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Te Koanga / Alban Eiler / Spring Equinox
19/09/2020 12:00 a.m.
19/09/2020 11:59 p.m.
Wicca - The Spring Equinox ceremony of the Druid tradition is known as Alban Eiler - "Light of the Earth". Alban Eiler, at the point of balance between Imbolc and Beltane, as it is at the point of balance between day and night, is a time for festivity and celebration for it marks the beginning of a new phase, the beginning of the triumph of light. In Europe Spring Equinox was the festival of Eostre, the Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring. In ancient Maori society the rising of the star Aotahi (Canopus) announced the arrival of spring, together with flowering of kowhai, rangiora and kotukutuku the plants of the fourth lunar month spanning September and October. This was also a sign for kumara planting to begin. Puawananga (clematis) now flowering, was regarded as one of the three first-born children of the stars Rehua (Antares) and Puanga (Rigel). A key event was the return of pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, from its winter stay in Hawaiki, the legendary Pacific homeland of the Maori.
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Created at 21/12/2019 1:51 p.m. by Paddy Payne
Last modified at 21/12/2019 1:51 p.m. by Paddy Payne