The Spring Equinox occurs on March 20 or 21 each years as the sun enters Aries. The energies are very power at this time. You might want to meditate, ask for guidance in dream time before going to sleep, or visit a place with powerful energies that match your grid matrix for healing and balance. People have marked the spring or vernal equinox for thousands of years. There are no shortage of rituals, celebrations and traditions, personal and universal, surrounding the coming of spring, especially at power grid points and sacred sites around the planet.

Changes and Challenges in Spring

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, a time of transition when the soul lets go of the old and plants symbolic new seeds, each year with increasing determination and renewed understanding of manifestation and changing reality. The soul awakens from the sleepy (depression) of winter and seeks nourishment on many levels. The warmth of the sun (god) awakens something within us, a new quest generally begins, as if by synchronicity. More hours of daylight propel most souls to move forward, to make needed changes. It is almost an internal drive. It's all about finding a way to exist in our reality while facing changing dynamics as another chapter begins.

The onset of Taurus links with the Call of The Wild Syndrome as souls seek freedom from relationships, jobs, responsibility, anything that makes them feel confined. The more dysfunctional the soul, the stronger the need to be free. Functional souls adapt, but those with issues and emotional problems often seek escapism and drop out.

Dysfunctional relationships will end while others begin. Some will last, but most will not. Souls forever seek a connection with someone who is there for them to share their journey. And the relationship bandwagon will March on ...

Allergies: As trees and flowers bloom again they bring with them new and old pollutants and allergies that make us uncomfortable.

Vacations and holidays will create dramas and fun in the duality of experience.

Many weary souls will cross-over after a long battle with illness, emotional or physical.

With death comes birth. Hormones surge in the spring, conception and pregnancy often occurring at this time.

Celebrations and Rituals

In Iran they celebrate

Nowruz the Persian New Year

Various ancient civilizations (Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Babylonia, Elam) circa 3000 to 2000 BCE celebrated new years at the time of the spring equinox. "No Ruz," the new day or New Year has been celebrated in the area of modern-day Iran since the Achaemenian (Hakhamaneshi) period over 2500 years ago. It survived because of Zoroastrianism which was the religion of Ancient Persia before the advent of Islam 1400 years ago. Many religious historians trace the Judeo-Christian concepts of Hell, Heaven, Resurrection, the arrival of the Messiah, and the last judgment to Zoroastrianism.

In Judaism Passover comes around the time of the Spring Equinox. It was a spring fertility festival-the unleavened bread coming from the agricultural past of the people and the paschal lamb from its more distant pastoral years."

Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it pointed directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox in their timeline. Some view this transition as a victory of a god of light (or life, rebirth, resurrection) over the powers of darkness (death).

In China they celebrate Chunfen. The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms - Chunfen is the 4th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 0° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 15°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 0° . In the Gregorian calendar, it generally begins between March 20th - April 4th.

In Central America the Ancient Maya Caracol Tower and Temples of the Sun and Moon also have alignments that coincide with the sun's position on the Vernal Equinox. As the sun sets on the day of the equinox on the great ceremonial pyramid, El Castillo, Mexico, its western face is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid's northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent. This has been called "The Return of the Sun Serpent" since ancient times.

Many megalithic structures across the planet, some famous like Stonehenge, mark the position of the rising sun on the Vernal Equinox and still serve as a place of ceremonial rituals each year. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox in Christianity.