Spring equinox is almost here…Almost. Waiting for the wheel of the year to make that very last turn before a switch of seasons is like anticipating a big holiday for me. Spring feels extra special after these long Northeastern Winters. Nature is coming alive again, the sun is returning to its full glory- I mean, what’s better than that? Here’s how we are getting ready to celebrate Spring equinox in our family.
The older I get the more I love Spring. But in the last few years, I have also been appreciating these last few weeks of winter as well. The light is longer. It smells like Spring (AKA MUD!) and there is, in general, an energy stirring right beneath the surface of, well, everything. But it’s still acceptable to curl up on the couch for a solid Netflix marathon at night and the days are a nice length- they haven’t reached those “omg its’ still light out moments of midSummer that make a Mother the most tired she thought she could be. But it’s not dark at 4:30 either. I consider this to be the day-length happy place.
In these last few Winter weeks I am trying to be disciplined and not change the altar officially to Spring before equinox hits here in a few weeks (we are in the Northern hemisphere, so March 19th this year). Instead of jumping the gun, I have been doing some things to both enjoy these last weeks of Winter and get ready to welcome Spring. Here’s what we are doing to get ready to welcome Spring.
How To Prepare For Spring Equinox
In these last days of Winter, it is tempting to get all up in the activities and be on the go, go, go. Soon Spring and Summer will be here- days will be longer and everything will be buzzing, as will your activity level. Take these last weeks of Winter to stay in reflection mode. Think of where you are with goals. What do you want to get rid of in the last full moon cycle? What do you want to keep or create as a focus for the new moon as Spring arrives? What virtual seeds do you want to plant and grow during these warmer seasons of light and action and outreach?
Preparing For Spring With Your kids
Just like with ourselves, I like to encourage my kids to think of things that might not be working for them and letting that go. I also like to sit with them and make a Spring goal list. Are there any skills they want to master? books they want to read? Places they want to visit? A cycle of seasons journal is a great place to keep track of all of this.
Signs Of Spring Walk
This is one of my favorite things to do. My kids love it as well (however, my 8-year-old would probably argue that he currently prefers Minecraft. I’m not insulted, it pretty much wins over most things currently.) For a signs of Spring walk, all you have to do is, well, go outside and grab a stick. Head on your walk or simply around your yard, gently move some leaves and see if you see any bright green sprouts (be sure to replace the leaves so the sprouts can stay warm until it’s officially Spring!). Check the trees for buds and listen for birds as well. You can print out a fun signs of Spring scavenger hunt if you like, or bring a guide book of flowers, plants, or birds that are common in your area. Or keep it totally simple and just look around.
Seasonal Craft Alert!
We also like to take pictures of our finds this makes a good through the seasons photo project as well. take pictures of the same trees or plants or areas in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Then print them out and put a picture of the same thing in each season in a wall collage frame
Prepare For Spring Equinox in your home and garden
Here in the Northern hemisphere, and in Northeast, PA, the ground is still pretty frozen. Before I can really start to do any garden work, I like to choose the seeds I want to order for Spring plantings. Then, I check the last frost date, here they are calling for May 2nd this year (you can find your frost dates here). Once I have the frost dates I look at seeds that need to be sown indoors before planting and plant these to align with the last frost date so they are ready to go into the ground on time. This usually keeps me busy and feels like I am working towards Spring.
Pre- Spring cleaning
Before the weather warms up enough to throw the windows open and air my home out, I use the last few weeks of Winter for a decluttering time. I put away anything that is particularly “Wintery” that is still around, swap out my candles for fresher and brighter scents, and wash my lighter weight blankets. This way, when it is officially Spring, I can throw open those windows, mop the floors with essential oils, bring in the first cuts of fresh flowers, and dedicate time to creating our Spring altar.
How are you spending these last weeks of Winter?
Drop me a comment here of some things you are doing as Winter wraps up, share some pics with me on Instagram and tag them @familycoven! before you go, subscribe below so you don’t miss my video and post on preparing a Spring Altar with your kids in the next week. And don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead March 8th for daylight savings time!