• Yolanda McAdam

Spring Equinox 2020

The equinox - a time of balance when the days and nights are of equal length - will occur tomorrow 19 March, 2020 and it’s a special one.

For a brief moment, the Earth’s axis will be oriented perpendicular to the Sun’s rays, marking the instant where we transition from one season to the next (spring in the northern hemisphere, autumn in the southern hemisphere). This marks the first year since 1896 where the equinox occurs on the 19th instead of the 20th or 21st of March.

Ostara or the Spring Equinox is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring. We took the name “Easter” from her. Legend has it that one day Eostre found a bird, wounded on the ground. To save its life she transformed it into a hare, but the transformation was not a complete one, and the hare retained the ability to lay eggs. The hare is a symbol of the Goddess and the egg a symbol of fertility and new life.

The Spring Equinox heralds the start of the astrological New Year. Unlike 1 January, it’s cosmically ordained and not a man-made construct. It’s the only new year celebration I personally take seriously.

Considering what’s going on, you may be reading this and thinking “the last thing I feel like doing is celebrating” but p