What is the 2023 Spring Equinox?

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On March 20th, 2023, the world will celebrate the Spring Equinox! The Spring Equinox marks the first day of spring and the astronomical midpoint between the summer solstice and winter solstice. On this day, the length of day and night are nearly equal – making it a special time to experience and appreciate the beauty of nature and set new goals for the upcoming seasons. After months spent hibernating during winter, many feel that energy starts to balance out as soon as the new season begins. Our internal clocks naturally align better with nature’s pattern of light and dark hours—leading people to increase their activity levels, and their physical well-being; and even emotions may improve too! As we look forward to this checkpoint in the year, let’s look at what this means for you and how to best prepare for it.

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What Is an Equinox?

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the day and night are almost exactly equal in length all over the Earth’s surface. This occurs twice a year, once during late March (Spring Equinox) and once during late September (Autumnal Equinox). This happens when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a “nearly” equal amount of daylight and darkness. The exact date & time of the Spring Equinox in 2023 is Saturday, March 20th at 11:37 am Eastern Time (ET-USA). This intermediate point between winter and summer solstice is celebrated worldwide as one of the year’s four seasonal markers.

History and Traditions of the Spring Equinox

Spring equinox is symbolic of new beginnings! This is a time to celebrate fresh starts, growth, and fertility. Ancient cultures utilized this event as a way to note when it was safe to plant crops or carry out rituals that were closely tied to the Earth’s natural cycles. Today, many still retain similar traditions by planting gardens or setting intentions for a creative project. For thousands of years, people have been celebrating equinoxes as momentous events in their cultures. The Druids held their festival honoring the Goddess Ostara on March 24th, while many pagans celebrate with festivals centered around rebirth and new beginnings. In ancient times, most people were farmers, so partaking in rituals to encourage land fertility and livestock reproduction was common during the equinoxes. People today observe the spring equinox in a variety of ways.

What Worldwide Celebrations Take Place on The Spring Equinox?

Different cultures worldwide often view the changing seasons as a special event worth celebrating. The Spring Equinox, in particular, holds deep significance for many people worldwide. Every country has a unique way of celebrating the coming of Spring. Examples include Nowruz (Persian New Year), Holi (Hindu festival of colors), Hanami (cherry blossom festival in Japan), and Ostara (Germanic holiday). European pagans traditionally celebrate by donating food to those less fortunate. Additionally, many neopagan traditions celebrate this time by engaging in rituals such as drumming, dancing, singing, or simply taking a moment to connect with nature. In recent years people across different cultures have used this time of year to focus more heavily on personal growth such as setting intentions for what they want to see grow in the coming months.

The Spiritual Significance of the Spring Equinox

The Spring equinox has strong spiritual significance in many cultures. Across the world, it is a time of celebrating and preparing for renewal and rebirth. For many people, the Spring equinox marks a moment when they commit to making positive changes and embarking on new journeys. In some beliefs, the first day of spring is also seen as a sign of hope and optimism. It marks the end of the dark, cold, scarcity of winter and makes way for warm light and the endless possibilities of an abundant future. It’s also considered a sacred occasion where one can take part in rituals to honor their connection to nature around them. The Spring equinox has long been seen as a celebration of rebirth and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

How You Can Celebrate the Spring Equinox 2023

Spring Is Here: Embrace It! Take advantage of all these opportunities that spring brings. Make sure you get plenty of sunshine and be prepared to get in touch with Mother Earth. Spending time outdoors and getting your vitamin D strengthens your spirit and enhances your mood. Welcoming spring with outdoor activities is a great way to celebrate this special day each year. Start by heading outside for a picnic lunch made up of your favorite spring fruits, vegetables, freshly squeezed lemonade, or berry-infused teas. Then incorporate some traditional crafts like making flower crowns or egg decorating into your outdoor fun session! Instead of curling up indoors, sit under a tree while you read, meditate, or practice yoga. Gather flowers, beautiful vines, and bird nests and decorate your home with them. Finally, write down new ideas you want to bring to fruition in the coming months. That could be starting healthier habits, beginning creative projects you haven’t got around to yet – anything goes! 

