The meandering thoughts of a modern-day hearth witch.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Wheel of the Year // Ostara

Spring has sprung!

Tonight the vernal (Spring) equinox occurs - the moment when there is equal light and dark in our day. 

Everywhere around us we can see the Earth coming back to life, spurred on by this increasing light. There are lambs in the fields, birds in the hedgerow and daffodils everywhere!

Hundreds of years ago, the Germanic pagans who resided in Western Europe, including the British Isles, celebrated this time by honouring their fertility goddess Eostre. The festival became known as Ostara and we retain aspects of its symbolism in modern celebrations for the Christian festival of Easter. 

Spring Equinox is a time to begin planting and sowing seeds, ready for the summer harvests - those of you who garden, like me, will surely be sorting through your packets of seeds and planning when you will plant them. 

I try to treat my hopes, dreams and personal goals in much the same way - by planting the metaphorical seeds. Right now, this is most clearly demonstrated by my photography; I'm working hard to get in place the skills and tools I need to allow it to come into fruition. 

I hope that whatever your plans and dreams may be, that the warmth and light of Eostre shines upon them, to allow them to grow. 

Brightest blessings. 

3 musings:

Robin Larkspur said...

Blessed Ostara to you and yours! It is enjoyable to finally be able to think about spring planting, in all its forms!

jill said...

Love this time of year,Happy Ostara to you xx

Crystalrainbow said...

Blessings for a bright successful spring hun :) the photos are beautiful as always lambs are too cute for words. Yes time to plant those seeds ......... oh hundreds of seeds :$

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