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Welcome Spring! Ostara Blessings!

Ostara Blessings to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere. May the coming spring and summer bring you much joy, love, and abundance! 

My Ostara gift to you is a piece I wrote for MotherHouse of the Goddess, a wonderful portal for Goddess Spirituality. 

Spring Equinox: Energize and Emerge!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the first signs of Spring are starting to appear. Here in Texas, that means the first robin, the first bluebonnets along the highway, and the first thunderstorms of the year. Though we’ve had a mild winter, there’s just something about knowing that Spring is on her way that makes the world look, sound, smell, and feel different. After months of turning inward, cocooning in my home with my loved ones, and regenerating after a year of transformation, Springtime has me all abuzz. Overnight, it seems my thoughts have turned to planning, planting, and play.

In Goddess Spirituality, the Spring Equinox (around March 21) marks the return of the Goddess from her journey through the Underworld, which began at the Fall Equinox (Mabon). Newly reborn at Imbolc, the Goddess emerges into the world as the Maiden — the Kore of Greek myth, the dancing Divine Girl Child come to bring the world back to life. Called Ostara (or Eostre) in many traditions, after the European Goddess of the same name, this is the time to till the soil of our lives afresh and plant the seeds of what we want to manifest during the next cycle of the Wheel of the Year. It’s also the perfect time to declutter, physically and emotionally — to spring clean on all levels so that we can go into the new year with space to grow and light to nurture.

Ostara is also a time to get back in touch with our Inner Child, to find our own Kore energy. Taking time out to play, to experience wonder, to find a sense of joy is one of the most powerful rituals you can perform to honor the coming of Spring. Winter can be such a serious season! Spring invites us to laugh with all our might, to allow ourselves to grow through the magickal power of laughter and play.

 

If you’re looking for ways to bring the energy of the Spring Equinox into your life and practice, I hope you’ll join me for Energizing Ostara!: Getting to Know the Spring Equinox. In this five-day course, you’ll learn some Spring Equinox lore, create some ritual crafts, try some Springtime recipes for ritual food and drink, and build your own Spring Equinox rituals. Course price is just $15! Sign up here

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Susan Harper is an eclectic solitary Feminist Witch from Irving, Texas. She is a professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies, with a focus on gender, religion, and sexuality. She is also an activist, community educator, and writer. When she's not making magick or fomenting social change, Susan is the head soapmaker, herbalist, and aromatherapist for Dreaming Priestess Creations. She shares her life with her partner, Stephanie, five cats, and two guinea pigs.

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