As I write this, it is the evening of Palm Sunday and the second night of Pesach. We are eight days past the March 20 equinox. What does the grouping of these three holidays mean for us today?
There are similarities and differences. The equinox means that the day and night are equal in length. The spring equinox is the first day of spring season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere.
The spring equinox represents new light and life. It opens us to our hopes, wishes, and dreams. The more we open our hearts and minds to these new energies, the happier we will feel.
And Pesach, Passover. This is a remembrance of freedom for the Jewish people. The lamb’s blood was smeared on the doorway so that the Spirit could protect God’s people and Moses could lead them out of their slavery in Egypt into a new life of freedom. This is a season of cleaning, for most people; we wash away from our houses all the debris. The little pieces of “chametz”, leavened bread, are cleaned out of the pantries and closets, that things should be clear for the life of freedom that was promised as the Jews left Egypt.
And Easter is also about freedom. In many languages, the word for Easter is Pascha. The story is that Jesus had supper in the upstairs room with his disciples for the first night of Passover. After his death, his resurrection also symbolizes freedom for his followers. The Easter story, and Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection can be said to mean the potential for rebirth, salvation, and renewal of faith.
Both of these holidays are deeply held traditions and meaningful spiritual holidays. And the spring equinox is the symbol of new life; flowers, sunshine, freedom from the harshness of winter. All three are about renewal, rebirth, and freedom from abuse, terror, hatred.
What did you learn about yourself this past season? What will you take with you on this new journey? Is there something you want to leave in the past?
Change is the only thing that’s constant; nothing lasts forever.
New beginnings, new seeds, and a new path. May you have everything you need to move forward with confidence and clarity. So, may it be.
I wish you a lovely spring season, no matter how you choose to celebrate it. And may this spring see your recovery moving you on the path to real freedom from self-abuse with food, and the freedom to create the life of your dreams.
Blessings to you,