“It is Spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by Heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Ostara (pronounced oh-star-ah), also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox, welcomes growth and renewal and holds a tremendous amount of seasonal wisdom.
In the Celtic calendar there are 8 high holy days centred around nature festivals. 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.
These holy days are times when we harness the energy of connecting to Nature and expand our sense of the Self and the Sacred into our everyday.
Spring Equinox is a time when day and night are of equal length.
In the northern hemisphere, Spring Equinox takes place between March 19 – 21st.
This is based on when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and in 2018, Spring arrives on March 20th.
Other names for Spring Equinox were: 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 later became estrogen.
Ancient symbols associated with the Goddess Eostre are the hare, eggs, and baby chicks.
In fact, in 325CE the Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Vernal Equinox.
It’s when day and night, yin and yang, the Divine Male and Female, are in equal balance.
This is the 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 contemplate the following:
- What area(s) of my life need decluttering right now? This could involve a person, place, thing, idea, belief, behaviour, attitude…
- What area(s) of my life require more harmony?
- How can I help bring this about?
- What part of myself needs to grow in order 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.
How did you celebrate Ostara?
I’d love to know! Leave your comment in the box below and share your experience with me.
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