Happy Easter Fabulous Gang! I’m still in disbelief with this incredible sunshine. I hope you’ve been enjoying this glorious bank holiday weekend. Mine began with a flurry of DIY as our home renovations continue (very slowly) followed by a relaxing day in the sun and BBQ. Easter Sunday meant a trip to Manchester Cathedral followed by a lovely family lunch. As Easter unfolds and with all this talk of resurrection and new life, I thought I’d share 3 things to be thankful for this Easter.
Easter means different things to different people, widely Easter is known as a Christian holiday celebrating the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Despite its significance as a Christian holy day, it is thought that many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter celebrations actually have roots in paganism, particularly the pagan goddess Ostara, the ancient Germanic goddess of spring. In fact the Christian tradition draws the name from the pagan goddess “Oestre” or “Eastre.”
The Spring Equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north, this occurs on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The Equinox happens twice each year, when day and night are of equal length and so spring begins. This shift into spring brings a better sense of balance. The long dark nights have faded and the shift of light brings a chance for a more balanced approach to everyday. We can all be thankful that the long Easter weekend allows a little time for reflection, for dreaming and scheming. Is there a project you’ve been wanting to start? perhaps these lighter evenings could mean more time for passion projects and to get creative? – could you readdress the balance and dedicate more time to something you love?
April’s full Moon is connected to Easter, it’s what’s known as the Paschal Full Moon. The date of Easter is determined as the first Sunday after the “paschal full moon” that falls on or after March 21. In ancient times the seasons were tracked by the Lunar Calendar. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full Moon is called the Pink Moon, relating to the wild ground phlox, one of the early spring flowers. Easter brings an opportunity for renewal, rebirth and awakening. Easter time means a renewal of energy, not just for the flowers and trees but for us all. Is it time to stand up, do a happy dance and shake off that old energy that no longer serves us? it might be! Let’s ditch those negative thought patterns, gripes and moans from winter, take a minute to be thankful and renew our energy. Maybe you’ve been in a slumber throughout winter, could it be the prefect time to start moving, maybe a brisk walk in nature or that charity 5k you keep thinking about doing?
March and the location of the sun also mark the time for the rutting of rabbits, Easter is always related to elements of fertility in relation to the bounty that the earth cultivates during this time of year. Easter is the Universe’s way of giving us a second chance, for new life. Aside from the lambs, rabbits and little animals being born, new life can mean lots of different things. Now is a perfect time to bring new life to your everyday.You don’t need to be our rearing lambs to enjoy new life this Easter. Take a moment for mindfulness and think about how your everyday could be injected with a little jour de vivre. It could be as simple as introducing fresh new recipes to your weekly meal plan or styling your hair differently, maybe breathing new life into the house with a fresh coat of paint? Mr T and I sat out on the balcony in the sun stuffed from our Easter lunch and discussed future plans, things we’d love to do around the house and took a moment to be thankful for how far we’ve come. Thank you to all our you who have followed along the fabulous times thus far, here’s to many more to come!
“Easter is the Universe’s way of giving us a second chance”