Ostara (pronounced oh-star-ah), also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox, welcomes growth and renewal.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the name and some of the meaning and symbols connected with this ancient festival. Then I’ll suggest ways that you can bring this deeper meaning into your modern mystical everyday PLUS give you a special Spring “cleaning” breath exercise.
Ostara is one of the quarter festivals – along with Litha (Summer Solstice), Mabon (Fall Equinox), and Yule (Winter Solstice) – of the Celtic calendar with the cross quarter festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, and Samhain celebrated in between.
Other names this festival was known as are: Oestara or Eostre’s Day. The Old English word Ēostre continues into modern English as Easter and is derived from Eostre (pronounced yo’ster), the Germanic-Saxon Goddess of Growth and Fertility. This is also one of the origins of spelling the word oestrogen which became estrogen.
Ancient symbols associated with the Goddess Eostre are the hare, eggs, and baby chicks.
Ostara is a time when day and night, yin and yang, the Divine Male and Female, are in equal balance. It is a time for new beginnings and to open to direction in how to manifest the lives we desire.
How can we acknowledge the sacredness of this time?
Before you continue to the suggestions on how to celebrate, first connect to the essence of this being a time to contemplate harmony within ourselves.
Take out your journal and ask yourself:
- Is there any one area of my life taking more of my attention than another?
- What seed would I like to tend this Spring?
- What will it take for me to water this precious seed?
- In what ways do I need to grow in order to hold the space for this seed to take form?
- Where can I get the support I need to do this?
Ways to Celebrate Ostara
- Take a walk in Nature and see how many signs of new growth you can spot.
- Plant starter seeds for your garden.
- Do some Spring cleaning.
- Paint some eggs while connecting to their meaning of renewal and growth.
Ostara Spring Cleaning Breath Practice
We’re going to do a guided spring cleaning breath practice. As you do this, consider some of the insights from your soulcentred journaling.
Click here to listen to the guided breath practice (duration: 7:28 ).
How did you celebrate Ostara? Did you do the journaling, breath practice, or some of the celebration suggestions?
How were they for you? What insights took shape?
I’d love to know!
Leave your comment in the box below and share your experience with me.
Want to continue to explore these ancient festivals and how to bring their wisdom into your modern everyday? Check out Modern Priestess: 9-Month Mystic Journey where we explore the phases of the Moon along with Celtic Nature festivals, soulcrafting activities, and female embodiment practices.
Your Soul Sistah,
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