Friday, 21 March 2008

Ostara/Spring Equinox/Vernal Equinox March 21-2

A point of perfect balance on the journey through the wheel of the year. Night and day are of equal length and in perfect equilibrium - dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But the year is now waxing and at this moment light defeats the dark. The natural world is coming alive, the sun is gaining in strength and the days are becoming longer and warmer. The gentle whispered promise of imbolc is fulfilled in the evident and abundant fertility of the Earth at Ostara. It is a time for the hopes of imbolc to become action. The energy is expansive and exuberant. It is the first day of Spring!

Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honored in the month of April with festivals to celebrate fertility, renewal and re-birth. It was from Eostre that the Christian celebration of Easter evolved, and indeed the naming of the hormone Eostrogen, essential to womans fertility. The goddess Ostara has the shoulders and head of a hare.

This is a beautiful picture of a Spring alter I found.

I wish all my friends a Happy Ostara/Easter.


miss*R said...

have a blessed Ostara!

Leanne said...

hi pixie dust! seasonal blessings to you too!
love and light
Leanne x

Kim said...

Happy Ostara, to you Louisa :)

Kim x