Equinox Blessings! – Paganism, religion, wild hunting, witchcraft

TWH – Early in the weekend we saw the Worm Moon, the March full moon which marks the last full moon of winter. It reached its peak illumination at 3:20 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Spring crocuses – Image credit: S. Bustamonte

The Hindu festival of colours, Holi, started the next morning. Holi marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter and signifies the triumph of good over evil when prince Prahlada was protected by the god Vishnu from being burned in a bonfire because of his faith. The festival takes place the day after the last full moon of the Hindu month of Phalguna. The festival is marked by bonfires and the throwing of brightly colored powders which represent being engulfed by the bonfire and emerging unscathed like the prince.

The sun is rising,
And make heaven happy.
The merry bells are ringing
To welcome spring.
The lark and the thrush,
bush birds,
Sing louder around,
To the joyful sound of bells.
As our sports will be seen
On the resonant green.

The resonant greenWilliam Blake (1789)

Today marks the celebration of the March Equinox and the astronomical start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The actual equinox occurred at 11:33 a.m. EDT on Sunday, March 20 (3:33 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time). The word equinox comes from the Latin word “equinoxmeaning “equality between day and night”.

Spring crocuses – Image credit: S. Bustamonte

The March equinox in the northern hemisphere is called the vernal, a term that also comes from Latin and means “spring”.

When the lilacs last in the gate yard bloomed,
And the great star fell early in the western sky at night,
I cried, and yet I will cry with a spring that always returns.

The spring that always returns, the trinity surely brings me,
Blooming perennial lilac and drooping star in the west,
And I thought of the one I love.

– When the lilacs last in the yard of the Bloom’d doorWalt Whiteman

People in the Northern Hemisphere will look forward to longer days and warmer weather while our friends in Argentina, Australia, South Africa and the Southern Hemisphere slowly turn to shorter days. , cooler temperatures and the joys of autumn.

Many pagans, witches, pagans and polytheists celebrate the spring equinox as Ostara, Alban Eiler, Shubun-sai or simply the arrival of spring. Within their own varied and diverse traditions, they find ways to honor or acknowledge the days of warming and renewed growth, as winter makes its slow start.

Nowruz is the Persian New Year and occurs on the March Equinox. The festival is also honored in the Baha’i faith. . The word Nowruz means “new day”. Other early spring festivals are Higan in Japan, Christian Easter and Purim – last Thursday – and then Passover in the Jewish tradition.

There are many others both secular and religious.

Jasmine flowers in Miami [Photo Credit: S. Ciotti]

The vernal equinox also marks the start of the American pagan festival season. SisterSpirit’s Pagan Faire was yesterday in Portland, Oregon. Paganicon 2022 is happening this weekend in Minneapolis. Their closing ritual is “Now the Green Blade Rises: A Rite of Farewell” led by Steven Posch to honor “The Lady of Spring to ask for her blessing on our return journeys. Gather for the offering at [venue], or join the closing procession as it passes. Bon voyage participants and many blessings to Twin Cities Pagan Pride!

With the primavera
Live the song,
La tristeza sweet
Y el galante amor.

With the primavera
Life unansiedad
From pajaro preso
Que quiere volar.

No hay cetro más noble
Que el de padecer:
Only a king exists:
El muerto is el rey.

With the primaveraJose Marti

However, you celebrate or honor this season, the blessings of the equinox of The Wild Hunt!

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