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Celebrating Ostara, the spring equinox

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.”

– Gita

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.

– Gita

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.

Here are some ideas for daily practice:

        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

The ritual boxes are designed to help you celebrate each season. I have carefully selected the products and plant allies for their properties, in tune with each season, which calls for healing and transformation. They will help you to create a sacred space for your daily ritual and to follow your path inspired by the wisdom of each season. The Spring Ritual Box includes all you need for your very own ‘planting new seed’ ritual.

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. 

Each ritual should begin with a moment of smudging. Different burning herbs can be used for purification, although for this time and purpose, sage is the favorite.

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.

A ritual to support you in your spring cycle

A ritual to support you in your spring cycle

Ritual is a powerful transformative tool which can be incorporated into the daily routine or done at specific times. Ritual often marks the beginning or end of a period or activity. Other times a ritual is used to honour and celebrate a specific moment. The more connected you are to the cycle of life, the more you will see that there are many occasions that can be honored with ritual. As we move out of winter and into spring, I invite you to live this transition through a ritual of connecting to your roots and calling upon the support and strength that will sustain you in this new cycle, by connecting to an element of nature: the tree.

The intention for this ritual

Begin your ritual by setting your intention.

Decide on a tree of your choice with which you would like to connect. Then formulate your intention using the following inspiration:

  • To remember your own roots and the strength and grounding they give you.
  • To experience strength.
  • To remember all the support available to you in your next cycle.

This ritual can be done outside if you have access to a tree in your garden, park or woods near your home. Choose a place where you feel safe and will not be disturbed. If not, you can do this in your home connecting to a tree through a photo or image.

Take the time to write down any personal intentions you would like to include in this ritual. Use a notebook or journal to write down any keywords or ideas that come to you, then formulate a clear intention. For example:

  • Remember all the support available to me which I can draw on to thrive in this new cycle.
  • Reconnect to the faith in my life that will fuel my confidence.
  • Connect to the power of nature to awaken the strength within me.
  • Experience a moment of rejuvenation.

Ritual is a powerful transformative tool which can be incorporated into the daily routine, mark times of transition, or to celebrate specific moments.

The setup of your ritual space

The next step is to begin with setting up your ritual space which can be very simple or as elaborate as you like!

If you are outside:

  • Choose your tree.
  • Set up a blanket to sit on at the base of the tree allowing you to lean against it during the ritual.
  • Decorate your space by forming a sacred circle around you and your tree. You can do this with stones, flowers, leaves, branches, or anything else you find in nature.
  • Choose different items to make it personal: candles, incense, instruments, crystals, a small statue, a picture, fruits (as an offering or as a feast for the end of the ritual), etc.
  • Bring into the circle any tools you may need: your intention notes, a notebook and pen for writing or a recorder if you prefer to have a natural flow during the visualization, etc.
If you are inside:

  • Choose the space where you will do your ritual. You can sit in a comfortable chair, on your couch, or even on your bed with the altar in front of you, on a desk, tray, (or anything else) etc. You can also sit on the floor or, like many of my friends, do your ritual in your bath, a place where you can close the door and not be disturbed.
  • Decorate your space in the same way as suggested for the outside. Place flowers around you in a circle, crystals, a statue… anything that speaks to you. For the bathroom, add candles in the room and scented oils in your bathwater.
  • Place an image of a tree showing its large root system near you, to support your visualization.

The ritual

1. Mark the beginning of the ritual

Once you are ready, mark the beginning of your ritual. I like to form a circle by putting salt or tobacco as an offering all around me in the outer line of the circle. I call on all my helping spirits to assist me. I say a prayer to acknowledge the spirit of the tree and the nature spirits around me. You can sing a song, ring a bell, or play a drum. You can dance or just sit in silence.

2. Connect with the tree you have chosen

Whether it is the tree you are leaning against or the image of a tree in front of you, begin to visualize the tree, focusing on the roots deeply pushing into the earth, and start contemplating what nourishes the tree, and the communication of the trees with their environment.

Connect to the root system and use this image to think about your own roots! What represents the strongest roots in your life? What gives you the most security and keeps you strong during life’s challenges? Take your time to let the ideas and images come into your mind. Think of all the strengths you have that you might take for granted. Emotional strength, knowledge through education, knowledge through experience, friends and connections in the community, spiritual practices, and more. Take your time and be open to surprises. Let your emotions guide you.

Then direct your thinking to what feeds the tree. Where does it get its nutrients from? The soil around it provides all the food it needs to grow strong. What does the soil in which you are rooted provide you with? Where do you get your true nourishment? Gather images and ideas in your mind. If you need to, you can open your eyes and write them down or record them.

Direct your final thoughts to the communication that trees have with their environment. The root system has an elaborate form of communication with the other roots of the trees around them, through which the trees inform each other of possible diseases, allowing them to develop resistance in advance. Who or what is the support that you can rely on? Allow yourself to receive all the information and record your impressions and visions.

Before you step out of your visualization, take stock of all the amazing support and strengths you have to build your own personal root system for your life. Next, set an intention for your new cycle that begins this spring and think about your plans for the new year. What do you want to add to your life? What new branches or leaves will grow on your tree in this new season? These may be specific projects or qualities in your relationships, such as peace, harmony, strength, joy, and abundance. Make a clear statement and remind yourself of all the support and strength available to you through your roots.

3. Complete the ritual

Once you are out of your visualization, take notes of your experience. Let your creativity flow by listening to the inspirations and new ideas that may come naturally. You can continue to celebrate this new energy within you with a song, dance, or other creative project. Then thank all the spirits and people who have helped you with this ritual. Take time to undo your sacred space. Clean it up, put all the objects back in their place. You may wish to keep a representation of your ritual space. Keep a crystal, flower or leaf and place it on your personal altar as a reminder of this energy. You can also keep a small altar on a tray to continue your prayer and intention for a while longer. You will see, in the days to come you will feel the presence of the energy of your ritual!

This ritual ‘connecting to your roots’ will raise your energy to another level, at a time of year when we are entering the spring season. Connected to your own roots, you will be able to draw on your strengths and what nourishes you and find the support you need to bring your projects to life. To accompany you throughout the spring season, treat yourself to the Spring Ritual Box made up of a collection of our products which have been carefully selected for you to assist you to create your sacred space, and continue in the manifestation of your seasonal intentions.