurturing a few sprouts!
Spring is amazing.
And Spring officially starts on March 21st, the Spring Equinox.
The Spring Equinox means a lot to many people all around the world. Humanity has always watched the sky for signs, and watching the sun rise into the sky with the warming of the earth always heralded good news. The spring equinox not only signified that warmer weather was coming, but that crops would start growing and the world would bloom. Food was coming in all shapes and forms, and it was a wonderful reason to celebrate!
For those who are interested in the wild world of witchy goodness, you'll be happy to know that March 21st is not only the beginning of spring, but it's the start of everything! The holiday, also known as Eostara, or Ostara, is celebrated as a sun holiday! On Ostara, the day and night are the same, but after, the daytime lasts longer than nighttime. It's a time for celebrating new life, and many Ostara decorations will have eggs, which symobolized new life. Sound familiar?
I like to spent my Spring Equinox outdoors if possible, even if the weather is colder than I would like. I usually take this time to plant seeds, like wildflower mixes. If I can't be outside, I like to visit local greenhouses and garden centers, admiring the new plants and planning my garden for the year to come. Me and my husband also like to buy up a new plant or two, just for the fun of it!
We also tend to burn a lot of candles around the spring equinox. We burn lots of yellow, pink, and green candles, and we use a lot of bright floral scents in our home. I have friends who will "seed bomb" the places around us by scattering wildflower seeds in open areas, hoping that they will sprout and grown and beautify our world. My own dad will take this time to tend to his garden, turning the soil, adding fresh soil from his compost pile, and preparing everything for his yearly vegetables.
I hope that the spring equinox brings about wonderful changes and new growth for you in your life!
If you like this series, I am going to be writing about the holidays of the wheel of the year for the next bit! 8 holidays stretched out over the year, all with significant meanings to those who practice real witchcraft in their everyday lives. I may write about wild and crazy magic and love, but I also have a deep respect for the ways of old. And it's so fun and rewarding to write about the wheel of the year!
Until Beltane, friends!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!