Ostara approaches

Sooo… you may (or may not) have noticed by now that I observe holidays, holy days, holly days, festivals, and celebrations from diverse cultures and religions. I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity observer… where I find meaning and power, I embrace it.

Currently, one of my very favorite observances is fast approaching. On Monday, March 19th at 10:14pm PST, it will be the Vernal Equinox. This is the time when the dark and the light of the day are in perfect balance before the light takes the lead. It is a time when masculine and feminine energies are in balance. It is a wonderful time to begin new projects, sowing the seeds that will flourish throughout the rest of the year. We can benefit greatly by working with the energies of this time in our efforts to revitalize and grow.

Many (myself included) observe the Vernal Equinox as a celebration of the goddess Ostara- Ostara Sabbat.

Ostara/Eostre is the Teutonic goddess of fertility. She is associated with the rabbit (a symbol of fertility) and the egg (a symbol of creation and fertility). Perhaps this is sounding a little familiar now… Easter? Easter bunny? Easter eggs? The colors associated with Ostara are pastel yellow, pink, and green- soft tones that reflect the softness and newness of the spring.

So, this Ostara business isn’t so unfamiliar after all. The intentions of its rituals and observances shouldn’t be so foreign either. ‘Spring cleaning’ is a cliche, right? Time for moving out the excess and heaviness of winter so that new energy may enter.

One practice that I have observed every spring since I was living in Sedona is known as “wiping your slate clean.” Basically, it entails making a list of the offenses you have committed in the previous year. Make this list a week prior to the Equinox- write down all of your negative acts to family and friends, and then make an effort to right these wrongs before the Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, gather your list of wrongs and how you have attempted to right them… and then burn it. Clean slate!

How about you? What will you be doing to celebrate the arrival of spring?

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