BLESSING ON OSTARA,
THE VERNAL EQUINOX
12 hours daylight, 12 hours dark.
A precious moment of celestial balance in the earth and in us.
Today the sun rises due east and sets due west.
And so the wheel turns
A good time to balance our life,
to offset sadness with joy,
anger with forgiveness,
fear with kindness.
The Crone, who has been sleeping since the ending of the harvest, now awakens refreshed, the beautiful bride. Feel the strength flow through the earth and your body. Wash your face in the dew and pray for a spiritual renewal as well as a physical resurrection.
Keep an eye out for exuberant rabbits.
Mad as a March hare!
According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic goddess Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox -- almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west.
There is very little documented evidence to prove this, but one popular legend is that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But "the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs...the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre."
Wherever you live, whatever your beliefs,
rejoice in the coming of SPRING March 20th.
Thank you, Patti Wigington for some of the above information