Spring is a time for rebirth and regeneration for many reasons. Mainly, it is a time when the winter woes melt away and we arrive at spring, when flowers bloom and trees begin growing lush green leaves once again.
Ostara, the goddess associated with Easter, has also come to symbolize new life and rebirth. It is no coincidence that the Catholic Easter holiday is all about rebirth – both in the biblical story as well as a symbolic rebirth during Ash Wednesday, a tie to reinvent yourself for the better.
Do you get that urge to spring clean and clear all the stuck negative energy from your life every year? I sure do.
I don’t know if it’s the time when I actually light a fire under myself and start finally carrying out whatever resolutions I’ve made for myself that year, or if it’s the promise of a fresh start after the cold winter has left me sedentary after my hibernation, but I always have a renewed sense of hope and purpose in the spring.
So if you usually need an added push to get things going, let Ostara bring that hopeful, cleansing energy to you so you can feel renewed and alive this season.
Spring is also a time for fasting and cleansing. You can channel Ostara when you want to start transitioning from winter comfort foods to a lighter faire of fresh spring greens.
Overall spring is a time for sowing seeds, literally and metaphorically, and preparing oneself for the promise of the year ahead. So if you want to channel fertility and abundance in your daily life, draw down the power of Ostara to help you in your journey.
To venerate Ostara, pagans usually leave something sweet, like honey or candy, on their altars. This is no doubt a connection to the well-known Easter basket we see nowadays, and an allusion to the sweet nectar that awaits us in the spring flowers blooming all around.
I hope Ostara brings you great health, joy and success in your life!
Ikam Acosta is a freelance writer from South Florida. She’s also a regular blogger at Cycle Harmony. Follow her on twitter.