Solar Activity during Spring Equinox

During these days, nature begins to wake up from its winter slumber and prepare for spring. Trees bloom again after months of cold weather, and animals emerge out of hibernation, ready to move about and feast. It’s easy for us to appreciate the change of seasons right before our eyes, but did you know the spring equinox is also a time of heightened energy in the cosmos? From late March through early April, there is an increased number of solar flares on the Sun’s surface. Solar activity is usually highest in the spring because the Earth is closest to the Sun’s equator. Also, new sunspots are formed during that time as solar flares rise and reach maximum intensity. Additionally, during spring equinox hours, more sunrise/sunset colors may be visible due to refraction within our atmosphere. Because of this increased solar activity, many believe this is an ideal time for spiritual work, prayers, rituals, and manifestation practices.

Spring Equinox 2023 Rituals

The Spring Equinox is a powerful time for manifestation. As the season shifts and new growth emerges, this Cosmic energy can be used to help you create your dreams! Here are some powerful manifestation rituals that will support you in making your dreams a reality. These practices are designed to harness the energy of the equinox and use it to manifest your desired outcomes in life. Some common rituals include:

Create an Intention Altar

Creating an intention altar is an effective way to connect with the healing power of the season and tap into the energies of manifestation. Designate a place to put your meaningful objects, such as candles, crystals, cards with affirming words or manifestations written on them, images or statues of gods or goddesses, plants/flowers, etc. Once your altar is set up, take some time to meditate in front of it.

Light Candles & Speak Your Desires Out Loud

Set aside time this equinox season to light candles while speaking out loud about what you want to manifest in your life. Before lighting each candle, dedicate it specifically to one desire or intention on your list. During this exercise, visualize your desires as if they’re already being fulfilled – feeling the joy and contentment from having what you want already manifested in your life.

Do Breathwork & Visualizations

Take time to go outside, preferably by a moving water source, and focus on your desired goals through breathwork and visualization techniques. Combining these practices better deepens the connection between yourself and your desired future outcomes. Visualize as clearly as you can the things you want to see manifest over the coming months. Really sit in the emotion and feeling of what it would be like to already have everything you want.

Start a Garden

A great way to welcome spring is by starting your own garden. Growing plants can be an incredibly meditative hobby, plus you also get to eat homegrown produce! Plant flowers or vegetables depending on what’s available at your local nursery during the equinox season – they’ll need time to adjust before they bloom or bear fruit. If a garden isn’t possible for you then buying houseplants or collecting fallen nature items are wonderful ways to observe springtime outdoors!

Cleanse Your Home

The Spring Equinox marks a new beginning, so why not give your home a fresh start as well? Take this opportunity to deep clean by washing windows, dusting, airing out closets, and sweeping and mopping floors. Open the windows and smudge each room with sage and/or spritz each room with a saltwater mist. This ritual symbolizes ‘cleansing away’ any negative energy so you can begin again with clarity and enthusiasm.


What does the spring equinox symbolize?

The spring equinox symbolizes the start of a new cycle or season and is a time of renewal and rebirth. It also marks an important point in the annual cycle of day length, with equal hours of day and night for most parts of the world.

What rituals are on the spring equinox?

Common rituals on the spring equinox include celebrating the first harvest of the season, honoring ancestor spirits, and observing nature’s transitions from winter to spring. It is also a time for renewal and fresh beginnings, as it marks the balance between day and night.

What religion celebrates the spring equinox?

Everyone can celebrate it as they want! Historically, the holiday has its roots in the ancient Shintoism religion. Wiccans celebrate the spring equinox, along with some other pagan religions and traditions. The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism also celebrates the spring equinox.

How do you manifest on the spring equinox?

To manifest on the spring equinox, one can create a ceremony of gratitude and set intentions, write in a journal, perform an outdoor meditation or ritual, visualize future goals and outcomes, practice self-care activities like yoga and mindful breathing, spend time in nature to reconnect with the seasonal energies, or do spell work that focuses on growth and renewal.

Who is the goddess of the spring equinox?

The goddess of the spring equinox is Ostara or Eostre, a pagan fertility goddess honored at this time of year.

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Welcoming New Beginnings

The Spring Equinox ushers in hope for your new beginnings! By welcoming in a new season with open arms, you can focus on looking forward rather than backward. Think about what changes would bring positive energy into your life – picking up hobbies you used to love or tackling unfinished projects with renewed inspiration. When celebrating the spring equinox, take an opportunity to do something special that honors the season and surrounds yourself with reminders of renewal & growth- no matter how big or small those may be! Celebrate the goals you have already achieved and cultivate new ones. No matter how you decide to celebrate this special event – we wish you all luck and optimism!

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