3/20/2014

spring equinox celebration

spring equinox altar

spring equinox altar

spring salad

spring salad

Good afternoon loves. I hope this finds you well. I am very happy that today is the first day of Spring. To celebrate the equinox I took some time to myself today to reflect and meditate. Lately I have been getting into creating these little altars as a way to deepen my connection to myself, the earth, and my intentions. For the equinox I put together an altar that has significant meaning and has been giving me clarity on what I want to develop this season.

The longer I am on my wellness journey the more I see the importance of paying attention to the seasons. Growing up there was a natural rhythm to the seasons. I lived in a city with distinct seasons and there we certain things we did when it was summer like outdoor BBQs, road trips, camping. As a kid I loved summer best as I didn’t have to go to school and there were endless hours to explore and play outdoors.

It’s interesting to me that in many ways I have been trying to reconnect with the spirit of those easy, breezy days. I think I was around 8 or 9 when I discovered how cruel the world can be and that families fall apart. I spent many years in my youth just wanting to check out of life. I poured myself into art because it was one of the only outlets I had for survival.

Fast forward and I’m often pondering how to move beyond a good 15 years of my life. As I meditate on this it is becoming clear that it’s isn’t necessary. What is important is to stay in today and honor where I am. To honor myself and the season change I pulled together some of my favorite things.

Typically an altar will have 4 elements, Earth, Air, Water, Fire. I took care to choose each item, this is also important. Having a clear space and a purpose for the altar is also key. There are many ways to arrange an altar, right now I’m going with what feels right, making it an intuitive process. I don’t believe there is a wrong way to do it ;)

For my altar I used shells that I picked up on the beach in front of Jason’s home. We always find lots of these shells and they make lovely containers for all sorts of objects. The shells also represent the ‘water’ aspect of the altar. In the center of the altar I set up a few of my favorite crystals that were given to me by a dear friend. Each of these crystals has been a major player in my meditation practice.

Inside the shells I put (in clockwise order) fresh cilantro, worry dolls, mala beads, soaked pumpkin seeds, sage I picked in Ojai. The sage is burning, hence the smoky photos.

Cilantro: signifies the cleansing aspect of Spring. Cilantro is a powerful detoxifying herb and this is the season to eat it in abundance.

Worry dolls: my grandmother gave me my first worry dolls when I was a young girl. I told them my troubles at night and slept with them under my pillow. Ever since I have had a group of worry dolls in my life.

Mala beads: I use these to chant sacred mantras daily. More on this practice soon ;)

Soaked pumpkin seeds: seeds are a signifier of Spring. I’ve been meditating on the kinds of seeds I want to plant this year in every area of my life.

Sun dried sage: sage is a wonderful clearing herb. Jason ans I gathered this sage the first time I went to visit him in Ventura. It was such a precious time in our relationship – we met about a month before the Spring equinox and my life has never been the same.

In addition to making this altar I did a long meditation and ate a lot of bright, raw foods to keep my mind awake and energy high. It has been such a beautiful, peaceful afternoon. I’m wishing you all a happy Spring and hope you carve out some time to set and intention for this season.

xoa

Comments

  • Melissa

    Yay! Happy spring! You’ve inspired me to take a bit of time to set some intentions for this season of renewal. There are lots of transitions happening in my life at the moment (I feel like I am always in transition, but such is the nature of life I suppose!), so it would be helpful to carve out a bit of time to reflect & look forward. I love your altar & that salad looks beautiful!

    • ashley

      Hey Melissa, that is awesome! I totally relate to feeling like you’re always in transition, I think it really is the nature of things ;) Happy spring to you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Thanks for continuing to amaze and inspire.
      xoa

  • topa

    This altar is a great idea. Have a nice weekend!

    • ashley

      Thank you and hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!
      xoa

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