Vernal Equinox (cont)
There is some interesting lore about eggs you might like to
explore around the Vernal Equinox.. For example, bury an
egg at the entrance to your property to ensure all visitors are fertile
of mind, and full of well wishes. Or try blowing an egg,
painting it with the colours of the season, threading it carefully onto
green cotton or silk, and hanging it somewhere in your house to ensure
continuous rebirth right the way through to next Vernal.
is around now that my herbs, planted at Lights, are getting strong
enough to be potted on, and for me to begin the hardening off
process. I usually do all this just before the
Vernal. Of course, I have to keep an eye on the weather – but
that is all part of the fun, and the glory that is the Vernal Equinox.
ceremony itself sports a vernal green altar, almost covered with
daffodils and narcissi. Especially featured are the blossoms of the
hawthorn, ornamental, cherry or apple. Under normal
circumstances, we call upon Hat-Hor, archetypal Mother Goddess (though
I have to say she has some interesting and more dark sides to her
remarkable personality). Everything here is about the
re-awakening of the land, the surging and undeniable power of the
Spring and its call to Nature to do her best. It is usually
a joyous and fulfilling working, redolent with vibrant energy,
positively vibrating with power.
We like to eat very fresh young
vegetables and leaves afterward so salads are important. This is
often a vegetarian feast – but not always. It depends whether
local new season lamb is available – this is rare, but when Spring has
visited very early it happens at times. Oh – and we make a point
of having Hot Cross Buns, mostly because they are delicious toasted and
dripping with butter…but also because that cross is equal-armed – the
symbol of the Solstices, crossed by the Equinoxes, or of course,
the Elements. [More...]
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