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Vernal (Spring) Equinox

March 4, 2010

(ver = spring; equinox =equal night)

Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator on March 20, 2010, this will give us about 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

The vernal Equinox is celebrated as a time of growth and renewal.

In ancient times, Europeans celebrated the coming of the Goddess of Spring- Ostera also known as Eostre.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox and it is thought that Easter gets its name from Eostre, she had an enchanted rabbit that could lay eggs.

Vernal Equinox Traditions:

Pagan tradition may include a green cloth, candle, soil, seed, flowers, paper and a pen on the altar. There’s a dance around an imaginary circle clock-wise. Each participant records desires on paper,  then the paper is burned. The ashes are then mixed with the soil.

Persians have a dinner made up of seven foods, beginning with the letter ‘S.’ Table decorations include a mirror, a bowl of water with one freshly-picked green leaf and a centerpiece of candles.

Eggs are often colored and covered with symbols that represent wisdom, strength, and fertility.

On the Vernal Equinox, it’s said that it is possible to balance a raw egg on its side.

Children’s Ostara Chant

Welcome, welcome, warm fresh earth!
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring is the season we love the best!
Celebrate the green of the earth with me –
Happy Ostara, and blessed be!

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Spring Equinox Festival at the Labyrinth, PSU-Berks

March 4, 2010

Who: The Vernal Equinox celebration is open to everyone

What: The Vernal Equinox is an important day in Yoga.  It’s the first day of Spring and a day in perfect balance.

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: Penn State Berks Campus at the Labyrinth;   Tulpehocken Road & Broadcasting Road

Cost: Free

1:30 PM Program Portion (at the Labyrinth)

2:15 – 3:00 PM Yoga class/Demonstration (Janssen Center)

3:00 – 4:00 PM Exeter Concert Band Performs

Ongoing venders and a Drum Circle

The Labyrinth is a spiritual tool. A labyrinth is symbolic of the journey to the center of yourself.  The Labyrinth is a meditation tool that can be walked. The labyrinth path has three stages – the inward journey, the centre and the outward journey. The theme of the inward journey is letting go of things that hinder our wholeness. The centre of the Labyrinth is a place of meditation and peace. The outward journey represents relationships – with others, the planet, the universe and us.

Equinox translated literally, means “equal night.” Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.  People have been marking and celebrating the Vernal (Spring) Equinox for thousands of years. The vernal equinox is celebrated as a time of renewal and growth. Some popular features of this tradition include a green cloth, candle, soil, seed, flowers, paper and a pen. A dance is performed in a clock-wise circle. Desires are written on the paper, and then burned.  The paper ashes are then mixed with the soil.

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