“In ancient times the beginning of the year was reckoned from this moment when the Sun crossed the equator and began rising higher each day in the heavens.”
The Astrologer’s Astronomical Handbook, Jeff Mayo
“As with all other key festivals of the year, there are both Pagan and Christian associations with the Spring Equinox. To Pagans, this is the time of the ancient Saxon goddess, Eostre, who stands for new beginnings and fertility. This is why she is symbolised by eggs (new life) and rabbits/ hares (fertility). Her name is also the root of the term we give to the female hormone oestrogen. By now you may be beginning to see the Christian celebration derived from this festival- Easter. And this is the reason why the ‘Easter Bunny’ brings us coloured eggs (and if you’re lucky chocolate ones) at this time of year. So as nature starts to sprout the seeds that have been gestating in her belly throughout the winter, maybe you can start to think about what you want to ‘sprout’ in your life now and to take action."
Summer St John BBC Website
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