The Equinox Offers Balance Worldwide

Celebrate spring’s harmony and new beginnings

| February/March 2002

  • Photography by Anybody Goes

Many dichotomies exist in the natural world: night and day, winter and summer, life and death. But the earth, very naturally, achieves balance—even if it’s only for a day. Every spring and every autumn, the days and the nights are equal in length all over the world. Winter meets summer. Light meets dark. We call this time the equinox, which comes from the Latin prefix equi-, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night.”

All around the world, the vernal, or spring, equinox has been celebrated as the time of new life. Traditional symbols include eggs (fresh beginnings) and rabbits (fertility). Sound familiar? This equinox is a time for planting seeds, for starting projects, for stepping into a new life.

Celebration considerations 

Planning your own equinox celebration can be extremely rewarding. Inviting others to share in your celebration of balance and beginning can make it even more satisfying. And when it comes to celebrating, it’s hard to go wrong. Here are a few things to consider.

Location. Is it warm enough to be outdoors? If so, is there a private place outside where you will feel comfortable holding a celebration? If it’s inside, what can you do to bring the natural world into your space? Do you want to create some kind of centerpiece?

Meaning. What does springtime symbolize to you? What kinds of new beginnings are approaching in your life?

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