Spring Equinox

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated the Spring Equinox.

A lot of Celtic practitioners don’t celebrate the equinoxes and solstices as there is no evidence that the Celts celebrated them. I believe that the stone circles and barrows etc of which the sun strikes them at a certain point on equinox or solstice predate the Celts.

I know of no evidence in myth or folklore of celebrating equinoxes or solstices, so I have to conclude that the Celts didn’t celebrate them.

So why do I celebrate them? It’s because I believe they are an intrinsic part of our lives which denote certain points when the balance of the earth swings towards the summer or winter, or is equally balanced.


Spring Equinox

The purpose of this ritual was for fertility and a baby, so before I started I spent five minutes weeding so I would have earth under my fingernails.

I then went into the garden naked and I anointed myself three times with water from the rain butt. I cast the circle as normal, except for the fact that the candles kept going out, so I had to visualise them lit instead.

I had a packet of seeds, some of which I put in my hair (several of them ended up in my post-ritual bath) and cast some to the earth as an offering for a child, while stating my desire.
I then gave thanks for the Spring and wound the ritual down.

I had placed a chocolate nest which I had cooked prior to the ritual as an offering in the circle and was going to leave it there, but I was told to eat it, so I did. Chocolate nests are comprised of cornflakes coated in chocolate with chocolate mini-eggs in the middle.

Writing a Spring Equinox Ritual

As I said in my last post, one of the things I have to do is write my ritual for the Spring Equinox.

The equinoxes and solstices are always difficult to write for as there is nothing in the texts to say that the Irish celebrated these festivals, so I do not have a starting point to write from.
Some Celtic pagans do not celebrate the solstices and equinoxes because there is nothing in the texts, but since various archaeological monuments in Ireland are aligned with equinoxes or solstices I celebrate them.

Spring Equinox

This was one of those rituals that didn’t go to plan. Nothing much went wrong; it’s just that I was listening to my intuition which took me off in a different direction than the one I had planned.
I had planned to celebrate it dressed in a green skirt, green top and wearing nothing else. Then I listened to my intuition which told me that it would be better if I wore nothing to celebrate the wildness of Spring.

So I’m out there in the dark, somehow managing not to step on any slugs (until our local hedgehog was run over s/he would often be in our garden) buck naked and somehow not freezing.

I dyed eggs the weekend before; onion skins for a sunburnt colour, coffee for brown and turmeric for yellow. The dried carrot skins somehow didn’t work, but since colour deepens when the egg dries I’m wondering if it came out a pale colour and I unintentionally re-dyed it when I used turmeric. More experimentation needed, methinks.

I was going to proffer the eggs as prosperity, as I read that this could be done, but I had left them upstairs. So I asked for continued prosperity for us and celebrated that Spring was here – and I’m writing this while snow showers have been coming down!

I really enjoyed this ritual, but wished I’d been able to find something on how the Irish celebrated the Spring Equinox. There are a lot of people who say they didn’t and maybe this is true.

Spring Equinox

It’s been a bit of a strange celebration for me. I was ill over Spring Equinox and had to work as I would get a warning because I’ve had too much sick. So I went to the weeping willow and performed my ritual. It was designed to give us rain, since we live in a drought area in Britain, but unfortunately doesn’t seem to have worked.

This is my New Year and the time I make new goals and look over the old ones. Of the last year, I have completed two out of five of them : the first was to stain all the wood and cut down all the ivy in the garden and the second was to make a new recipe each month.

In addition to this I am managing not to have to throw out vegetables which are going off in the salad drawer. In doing this we’ve been saving money, which is not to be sneezed at in this current financial climate.

The goals for this year are : to make my Ogham divination tools, to go to St. Tiggywinkles (a wildlife sanctuary I wanted to go to last year and failed to do so), design the garden which is like a jungle at the moment, make a garden bench and lastly finish my avatar, which I didn’t do last year.

The one goal I don’t have on my list from last year is to do a spell each month. I would love to do this but I think I didn’t do it last year because the garden took so much time. The garden is going to take a lot of time this year as well because I need to do a lot of research about what I’m going to put into it. I want it to be a cottage garden and be filled with magical plants which are good for wildlife.

I’ve been doing goals for a few years now and have never managed to get more than two or three finished per year. That’s something I need to work on and is why I don’t have the spell goal back this year as I don’t think I’ll be able to do it.

Spring Equinox (I Suck at Blowing Eggs)

The day before the Spring Equinox I belatedly started getting ready for it.  I normally do this so that I have time to spare, but I’d been so busy things had been left for later, so of course it was one of those times when things didn’t go according to plan.

I tried to blow eggs for the third year in a row and still haven’t been able to get it right.  Last year it didn’t work because I didn’t put a bigger hole in one end of the egg than the other.  This year I don’t know what went wrong, but I was rushed and may not have given it my best shot, so I’ll try again next year.  My betrothed tried and got quite a bit out of the egg, but then the shell started cracking so he gave up.

So for the first time in my life I dyed the eggs, which involves boiling them for twenty minutes, so I didn’t have to blow them.  I tried at first with the juice from a jar of picked beetroots.  This didn’t work, so I looked at the instructions at (http://www.dltk-holidays.com/easter/natural.htm) and used turmeric, which the instructions mentioned.  The turmeric dyed the eggs a bright yellow and after that I used onion skins, which dyed one egg orange and the other a shade of red my betrothed calls “sunburnt”.  I suspect that the red egg had more onion skins around it than the orange one.  This was the only craft thing that went right for this ritual.

Then I got out the paints I had bought at my local art shop and tried to paint the eggs, but the paint didn’t work on the eggs.  For my ritual I was going to paint one egg to symbolise the dark days and the second to symbolise the light days, say some words about the dark days ending, then break the dark day’s egg and hold the light day’s egg up to celebrate that the light days are here and the dark days are gone, but I had to do the ritual without the eggs.  In retrospect, I should have painted one piece of paper with dark days symbology and the second with light days symbology and used this, as the ritual felt a bit flat with only words.

I also managed to make chocolate nests.  These are cornflakes covered with melted chocolate with three Cadbury’s mini-eggs in the middle, and even this didn’t go right.  I think it was because I was cooking on gas (the vast majority of my cooking has been done on electricity) and the hob was too big for the pan, so the chocolate didn’t melt gently and started congealing into a lump.  The nests taste okay, they just don’t look very good.

It was a bit of a disaster, but I muddled through and the most important thing is not to leave preparation late, although my new year is March 25th (more on that later) and I haven’t made the ritual up yet…