This is when we hit that perfect point of balance on the Wheel of the Year. Night and day, are of equal length and in perfect harmony – dark and light, male and female, all in balance.
The light defeats the dark, the natural world is coming alive, the Sun is gaining in strength and the days are becoming longer and warmer. Beltane is getting closer and is fulfilled in the evident and abundant fertility of the Earth at Ostara.
It is the first day of Spring! Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess, Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honoured 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 women’s fertility. The Goddess Ostara has the shoulders and head of a hare. The Symbols of Ostara are:
The Hare – the hare is sacred to the Goddess and is the symbolic animal of lunar goddesses such as Hecate, Freyja and Holda – the hare is a symbol for the moon. I found this fab site, with a lovely quote- https://spiritfox.co.uk/2017/09/17/animal-oracles-the-hare/
Hares are an animal which represent illumination, intuition, promise and balance. They are strongly feminine in their energy and often come into your life when you need to look within and figure things out. Time to calm down and take a moment!
How lovely is that! so next time you catch out of the corner of your eye – some hares boxing in a field or leaping across a corn field, take a deep breath and centre yourself.
The Egg – and we should include all seeds here as they are the start of all life. It symbolises rebirth , the fertility of the Earth and all nature. In many traditions the egg is symbolic of the universe. The egg contains a balance of male and female, light and dark, the egg yolk and egg white. The gold of the yolk represents the Sun God enfolded by the White Goddess, perfect balance, so it is particularly appropriate to Ostara and the Spring Equinox when the balance is perfect for that moment in time, and underlying it all is the energy of growth.
Me, I just love the beautiful primroses that pop up along the hedgerows and borders, some gorgeous pink ones on one of my walks, I was so tempted to pick some – but they belong where they are, under the sky – they belong not to me, but to all.
Love, light and blessings xxx