Monday, March 8, 2010
You can see it everywhere you look. The land is waking up again. Everything is green and new. Colorful patches of wildflowers are everywhere and Mother Earth is just humming with the energy of hope and renewal. March 21st marks the time of Ostara or the Spring equinox.
The celebration of Ostara gets it's name from the Germanic goddess of the dawn, Oestre. In past years this was a time for acknowledging planting time and the promise of a new crop season after the long, dark days of winter were drawing to a close.
It is also a time of great fertility in Nature--it is not only the flower and tree buds that will become pregnant with new life. All of the animals on this planet (including the two-legged ones) seem to become just a little bit "twitterpated" at this time of year. The need to create new life is a primal and instinctual one that affects all species.
Ostara marks the time of the balancing of Mother Earth's light and dark energies. Night and day stand in perfect balance with light overtaking the dark in the days ahead. It can be a most powerful time to work magick as we, just like our Mother, wake up from our winter sleep and get ready to emerge into new life. We truly are like butterflies coming out of our own chrysalis's. Life can be new again. It can be a time to make changes and begin again if we have found ourselves on a road that doesn't seem to be leading in a direction that we particularly want to go.
What will Ostara mean to you this year?