Ostara – The Vernal Equinox By Lisa Nieves

On the Spring or Vernal Equinox, also known as Ostara, named for the lunar Goddess Eostre, night and day stand in perfect balance with the powers of light on the ascendancy.  The Sun is halfway through its journey from Imbolc to Beltane.  The Goddess is clad in all Her finery and the God, as He moves through Nature, leaves trails of green in his wake.  At this time the Maiden Goddess & young God are aware of one another and Their ability to procreate through union, an awareness that culminates in consummation at Beltane.

On this day we celebrate renewed life and fertility by boiling and decorating eggs, the universal symbol of fertility and creation.  Another common theme is the bunny.  This is also a symbol of fertility and was sacred to the Goddess Eostre. 

Renewal isn’t reserved just for the plants, animals and deities, though.  As above so below; our physical, emotional and spiritual lives follow this cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth also.

During the Yule season, we set goals for a more positive future.  At Imbolc we cleared away stagnant energy and banished bad habits and unproductive attitudes to make way for a happier life.  Spring has arrived and the Goddess has provided a grand opportunity to make good on those goals.  Spring is all about Fresh Beginnings.  Start making new, more positive habits.  If you haven’t already, start your spring cleaning, but remember that de-cluttering basements and washing windows is only the physical aspect.  Take time to do some spiritual spring cleaning, also.  Any bad habits that have survived the Imbolc Clearing should be taken to the curb with last week’s trash.

Now is the time to bless seeds for growth.  It’s time to plant the seeds of our desires, both physically and spiritually.  Start seeds indoors or begin purchasing seedlings to nurture until after the last frost when they’ll be presented to Mother Earth.  It’s time to sign up for that class or learn that skill that’s been put off for too long.  It’s time to take action, any action that will make a positive change in your life.

Make time to meditate daily and connect with the Goddess. Go outside and welcome Spring with open arms, an open mind and an open heart.

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