How to Create an Intentional Spring Equinox Ritual for the Whole Family
The Spring Equinox is an energetically powerful and sacred time to awaken from the introspective hibernation of winter, and set new intentions and dreams into motion.
During the Spring Equinox, the days and night are in perfect balance allowing us to see our intentions and desires clearly as we tip towards the light and rebirth of spring. This energy and clarity make the Spring Equinox the perfect time to set our new intentions for the seasons ahead.
A Spring Equinox Ceremony turns this fresh start into a nourishing ritual that celebrates the end of winter, a time of introspection and comfort, and plants the seeds of what is to come.
At our home, I love to involve our entire family in this ritual. I find it is a great excuse to slow down, tune out the outside world and talk about our dreams, plan exciting adventures, and reconnect as a family.
Although I’ve listed everything we will be doing step by step, be sure to play around with these guidelines and make it yours. Remember, these rituals are meaningful because you give them meaning. These rituals are sacred because you choose to hold them in sacred space.
“These rituals are meaningful because you give them meaning. These rituals are sacred because you choose to hold them in sacred space”
Below is the outline that we use for our Spring Equinox rituals. You can make it as involved or simple as you like, the most important thing is that you connect and have fun! I promise you will love integrating this ritual to celebrate the changing of the season and planting of your new intentions. Continue checking in with your intentions monthly with a New Moon Ceremony.
- Paper (2 for each person participating)
- Note cards or recipe cards (1 each)
- Pens and markers or crayons
- Flowers, branches, stones
- Bowl of water
- Any crystals, oils and mala beads that you use to set your intentions
- Sage or Palo Santo
- Small planter pot or vessel
- Flower seeds
Step One: Set the stage
If you live somewhere the weather cooperates, it is wonderful to have your Spring Equinox Ceremony outdoors, replacing the candles with a bonfire. If you are having your Ceremony indoors, open the windows to allow fresh air to flow into the room.
Light your Palo Santo or Sage and use it to remove any negative energy.
If you have the time, spend part of the day doing some spring cleaning and remove any objects that you feel are no longer serving you. Listen to your intuition, and release any object that no longer sparks love or joy.
Step Two: Set up your altar
If you are doing your ceremony outside, set up your altar around your fire pit if you are using one. Otherwise set up your altar with your candles, and bowl of water. Decorate it with flowers, branches, rocks and other items that symbolize nature and the awakening of spring.
Place your sacred items (crystals, mala beads etc) on your altar and light the candles.
Step Three: Begin with a meditation to open your heart
I love to begin our ceremony with a quick meditation to tune in and open our hearts. You can listen to our heart opening meditation here , or create your own. Imagine a light radiating into your heart chakra and surrounding your family.
Step Four: Release what has been holding you back
Take a few minutes to talk about the significance of the Spring Equinox and the symbolism of moving into a new season. Have everyone take a piece of paper and write what they would like to let go of.
If you are having a bonfire, place this paper in the bonfire to release it to the universe. If you are indoors you can carefully burn it in a fireproof bowl or rip it into tiny pieces.
Step Five: Turn to the future
Spend time as a family talking about what seeds you want to plant this season. There is a real power in stating your intentions out loud. Scribble your intentions on a piece of paper and think about how you want to feel when you achieve or are living these goals. Take your recipe cards out and write out a copy of your intentions to keep in a prominent space in your home. Take time to decorate it with markers, flowers or magazine clippings.
Step Six: Plant the Seeds of Change
Take the rough copies of your intentions and fold them up. Have everyone place them in the bottom of the planter pot.
Take turns filling the pot with soil, and plant your seeds. Give it a little water and place in a sunny spot. Everyone is responsible for taking care of the flower, making sure it is nourished with sunshine and water, the same way we will nourish each other's intentions and dreams.
Step Seven: Close the Ceremony and Celebrate
Close your ceremony with a moment of meditation about what you are thankful for.
Afterward, celebrate this fresh start with a family dinner or walk in nature.
I hope you love creating a special Spring Equinox with your family this year! If you do we would love to hear about it. Tag us on Instagram with all of your Spring Equinox photos.