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Happy Easter Sunday! Your Goddess for the week of April 4 to April 10, 2021, is Goddess Ostara!
Celestial Moon Update:
We move into the 4th quarter moon. The moon enters Capricorn Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 1:13 am Pacific time. Here is what Capricorn brings to the Easter celebrations.
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021:
For Easter, April 4th, the moon is in the constellation of Capricorn. The energy of its ruler Saturn presses us to be organized and responsible. Many of you will make that dutiful visit to an Easter Sunday Service. While others may take a walk in nature. Both will help you connect with the deeper spiritual aspects of your life. But your mind will likely be distracted by the material world and your to-do list. But don't worry, you will still be inspired on Monday to complete those tasks.
You can start formulating a few goals for next week as well. Clear mental clutter by writing things down so you can put your mind at ease and not need to remember everything.
The moon is in its waning phase as we approach a new moon in Aries next Sunday, April 11.
Below is your Goddess, her attributes, and a message for the week. Notice her presence in your life in her symbols which are found in our everyday lives.
Holiday: Spring Equinox
Symbols: Moon, eggs, chicks, hare, rabbit, ribbons, spring flowers, birds, and baskets
Themes: Fertility, balance, equality, light waxing, creativity, full self-expression
Today, the Goddess Ostara is celebrated at the spring equinox each year by many neopagans throughout the world. Ostara is both the name of a Goddess as well as the name of the celebrated holiday. Ostara is not really a new holiday, it is an old pre-Christian spring equinox festival. The Germanic meaning of Ostara is, "movement towards the rising sun." Her Anglo-Saxon name was Estre, Eostra, or Eastre, which you can hear in the modern-day name of Ostara.
Christianity absorbed many pagan festivals into the new religion changing the dates ever so slightly, altering the stories to blend in with their faith, and renaming the celebrations. Eostra or Eastre is an example of an old festival that was absorbed and reshaped into the Christian holiday we know today as Easter. The earliest recorded observance of Easter comes from the 2nd century CE.
The Goddess Ostara awakens from her winter sleep and returns from the underworld to the surface at the spring equinox, spreading her blessings across the land. She represents rejuvenation, resurrection, and renewed life. She is the maiden Goddess whose feet can barely hold still. She dances with the fae and has a spring in her step. She represents fertility. Every living sleeping thing she touches becomes energized and vibrant with life once again...
Ostara is a moon Goddess, and her celebrations seem to be closely dependent on the time of the full moon. When the full moon occurs near the spring equinox, the church determines the Sunday of our Easter celebrations. That is interesting as to why the church would focus so intently on the fullness of the moon. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full Moon that occurs on or just after the spring equinox. This gives us another clue as to how important the moon is to Ostara.
Symbols of the Goddess
Eggs were symbols of rebirth; they were traditionally colored red, especially in Europe. The Persians began their solar years on the spring equinox and practiced the tradition of coloring eggs and giving them to each one another. Russians use to place red eggs on graves to serve as resurrection charms. Generations later, we continue this celebration in the United States with parents (the Easter bunny) spending hours cooking, decorating eggs, and hiding them for children to seek out.
For centuries games with eggs have been part of the seasonal celebrations. Egg rolling, hunts, dancing, decorating, even egg divination are popular Ostara activities.
The egg is a mystical symbol of creation. During Hellenistic Greece, The Great Goddess Mother Night was seen as the deity who first brought forth the World egg. The World Egg contained the universe in an embryo. Heaven and earth were made from its two halves of the eggshell. Sometimes cultures identified the World Egg as the Moon or was identified as a woman's womb.
Eggshells are an excellent component to any garden compost bin for a boost of calcium. The smell of eggs helps keep the deer away from your perfect rosebuds. Add crushed eggshells to your bird feeder to attract more birds, especially healthy for female birds.
Hare and Rabbits
The Moon Hare is much older than the Christian faith. He was sacred to the Germanic people, and it was part of their myth that the hare would lay eggs for good children on the eve of Ostara. The Moon Hare lives on the moon.
In the middle ages during the victorian era, people began to associate flowers with deeper magical meanings. Many of these concepts are still employed today in magical spells and rituals. A few spring flowers associated with this time of the year are: Tulips, Daffodils, Spring Beauties, Primrose.
Here are a few flowers and magical properties:
Begin by opening up the curtains or go outside and breathe in the deep fresh crisp morning air. Reach for the sky and stretch as high as you can reach up until your whole body is fully stretched. Imagine a giant golden sun descending through the top of your head (crown chakra). Allow the vibrant energy to permeate every cell of your body. Repeat the stretch and drawn down another golden sun. Let the sun's rays continuously flow throughout your body, circulating and warming your being.
Standing, imagine drawing her fiery earth energy up from the ground into your feet. Let the energy flow through your legs, body, arms, and face generously filling up every space of your body bursting out the top of your head like a wellspring fountain.
Allow both energies to swirl and blend as you are filled with the blessing of the earth and sky. Focus your breath and the energy as it flows through the palms of your hands.
Now thinking of the Goddess Ostara, invite her to journey with you this day and week are you explore your own creativity and full self-expression.
Continue this exercise for 5 to 10 minutes.
Your personal message
Find sweet inspirations on a sacred walk this week. Seek out nature trails in a local park to see which spring beauties are pushing up through the ground. Planet an Ostara garden to get closer to the soil and send your energy into the earth to say hello to the Goddess of spring. The moon in serious Capricorn combined with the Sun in Aries gives us the focus and determination to complete important tasks in the early part of the week.
The voice of the Goddess is found this week in songs you will sign or hear. Her inspiration is all around you. She is the fire under your feet that compels you to try again.
More information about Ostara and Goddess Spirituality can be found in my book. Lady of the Goddess, by Lady Glamourgan