The Spring Equinox and the celebration of Ostara happen when the sun enters 0 degrees in the sign of Aries. It is the Astrological New Year and the beginning of a new cycle, and it happens this year the 20th of March. It is believed that this has been celebrated since the “beginning of time” as many of the pyramids and sacred mounds around the world are built according to the rising and setting of the sun at the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes. Examples include Alestenar in the south of Sweden, Newgrange in Ireland, Stonehenge in England and Chichen Itza in Mexico.
When I celebrate Midwinter, Yule, and the darkest day of the year here in Sweden, my friends in Australia celebrate Midsummer, Litha, and the brightest day of the year and vice versa because we live on opposite sides of the globe. But, at the Equinoxes we share the same shift between light and dark when day and night are equally long. When you think about it it’s a really powerful and cool thing that unites us and our connection to nature, no matter were we live in the world.
Spring Equinox and Full moon at the same time
A very special thing is that this year we will have a full moon the same time as the Spring Equinox. That makes this event extra strong. The Sun is 0 degrees in Aries so the full Moon will be in 0 degrees in Libra. Sometimes it is confusing for people keeping track of what full moon it is, so here is something that might help you.
How to figure out in what sign the full moon is in
For a full moon to happen the whole moon disc has to be lit up by the sun and this only happens when the sun is opposite to the moon. There are 12 signs of the Zodiac. The full moon is always in the opposite sign (6 signs away) of where the sun is. For example: If people born in Leo are having their birthdays and it’s a full moon, the full moon will be in Aquarius and so on.
Sun in… Full moon in…
1. Aries – 7. Libra
2. Taurus – 8. Scorpio
3. Gemini – 9. Sagittarius
4. Cancer – 10. Capricorn
5. Leo – 11. Aquarius
6. Virgo – 12. Pisces
7. Libra – 1. Aries
8. Scorpio – 2. Taurus
9. Sagittarius – 3. Gemini
10. Capricorn – 4. Cancer
11. Aquarius – 5. Leo
12. Pisces – 6. Virgo
Hecate Dancing at the Spring Equinox
Hecate is a Greek goddess. In ancient times she was associated with things like crossroads, magick, healing, transformation, witchcraft, herbalism, poisonous plants, and necromancy to name a few. She still is. As a matter of fact, she is very much alive today and is probably one of the goddesses that is gaining more and more popularity every year.
The Asteroid Hecate is very interesting. She is often very strong in the charts of people with a healing profession: Midwifes, doctors, and all kinds of therapists. With her connection to herbs she is also strong in the charts of herbalists, chefs, bakers and, of course, Witches! The asteroid of Hecate has a lot of light to her, even if that is not what she is most associated to.
Hecate is right now at 25 degrees in Virgo. And there she is having a good time, stirring and brewing up medicine and lovely food in her shining cauldron. A good thing to ask, is what are you brewing in your life?
Now at the Spring Equinox the asteroid Hecate is in a grand trine with Mars (power, energy, potency) in Taurus and the South node and Pluto (death, transformation) in the sign of Capricorn. Together they create a powerful grand trine in the earth signs. Like a dancing celebration on the fields of spring between light and dark, winter and spring, the upper and the lower worlds.
This is a great opportunity if you are interested in getting deep into the original part of things. Perhaps looking for original knowledge, an original ceremony, original treatment or an original recipe?
You can also tune in to this wonderful earth dance and direct the energy towards what you want to manifest in your life for the next 6 months until the fall Equinox.
Magical Spring Punch
If you are going to dance in the fields of spring with Hecate and your other friends, you´ll probably need something special to drink. This is a lovely non-alcoholic punch. Hold your intention as you add all the ingredients in the punch. If you like, you can add your favourite flower essence
Don’t forget to give it a magickal swish stirring clockwise and knock on the bowl 3 times in the end with your spoon, activating your brew and sealing the magick.
Take 1/3 orange juice. This is for the returning of Spring, the sun, joy and happiness.
Take 1/3 peach juice. This is for fertility, sweetness, and romance
Fill up the next 1/3 with sparkling water. This is for the sparkles of life.
Add a bit of San Francisco essence. This is for the red color associated with love, passion, and the life blood connecting us all together.
Finally top with rose petals for Love, mysteries, and Magick and serve over ice.
I wish you a wonderful Spring Equinox and Full Moon, Blessings!
Karin Ugander is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and Psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is a high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program.
You can find Karin Ugander at Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial