Celebrating Ostara, the spring equinox
Spring Equinox marks the midway point between Winter and Summer Solstice. It is also the second of the three spring celebrations, the first one being Imbolc and the last one Beltane. Ostara has its roots in pagan Germanic traditions and honours the goddess Ēostre. In our contemporary life Spring Equinox might simply inspire a moment of marking spring and is an invitation to allow this season to inspire our personal reflections.
Why should we celebrate Equinox or Solstice?
Most of our lives are governed by modern life routines, an energy which is linear and left brain oriented. The cyclic rhythm of the seasons and presence of sunlight in the wheel of the year offers us moments of inspiration, to take time out, stop, and remind ourselves of our goals as well as to connect with our inner needs and soul’s wisdom. It offers a moment of calm, a moment to make time to take care of our needs, a time to connect with our family and friends, a time to honour the presence of Spirit in our lives.
As more and more people distance themselves from organized religion, nature offers us an undeniable powerful guidance and beauty. The sun governs the rhythm of our days and the cycle of our year. The solstices and equinoxes are therefore highlights of the cycle of the year – neutral yet so personal.
“The seasons carry a wisdom which inspires us to make positive changes in our lives.”
Spring is a time of new beginnings
In the wisdom of the seasons teachings, Spring Equinox is the height of the spring season. We are called to step into the manifestation of our plans and ideas.
In the teachings and deep wisdom that nature reveals to us, this season is all about new cycles, exciting opportunities, a call for clarity and commitment, the planting of new seeds, cleansing the old, and releasing the dust of winter.
Equinox is a moment of perfect balance in a season of transition. We are moving from winter into summer. Transitioning can be challenging if we do not pay attention. Yet, in the middle of the season, we are offered this moment when day and night are equally long, when the sun offers us a moment of perfect balance.
This is a great opportunity for meditation, to find our center, to rest, get clarity and receive divine wisdom.
It is the season in which we welcome new opportunities, take on new collaborations or move forward with new ideas. We are also asked to step up, shake off winter fatigue, and let in the new and fresh energy. Spring cleaning comes to mind.
“When we connect to the teaching of the seasons and mother nature, and when we invite sacred moments into our daily routine, we bring magic back into our life.
Create your personal spring ritual
The wisdom and inspiration which is offered to us in this spring season could fill books and hours of conversation. Over the years, inspired by the questions and comments of my students, I have put together many resources through which you can get inspired.
Some are simple and encourage a daily short practice, others will carry you deeper and open the door to a journey towards your inner knowing.
Integrate a daily practice
In the Shamanic Journey circle groups and in the Wisdom of the seasons in-person and online workshops, we pay a lot of attention to creating a daily practice. For it is only through daily practice and inspiration that we can be fully present and autonomous in our life.
Make a visualisation to connect and center yourself – Get a free recording
- Practice the silent meditation – Find a short “Instruction to silent meditation” on Instagram
Meditation is a lifelong journey which should be done regularly.
The art to create a ritual is a simple act of being present and connecting to spirit and your inner wisdom. It is an act of honouring yourself and your connection with your integrity.
I would encourage you to find ways of making ritual relevant to your personal needs and the needs of your community. Your intention is what counts.
Throughout your practice, hold your intention with clarity in your heart and mind.
Spring Ritual Box
Do a Spring Cleansing
This beautiful season of bringing forth new life and new opportunities calls also for the release and cleansing of the old and stagnant energies of winter. A spring cleansing can be part of your ritual. Make room for new, inside and out.
The sound of a shamanic rattle can also be used to purify your home and sacred spaces.
Tending your sacred space and your altar is particularly important to renew your commitment and invite new energy.
Connect to your community
The path towards inner wisdom and discovery of ourselves is a path which, ultimately, we have to journey on our own. Knowing who you are and what gift you carry is revealed in this path of discovery of the Self. It brings sovereignty and autonomy.
Community is the way we nourish ourselves on this journey. We find safety in the sacred circle with others and inspiration when we listen to their own discoveries.
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May this spring season blow new wind into your journey of self-discovery and open your heart be filled with new buds of gorgeous fragrant joy and beauty.