I tend to update my altar 4 times a year. The candles I update twice – once to signify the dark half of the year with black cherry candles – and the second to signify the light half of the year with currently the golden orange. I’m still not feeling right about the light half of the year candles.
I think I do my altar slightly differently than most folks – my dark half of the year starts the day after the Autumnal Equinox, the moment the days begin to shorten and nights lengthen. To me, that’s the dark / light dichotomy – from Equinox to Equinox. So, that’s when I will switch my candles back to the black cherry. My problem is, I’m so pleased with the black cherry, but I’m not so pleased with the ‘light half’ candles, that I leave my black ones far too long.
Anyway – here’s the Vernal Equinox to Summer Solstice Altar, showing how the green is getting darker and stronger, and we still have flowers, but it’s getting late into the season. Colours are rich and strong still, before the blistering heat hits after the Solstice and the green greys out and everything gets ‘tired’ looking.