Spring Equinox & Ostara Celebrations...
Why is it that whenever there is a Solstice or an Equinox, the cats and my guides wake me up at stupid o’clock and make me stand outside. So here I am, candles, coffee and watching the sunrise on this beautiful day.
I guess old habits and past lives die hard. It’s no secret that I’ve been a healer many lives over, but with these ancient gifts, comes the practice of honouring the earth, celebrating the change in season and her planetary alignments. Harnessing the energies of the seasons while they’re with us, helps to strengthen our connections.
As I sit writing, a flock of white cockatoos fly overhead, calling and howling to honour the morning. These birds represent the angelic realms, and spirit communications. Today is loud, it is a celebration.
Ostara is the Sabbat celebrated in the Northern hemisphere and Mabon in the South.
It is rather strange that consumerism commands what we celebrate here in Australia. Easter is connected to eggs and spring, yet the season is turning to Autumn. At Christmas, Australia experiences summer, yet commercialism is still affiliated with snow, and warm spices.
Even though I am situated in the Southern hemisphere, I live in the furthest North of Australia and here we only experience two seasons, Wet and Dry. I find that typically the weather dynamics in Darwin present in the same way that the UK does, my place of birth. Wet/Winter and Dry/Summer, so I still celebrate the seasons according to the Northern Hemisphere and its practice.
Ostara is tied with the Equinox, and celebrates the beginning of Spring, new life, love and fertility. Leading up to this, lots of clearing will have taken place, both physically and energetically.
‘Spring Cleaning’ is the ritual of ‘out with the old and in with the new’. We are able to assess things that may have shifted or are out of balance and reconsider our priorities. Therefore, this is a perfect time to connect into the magic of the season. Abundance, manifesting, balance and getting rid of what no longer serves you.
The main symbolisms for this Sabbat are spring flowers, pastel colours and eggs. Why? The flowers are what typically grow at this time of year and the colours that bloom are usually pastels. Think snow drops, daffodils, crocus, dandelions, iris and roses. Greens, pinks, yellows and lavenders.
Spring represents a fresh start and the best way to celebrate is to plant seeds with intentions, both figuratively and literally. So, what’s with the painted eggs and chocolate you ask? Well, eggs are a symbol for new life within.
Typically, the eggshells are coloured, painted with symbols and used for decorations. Symbols of the God, Goddess, fertility, the sun, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity, growth, strength, wisdom, love and protection.
Eggs were dyed using natural colours found in nature; to create yellow use turmeric, to create blue use red cabbage, and for pinks and purples use beetroot.
Celebrations usually come with a meal, and for this season hot crossed buns and sweet cakes are typically associated, however commercialisms have included chocolate and incorporated the egg symbology.
After the celebratory meal was had, people used to crush the decorative eggshells and cast them out into their gardens. While this has an energetic purpose of casting your intentions out into the universe, it’s also a natural deterrent for slugs and snails in your vegetable and flower beds!
So today, I will be busy baking my grandmothers famous Lemon Drizzle Cake and buying some pretty and bright flowers. What will you be doing to embrace this change of season? —————————————————————
~ The Wild Healer ~
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