Spring Equinox, 2015

SunriseOn the morning of the Spring Equinox, my husband and I walked up the hill together, under the fading stars. We wanted to get up high so we could see the sun rise above the mountains. We tracked through snow some places, losing the trail, walking by instinct, until finally finding our way to our spot by the ruins of an old stronghold. Only a few moss covered rocks remained now. 

We dressed in white robes, pulling them on top of our winter coats, and sang a mantra together. The sky turned pink, and brightened. The clouds shone like gold above the mountains. We waited, and waited for the sun to show itself, and I started to feel cold, and impatient, but I did not want to leave until I could see it fully. It felt important to stay. So we did, in the wind, sitting, watching the sky. And then finally it came, the ball of fire above the clouds. I felt so happy and relieved. The trees, moss, heather, stones, were all bathed in golden light. It was beautiful. The moment, the energies felt special, sacred. I wanted to soak it all in it. I stayed for a while longer, lingering in the cold as long as I could. I wanted to gather it all in my heart, and carry it with me, those precious, golden rays of the Equinox. 

Back home I took a long, hot shower, and was still shivering when I crept under the covers for a few hours more of sleep. 

The Stone Circle (Stoplesteinan)

Later in the day we went on a road trip to visit a circle of ancient, mysterious stones, a few hours away. 

No one seem to know their true meaning, but I thought I felt something as we climbed that green hill, and walked into their midst. I sat there for a while, as the sun started to set behind the hill, trying to read what I was feeling.

A few days later, as my experience had settled more into me, I wrote this: 


Stone circleAs I walked among the stones, I thought I felt whispers of what once was, as though the veil was very thin, separating the past from today, thousands of years between us. And yet it felt like it could have been yesterday. 

I sat for a long moment, feeling a touch of sadness, a longing for a time when nature and beauty was honored, protected, and love and light was like precious gems to be gathered and shared with others. 

Do You Remember? 

Do you remember the winter light of the solstice? The woman in blue, standing in a circle of frostbitten stones. The silence of the dark morning, the last stars fading at the rising of the sun. 

Do you remember that long moment of reverence? Knowing what the light meant, to the world, to your soul. Can you hear the singing?  Feel the sense of wonder, and relief as the first rays reach you, warming your skin, a little, in the depth of winter. 

Do you remember when everyone felt the meaning of the sun, and could read the stars, the rain, the mountains, the earth. When the world was an open book of teachings to be honored, understood. When one sapling, one tiny flower could mean so much, carrying a message of light, from the universe, the gods. 

Do you remember?

12 Comments on Spring Equinox, 2015

  1. Laura
    March 31, 2015 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

    Thank You Anne Linn, it was uplifting to read about your experience. It made me long to be there too!

    • Anne Linn
      March 31, 2015 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Laura. I’m so glad you felt that way.

  2. Fotis
    March 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing Anne Linn!
    Where is this place? These stones looks like they form a circle making the place look sacred.

    The sun rise by itself has something sacred for me. Especially the days of equinoxes and solctices is giving something more into it, and at this equinox it was a chance for me too to reflect and come closer to its nature.

    And a step closer to the summer 🙂

    • Anne Linn
      March 31, 2015 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Fotis. The place is in Norway, about two hours away from where I live. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoplesteinan

      Yes the sun rise feels like something very sacred. The energies on the Solstices and Equinoxes always seem special, and yet different from each other. And yes, I find myself looking towards summer quite a bit 🙂

  3. Jodi Sky
    March 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Anne, you write so beautifully. As always, reading this took my breath away. So lovely that your husband is you companion in these experiences. I spend the equinox together with my husband out connecting with the earth energies and Goddess too and it was a deeply spiritual experience for us both.
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  4. Anne Linn
    March 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Jodi, thank you. Words like that are so healing, because I often worry and fret about my writing. I’m so glad that you experienced the equinox with your husband as well. It’s nice to be two.

  5. Ella
    March 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Anne-Linn, I loved this post. You take me to a quiet and still place with your writing, and it makes me long for more magic and worship in my life. I also celebrated the equinox sunrise with some friends at Delphi in Greece, and like you at the stones, it felt like there was a whisper of what once was at that place.

  6. Anne Linn
    April 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you dear Ella. It must have been so lovely at Delphi.

  7. Hrvoje
    April 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for this post Anne Linn. Lately I also feel more drawn towards ancient times when people were more spiritual, and I also feel that one could glimpse or even see clearly into the past. The mystery of time ould indeed be, like you’ve expressed it, a thin veil. Really enjoyed the poems, especially “Do you remember”. Must have been a good experience to visit that ancient site in Norway.

  8. Anne Linn
    April 3, 2015 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for writing Hrvoje. Yes it was a nice experience. Those sacred sites are so few here, and the land so silent, that I can’t quite grasp what it’s trying to tell me. I keep wondering how people celebrated spiritual events here, in the past. Hope you had a beautiful Equinox as well.

  9. Pavlin
    April 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful and insightful moments with us, Anne Linn!

    • Anne Linn
      April 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Pavlin for reading 🙂


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