Ostara and Spring Energy – Migrated 03/19/2014

While technically the spring equinox isn’t until tomorrow, there is no denying the surge of spring energy that the holiday drives before it, like cold refreshing air before a storm. Spring energy is youthful and wild. We clean out the pantry and rearrange the cupboards yet another time.
For me, this is a time to do away with the heavy and dark imagery of winter. It is a time to create and surround oneself with light. I plant seeds and paint pictures. I work my hands into the ground, not minding that the mud is caked to my elbows.
Most importantly, this is the season to make, act and do. Crafts of all kinds are somehow easier at this time of year. Now is the right time to start a new hobby. Take up walking outdoors if you have been trapped inside all winter long. Easter, Ostara, Eostre, Passover, whichever holiday you celebrate (or if you don’t celebrate at all), take a moment to consider the changing of the season. What that will mean for you is very different than what it means to me.
Whether we like it or not, the seasons play a significant role in our well being. Despite our every attempt to divorce ourselves from nature, we humans cannot escape our ties to the natural world. As Moses led his people into the desert, away from the ‘industrial’ slavery of the Egyptian cities, we too in some small way recognize the wilderness. We shrug off our burdens and turn our backs to the oppression of the coldness of winter. At this time, we face our troubles and take swift action against them. We are each in our wilderness. She is all around us, buried beneath a ton of concrete and steel, but this is just a mask she wears. Beneath it, she is as primal and rich as ever. This facing of trials is not felt as burden as it is at other times of the year. Rather, we are given fresh and youthful energy with which to face it. What we create with that energy, is for us to decide

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