Celebrating Ostara: The Spring Equinox
The equinox is the midpoint between the summer and winter Solstices, representing an equilibrium or balancing point between the light of summer and the darkness of winter. At the moment of the equinox, as the Sun's light lands square on the Earth's equator, there is a perfect balance between the hours of day and night.
This balancing point offers a reset, a time to pause before the great Light of the Sun begins to overcome the Darkness of Winter. Ostara, the Spring Equinox, brings the hope of rebirth, a new life, and new beginnings. A theme of the season is fertility, as we need fertile ground in which to plant out seeds of intention to guarantee their successful fruition.
The Birth of the Goddess
The entire spring season is representative of the birth and maturation of the Goddess. At the moment of the rebirth of the Sun on Yule, the light offers more and more power to Mother Earth to grow, birth and nurture all the fruits of the natural world. Ostara represents the first initiation of the Goddess, of coming into her own power. realizing the power she has within herself to create and transform.
The Story of Ostara's Eggs
Ostara stems from Eostre, the Germanic Goddess of Spring. As the story goes, Eostre came across a bird with a broken wing, unable to fly and therefore unable to feed, care for and protect itself and would surely die in the wild. To save the small bird, Eostre transformed it to a hare. As a show of gratitude, the hare would lay colorful eggs every year as gifts for Goddess Eostre. The hare and the egg both being symbols of fertility, represent this season's Magick of procreation.
This story also tells us of the Goddess's Magick; being able to transform nothing into something or something into something else. This is pivotal as the Goddess grows into and becomes confident in her power to create, for she is the center and essence of all elements of Creation. All the power to create lies within her, for her own discovery.