Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring Festival of Adonia

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we're celebrating the Spring Equinox.  For followers of Aphrodite, this is the first festival of Adonia, in which we celebrate the return of Adonis from the Underworld and Aphrodite brings life back to the land.

Much of what is known about Adonia is that it is honoured at Autumn Equinox when Aphrodite's devotees mourn the loss of Adonis to the Underworld.  However, the myth cycle of Aphrodite and Adonis mimics the myth cycle of Demeter and Persephone.  Given it is stated in myth that Adonis returns to Aphrodite each year, it makes sense to celebrate his return as much as to mourn his loss.

Of course, a great way to celebrate this return is to enjoy the beautiful flowers of spring.  Offerings of flowers are always appropriate to Aphrodite. The daffodils and tulips are blooming and the trees are becoming green again.  The hibernating animals are coming forth from their caves bringing the new life born during the winter.

We honour the reunion of Aphrodite and Adonis on this day and the life and joy that returns to the land as a result!  Adonia blessings to all!

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