Rituals and Horoscopes for the Vernal Equinox
We celebrate the Vernal Equinox on the same day astrologer’s celebrate the first day of Aries season...and we don’t believe that’s a coincidence! In short, both are about celebrating a fresh beginning. Vernal literally means fresh or new...just like the spring, and just like Aries!
The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card comes to mind this time of year, because it’s really about a turning of the wheel. It doesn’t promise anything good or bad, it just assures change is afoot. And of course, at least in the U.S., this week marked one year (!!!) of COVID lockdowns, and life as we know it shifting, never to be the same again.
Just like last year, and just like every other Vernal Equinox, we’re transitioning from a deep and mysterious watery realm into dry, surface level heat. Beware of mirages, but be brave in spite of them! This is a time for beginnings and charging (or should we say, springing) forth into the unknown.
Clearly, we love a good ritual around here! And especially at the two equinoxes each year, we find them to be really supportive in our spiritual practice. With that said, rituals of any kind are an extremely personal process. While we have products in the shop that we hope you’ll love, our favorite aspects of any ritual are the unique, individual touches.
To begin, the Vernal Equinox is about BEGINNINGS, so we can think about the root chakra. What tangible items in your life serve to ground you? Maybe there’s a crystal you keep close when things are feeling intense, or perhaps there’s a favorite book on your shelf that reflects your human experience. It could even be a photograph of a time you were shining really bright.
Whatever it is, try to find a personal item that can act as a sort of totem to honor this energy of initiation, bravery, physicality, and ultimately, unapologetic self-expression.
From there, the world is your oyster! We love the idea of honoring Mother Nature by incorporating fresh flowers, herbs, or even dirt into your ritual! The Sacred Circle is a popular shape for ritual work, because it’s both protective and powerful (just like Aries energy) so maybe you encircle your personal item with whatever natural element makes the most sense for you!
As a final step in the process, lean into the energy of FIRE as that’s what the Vernal Equinox and Aries season are all about. Fire cleanses and purifies. It burns away what is no longer needed while supporting and keeping fresh life warm.
In summary, here’s a beautiful ritual suggestion for this time of year:
Once you’ve compiled all these items, placing them together in an area of your home that you find sacred is how to really turn it into a ritual. Call it an altar, or not! You can call it whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be anything more or less than an intentional, physical representation of energy you’d like to honor and manifest at this time.
It's very Aries Season to not have time to mess with gathering all the individual pieces and just get a pre-made kit! We're so excited to be offering them now in the shop.
As always with our horoscopes, we recommend reading for your Rising/Ascendant sign, as it will be the most specific. If you don’t know your Rising/Ascendant, book a reading with a reputable astrologer and/or just read for your Sun sign. :-)
✧ Aries: This is YOUR SEASON! No pressure...but you’re sort of leading the charge now. Can you handle it? Of course you can! No one takes control and makes things happen like an Aries. Your greatest quest now, is to unapologetically do you. In a world full of “imposter syndrome”, how do you stay true to yourself?
✧ Taurus: While many around you are BURSTING forth onto the scene, you have a lot of action happening in your inner world now. It’s time to focus on what you deeply understand to be your personal path. Pay extra special attention to your dreams the next several weeks. What’s going on in your subconscious that is trying to deliver a message to your waking mind?
✧ Gemini: You often let yourself get lost in all the little details, Gemini, but not right now! You’re looking at the big picture, and ready to expand your social circles and communities at large. If you have any grand plans you’ve been daydreaming about...now is the time to share them with your people. What’s the best way to communicate your latest vision to the masses?
✧ Cancer: Many assume that Cancer is timid and shy, but then see the true FIRE they have out in the world...and Aries season is no exception. Especially in your public roles now, you’re ready to take a leadership position and get something going. You might be tender hearted, but you’re ALSO a fierce leader. How are you working your way to the top of your career ladder this Spring?
✧ Leo: It’s HOT out for Leos now, but when isn’t it?! You operate from a heated setting no matter what, but in the Spring, you’re supercharged! There’s just something about things blooming that makes you ready for a fresh perspective, too. The world is definitely your oyster at this time! Where are you wanting to travel for your next adventure?
✧ Virgo: Can you say...SEXY TIME? Aries season illuminates your 8th house of sex, death, and rebirth. This is no lighthearted season for you, dear Virgo! You’re ready to take control in your intimate life, and also make sure your taxes get done on time. You know fresh things are simply dying to be born, so how can you prepare to confront necessary endings to clear your path?
✧ Libra: This is an interesting time for you. We’re now navigating the exact opposite of your personal energy. For the next month, your seventh house of partnerships is super charged. It’s likely you’ll meet someone new and intriguing. As the flowers bloom...it looks like new love could also be on the horizon for you! How can you INITIATE within your partnerships?
✧ Scorpio: While your default setting is very intense, but often also withholding, you don’t sidestep ANY confrontations in your working world. As the flowers bloom around us, you’re ready for new ways of doing things 9-5. How can you embrace new systems, while also incorporating them into your established routines?
✧ Sagittarius: The Spring is really the time for all three fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) to burn their brightest. And for you specifically, in a creative light! Aries season highlights your 5th house of passion. If you have kids, you’ll be especially affectionate and childlike with them now. If not...you might start considering the idea! Whatever your relationship to kids is or isn’t, how will you inject a healthy dose of PLAY into your Spring routine?
✧ Capricorn: You’re someone that prides themself on being on top of your shit, pretty much at all times! You’re great at being a leader and especially planning for the future. But Aries energy wants you to INITIATE and start something new, specifically related to your private life. While work might feel like the place you’re most comfortable being a boss...how can you bring that same energy to the home front this Spring?
✧ Aquarius: You pride yourself on being a bit removed from the herd, but during Aries season, you just can’t get enough of all your friends! With more and more people getting the COVID vaccine everyday, you’re super excited to be around all your people again. What are you learning now about the groups you’re part of, and what new communities are intriguing to you post quarantine?
✧ Pisces: Sweet Pisces, you’re ready to take control of your finances now. While you come across as a little distracted at times, when it comes to your values and how they’re reflected in the world, you mean BUSINESS. This season is about working hard to ground your special affinities into the real world. Anything you want can be yours. What physical things are you currently trying to manifest?