Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
Working in Harmony With the Sun
Working our magick in harmony with the Wheel of the Year empowers our goals. We can tap into the power that is springing into being at the spring equinox as life is about to begin anew. Nature is emerging from its sleeping state and animals are awakening from hibernation. We move into the active half of the year. The warm days that everybody has been looking forward to have once again returned. Our magick at the Sabbats calls upon the power of the Sun. It is a life-giving force that fuels our dreams and puts everyone in a good mood.
Magickal Areas of Focus
Spring is a time of openings and new beginnings. You can utilize this element of the season to make a fresh start in terms of financial growth. Seek out new opportunities or nurture your plans so they can grow. Work on physically manifesting things. Our plans are no longer just blueprints or ideas we have plotted out in our heads. It is time to get out and pursue things.
Do you have a new business idea or creative project? Do a ritual to bless the work you are doing. You can bring the fresh springtime color green into use for your candles or altar cloth. Paint some green or golden Ostara eggs and adorn them with the Fehu rune or money symbols. Write a wish list and plant it in your garden. Bury some coins or other symbols of wealth in your garden to encourage your own wealth to grow.
Maximize this time of gain. As the sunshine begins to increase allow your prosperity to increase too. The Sun puts everyone in a good mood. Utilize this benign energy to launch a job search. Contacting people on these bright, early days of spring can be a benefit. Make the most of this optimistic and vital time of the year to get out and do your footwork.
Spring is the mating season for many animals. Why not use the amorous energies of the season to bring a little love your way? So many of the symbols of the season revolve around fertility. Spring equinox is the perfect energy to tap into if you want to awaken a little romance in your life.
Paint your Ostara eggs pink or red depending on the kind of relationship you are looking for. Decorate them with hearts or the Gebo rune. The Gebo rune is shaped like an 'X' which denotes both a kiss and a close relationship. Red hues are great if you are looking for a lusty affair while pink will be your color for an affectionate bond.
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Take this time to try getting out and meet new people. Pursue an interest while surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Everybody is friendlier at this time of the year when spring fever is contagious. Put yourself out where you can meet the kind of person you wish to attract or make some new friends.
Just never use witchcraft to encourage a person to do something against their will. They say all is fair in and love and war, but most people don't appreciate being controlled. Love magick doesn't work out well if you take it from that angle. Be sure to keep love as the focus rather than obsessing over someone. Always spend time evaluating whether you are ready for what you are seeking. Sometimes we are socially pressured into relationships or seek them out to fill a void. If you aren't ready for a serious relationship, keep your love magick light and use it to seek out warm friendships.
Spring equinox is a day where dark and light are in balance. Make use of this to integrate a little balance into your life. Spend some time thinking about your personal situation. Are you being kind to yourself or do you put too much pressure on yourself? Are you neglecting your health and diet? Figuring out what areas of your life are out of balance is a good thing to do at spring equinox. We often let our healthy habits slide over the winter months with binge-watching movies and snacking on junk food. The winter starts off with the excess of Yule. Spring equinox is a good time to harness everything in and put balance in your life.
This is a good time to look back at the resolutions you made on New Year's Eve. Spring equinox gives us another opportunity to have a fresh beginning. A simple ritual at this time of the year is to buy two bracelets made out of golden tumbled stones like Tiger's Eye. Create your own incense with some purifying herbs like sage, frankincense, or myrrh. Light a couple of candles. Put a couple of lit self-igniting charcoals in a fireproof container and burn your incense. Recite a spell requesting balance in your life as you pass your bracelets through the smoke. Wear your bracelets as a constant reminder to maintain balance in your life.
Spring cleaning is one way of tapping into the purification elements of the season. Try adding ritual elements to cleanse your home making it ready to welcome in positive new vibes. You could cleanse your home by burning a purifying incense. Frankincense is a good all-purpose incense to use for ritual purification. You can also dig up a besom chant online and do a ritual sweep of your home. Get all that negative energy out.
Purifying your body can also be a good ritual practice. Each year I do a three-day fast before spring equinox. I got this idea from Laurie Cabot's book Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition. What I love about this annual ritual is that it helps me strengthen my willpower and fine-tune my focus. This ritual purifies my system as I step into a whole new year. It also makes for some potent memories of each year. Spring equinox is one of the most magickal Sabbats for me in terms of drastic change. Strengthening my system with a fast helps prepare me for the upcoming challenges. What I consume throughout this is a mixture of carrot, apple, and lemon juice with a sprig of thyme. Don't do a fasting ritual if you are pregnant because fasting can induce labor. I skipped this ritual the year I was pregnant with my daughter, but have done it on every other years with amazing results.
Spring is a time of growth. We can use this fertile energy to launch our potential. This is a season of transformation. Allow yourself to transform into the sort of person you wish to be. What do you wish to grow in your life? What do you have that needs to be nurtured in order to grow into something bigger? Spend some time figuring out what things need to be weeded from your garden so as to not impede your growth. Use seeds and plants in your magick to acquire the sympathetic link with growth. Whisper your intentions to the seeds as you plant them. Use a flowering tree branch or pussy willow as your magick wand.
May Your Spring Equinox Be Joyful!
I hope you have uncovered some interesting ideas to incorporate into your spring equinox ritual. Magick is a creative and transformative tool. These earth-based practices give us a pragmatic spirituality that nurtures the earth and the environment. Please be considerate of the world around you and bring respect for nature to your work. It makes it all the more rewarding!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.