Ostara: Opening to Springtime

Pagan holidays are linked to the natural cycles of our planet. We honor the two solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year) and the two equinoxes (when day and night are of equal length) among other holidays. The spring or vernal equinox is on the way, occurring on Monday, March 20, this year. The pagan name for the vernal equinox is Ostara, a word that comes to us from the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, a deity associated with spring celebrations. She is the namesake of the holiday Easter, as well as Ostara.

At Ostara, it can be helpful to think about what the natural world is doing and what that means for us. The vernal equinox heralds more light than darkness. No matter what is happening on a personal level, the days will soon be longer than the nights. Warmer temperatures are on the horizon, and the stirring of early flowers, birdsong in the air and increased activity of our local fauna all remind us that spring is coming. There‚Äôs a thread of hope and possibility that comes with longer days and warmer temperatures. Many of us find we have more energy and enthusiasm, and the call of outdoor activities grows ever more attractive. Continue reading…

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