The Spring Equinox and Life Insurance

The Spring Equinox will occur at 11.54am on Sunday 23 September in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks the exact time that the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of the day and night is almost equal.

The Spring Equinox is a very special time of year for reasons such as:

-The weather starts to get warmer

-The sun rises earlier and days begin to lengthen

-New growth and new life is evident in gardens and fields

Also known as the Vernal Equinox, it’s a time of year that was revered by the Druids in Ancient Britain along with the Winter Solstice.

It’s seen as a time of rebirth and renewal and the Ancient Druids celebrated spring with their Alban Eilir festival which means ‘The Light of the Earth’. Druids believed there was life in all living things, from rocks and stones, to rivers and springs, plants and trees and that all life was sacred. They also practised the sacred arts of benevolence, truth and morality.

Some of the Druid rituals took place in Oak forests where both the Oak tree and mistletoe were held sacred. The Oak represented durability, purity and constancy. Eating acorns was believed to give them prophetic powers.

How to celebrate the Spring Equinox

As the Equinox this year falls on a Sunday it’s a great time to think about how you too could celebrate the change of season. With the day’s getting longer why not get up a bit earlier on Sunday and watch the sun rise or sunset. Or get outdoors and have a picnic with family and friends. Spring is also the perfect time to get back into the garden or start planting new flowers and shrubs.

Celebrating the Spring Equinox at NobleOak

At NobleOak we celebrate the Spring Equinox as it’s a reminder and connection to our 140 year heritage with the Ancient Order of Druids.

The Order started in Melbourne in 1851 where its activities included providing sick pay to members as well as funeral benefits. This was, in fact, a form of Life Insurance once actuarial tables were used to set out premiums and benefits for members.

In 2011 we changed our name to NobleOak Life Ltd when the Order was demutalised and we used the oak tree as our logo because the Druids revered the noble oak tree.

Today, we offer a range of Life Insurance covers to all Australians including Term Life, Income Protection, Trauma and TPD cover. We also continue to maintain the sprit of the Ancient Order of Druids and their guiding principles underpin our values of Nobility, Simplicity, Adaptability and Delivery.

 

Sources:

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/spring-equinox.html

https://www.druidry.org/druid-way/teaching-and-practice/druid-festivals/spring-equinox-alban-eilir

Margaret Rochford

21 September 2018 - 5 minute read