Spring Equinox :: Ostara

The door has swung open and the veil is thinning. The equinox is ever a liminal space for change, as we shift seasons and energies. The Libran ingress is an opportunity to find our centre and create from a place of balance and beauty.

The wheel of the year is divided into four quarters that follow the movement of the sun around the zodiac; this is what determines our calendar year. The sun’s movement (or ingress) into each of the cardinal signs is the marker for the two solstices and the two equinoxes and beyond this the rituals that accompany and honour these movements.

Significant portents of change, cardinal energy is linked at its most basic nature to transition. Ancient astrologers originated the term cardinal from the Latin word for hinge because it is the time every three months when the earth shifts and ushers in a new season and a new way of living. The cardinal signs – Aries (fire), Cancer (water), Libra (air) and Capricorn (earth) – are said to be the initiators of the zodiac in each of the elements. The cardinal imperative is strong, singular energy. At the start of anything it is intense vitality and vigour that is required.

As the sun moves into Libra (at 12.21am Friday, just after midnight Wollombi time so check when in your particular timezone) the energies come into balance between night and day, the depth of Winter and the peak of Summer. As they do, the door flings open. Our tipping point too strives to find new balance on the tightrope of our lives.

Here in the Southern hemisphere it is time to turn our attention to creation. Having walked through our darknesses (thank you eclipses) we emerge ready for new growth. Not unscathed but as survivors, warriors. We soften under the gorgeous gaze of new life and so may now plant seeds from a place of evenness and desire, hard won wisdom and potent possibility.

One of my favourite Ostara rituals is to plant something, anything. Choose a plant that reflects your desires for your life and what you would like to see grow within it over the next six months. As our seeds grow and develop, so too will our sacred intentions. Ritual is another doing word; you must be prepared to take action and make steps toward the realisation of your goal. Start from the ground up by preparing your soil and checking the conditions. Once planted, make sure your seed is watered, sheltered, nurtured. Give her the time and space she needs to grow. Talk to her and let her share her growing pains with you. Let her know that she is loved as you walk this path together to your goals.

You too Bohemians, you too. Bright blessings of this tipping point to you and yours xx