It was a pleasure to visit Michelle once again at MMW Revolver in Newquay to provide a Spring Equinox workshop. After a long winter and bitterly cold weather, celebrating the Spring, looking forward to brighter days and warmer temperatures was needed to lift the spirits.
We were welcomed by Michelle with a glass of Prosecco, she had also provided Italian lemon bread, chocolate cake and seasonal eggs. We had arrived a little early and it was a good opportunity to browse the interesting items in the shop. The egg-shaped wax candles gave a seasonal glow to the room and Cassandra purchased a sea salt candle.
The workshop began with Cassandra Latham Jones speaking about the symbolism of the season. She included the views of Christianity and Jews that have their unique way of celebrating Easter and calculating the Equinox as a moveable feast. She also spoke about the fertility symbolism of hot cross buns, rabbits, hares and the eggs. At the end of the talk she allowed time for questions and these give an indication of how each person interprets the season and aspects of the talk that resonated with them.
I had arranged for the group to decorate hard-boiled eggs while focusing on future projects that would be born in Spring along with new hopes for themselves and their families.
The food colouring when applied to the eggs seemed to have a life of its own as intriguing patterns and shapes transformed each one.
Our photographer John Isaac was accompanied by his twin daughters who enjoyed participating in the seasonal activities under his supervision.
I provided yellow candles for each person to carve symbols upon while focusing on their hopes and projects.
A small cauldron was then placed in the centre of the table containing potted daffodil bulbs.
Each person lit their personal candle and I guided them through a short meditation using visualization of their hopes and projects springing to life with all the plants and flowers of the land.