Today, March 20th 2018, is the spring equinox. Equal number of day light and nighttime hours. Can’t speak for Helheim or Jotunheim but today, on earth, it’s spring! Before you get too happy-cheery-springy, remember that a handful of powerful deities will awaken today. Campers, please make room for. . . the Springtime gods:
The all-powerful Ra is Egyptian god of the sun, daytime, light, heat, life, order, and pretty much everything else. Though he’s often referred to as the most powerful of the Egyptian deities, he did get bested by Isis when she forced him into the House of Rest. Before Carter and Sadie Kane revived him on the spring equinox, Ra had become a frail, senile old man spouting complete nonsense. Apparently not even the sun god is immune to the downsides of early retirement.
The Greek god of spring and the west wind is most notable for his centuries-long rivalry with Apollo. Back in the day, Zephyros was crushing on a handsome young Spartan prince named Hyacinthus . . . that is, until he caught the prince playing discus with Apollo. Then he fell into a jealous rage and well, may have accidentally blown the discus into Hyacinthus’s head.
Idunn is the Norse goddess of spring and eternal youth. She earned this title by hoarding enchanted apples that grant immortality. The fruit allows the Norse gods to retain their youthful appearance, but it comes with a limited warranty: it is powerless in preventing death due to Rangarök. Still, the apples are delicious and never out of season, and no doubt Idunn could make a killing by selling them to mortals.
Idunn is not the only Norse god of spring . . . there’s also poor old Balder. Too bad he’s so easy to forget. Despite being the god of light and a good guy all around, he always seems trapped in the shadow of his infinitely more famous brother, Thor. It doesn’t help that Balder was one of the few Norse gods to die before Ragnarök. He perished after being shot by his brother, Hod, with a dart made of mistletoe, his (oddly specific) one weakness. The real mastermind behind the murder of course, was Loki, who’s always been more of a winter guy.