Spring Equinox, Ostara, Eostre, Easter, Vernal Equinox By Tara Sutphen
Spring Equinox is March 20, 2022 and marks the mid-point of the Waxing Year, the nights and days are balanced once again; the time when Kore, (Persephone) was believed to have returned from the Underworld where she had ruled throughout the Winter. The spark of light, born at Winter Solstice has reached maturity, and from here onwards, the days progressively grow longer than the nights.
Western culture proclaims this the first day of Spring. Older traditions called the Spring Equinox, Ostara; the time of the festivals of the Grecian Goddess, Eostre, and the Germanic Ostara, both fertility Goddesses of Dawn. These influenced the naming of the modern-day Easter Holiday. New greenery bursts forth from sleeping seeds in the countryside, as metaphorically, pagans also plant their own seeds for future goals, future projects and growth at this time. Decorated eggs, being symbols of fertility are symbolic of Ostara.
In days gone, Europeans gave gifts of decorated eggs to new brides, in the hope that they would bear many children. Similarly, bowls filled with eggs were given to farm workers by the farmer’s wife, to ensure a rich harvest. Most all cultures see the egg as a symbol of Life; the actual home of the Soul. In Russia, decorated eggs are still given as gifts to loved ones and buried in graves to ensure rebirth. The women gathered the eggs only from hens which were around a rooster and decorated them, allowing no one to watch them work as they transferred the goodness of the household to the designs on the eggs, thus keeping evil away. Dyes were mixed to secret family recipes and special blessings placed on each egg. Colors of Ostara Eggs: White: Purity Yellow: Wisdom, a successful Harvest, or Spirituality Green: Spring, rebirth, wealth, youth, growth, happiness Blue: Good health, clear skies Orange: Power endurance, ambition, courage Red: Happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love Brown: Enrichment, good harvest, happiness Purple: Faith, trust, power Pink: Success, friendship, love Black: Remembrance
Lore: The custom of eating Hot Cross Buns also has pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honor of Eostre; Ancient Greeks consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, and the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis. There are conflicting ideas as to what the cross symbol represents. One suggestion is that it is a Christianisation of horn symbols that were stamped on cakes to represent an ox, which used to be sacrificed at the time of the Spring Equinox. Another theory relates to Moon worship; the bun representing the full Moon, and the cross, its four quarters. Christianity gave new meanings to the symbolism of the buns, saying the cross represented the Crucifixion Cross. Thus, superstitions arose crediting these buns as being charms against evil, so after Good Friday, people would save one or two of them to hang in their homes as amulets. During the festival season and indeed, for a long time afterwards, fishermen would carry these Easter buns in their boats, for protection. The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s peak, with the powers of light increasing. The God of Light, (Llew), now gains victory over his twin, the God of Darkness. Llew was reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now old and strong enough to vanquish his rival twin and mate with his Mother Goddess. The great Mother Goddess, who returned to her Virgin aspect at Imbolc, welcomes the young Sun God’s attentions and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice, when the cycle closes, only to begin anew. The Easter Bunny is another symbol which has obvious links to fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life which is evident in Spring. Eostre was a playful Goddess whose reign over the earth began in Spring when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, bringing the end of Winter. Eostre came down to Earth then, appearing as a beautiful maiden with a basket of bright colorful eggs. Eostre’s magical companion was a rabbit who accompanied her as she brought new life to dying plants and flowers by hiding the eggs in the fields. Traditional Foods
Dairy foods Leafy Green Vegetables Nuts such as Pumpkin Sunflower Pine Hot Cross Buns Flower Dishes Sprouts
Herbs and Flowers Jonquils daffodils Woodruff Violet Gorse Olive Peony Iris, Narcissus spring flowers.Incense Jasmine Rose Strawberry FloralsSacred Gemstone Jasper Recipes:
Hot Cross Buns 1/4 cup apple juice, beer or rum 1 cup raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries 1 1/4 cups milk 3 large eggs, 1 separated 6 tablespoons soft butter 2 teaspoons instant yeast 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 3/4 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour Glaze: 1 large egg white 1 tablespoon milk Frosting: 1 cup & 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt 4 teaspoons milk oven 375* 20 mins
Beer Bread Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups flour 4 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 package active dry yeast 1 cup beer or apple juice 1 tablespoon butter 2 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 egg 9×5 Bread Pan Dry Ingredients Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast Beer or Apple juice and other ingredients warm the beer/ingredients on the stove. Add egg last – cover & let raise 30 mins. Kneed on flour surface, cover & let raise another 20 mins Grease pan: place in pan, cover & let “another” 20 mins Oven 375* 30-35 mins
Lavender Goat Cheese Figs 6-10 figs 2 tablespoons cream cheese 1/4 cup goat cheese 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender 1/2 tablespoons honey cut figs in half, spoon in cheese/lavender mixture
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How to have Positive Emotions: Soothe the self. Learn to feel okay. Practice peace of mind. Actuate your emotions into feeling self-assurance or come back to your inner sanctum. You don’t need to create disorder, and don’t react when others are creating chaos or over-reacting. This is about you, and your progression in life. Don’t let others set the tone on what you’re to feel. It’s not a “letting go”, but a “letting it be”. ~Tara Sutphen #rejuvenation #reactivate #tarasutphen #mindfulness #meditation #tarasutphenprivatesessions #tarainsightdotcom
The way to gain a steady life is making wise decisions and carefully selecting people, places and things. If your having a hard time and people aren’t being kind, know you are being given road signs and sometimes the only way to change is when the neon sign is blinking before you. Allow your life to be graceful. ~TaraSutphen
We are constantly need to come back to center, being brave and in resonance no matter the outside circumstances. Allow for Grace. What makes you feel at peace, practice that feeling every day.
*How to become balanced: PHYSICAL: health and the way we treat our cleanliness, posture, and overall treat our bodies is a part where being balanced. Our body is the most precious gift we have and without it we can’t exist. If we don’t stay healthy we certainly can’t enjoy all the other aspects of life.
MENTAL: You want to exercise your mind to keep it working properly. Keep your cognitive abilities sharp. If you don’t take care of your body it will deteriorate, and this can also be true of your mind.
EMOTIONAL: Managing our emotions is important. When engaging with our feelings it’s best to work with our intelligence. I. This way we learn what we want and we can be fulfilled. We need always to resolve our feelings and never be irrational. It’s easy to forget how to manage our emotional world. 4.SOCIAL: There is a certain amount of human socializing people need. We learn to treat humankind with courtesy and fairness when we are interacting with each other. Sometimes there are wonderful connections we naturally make. Camaraderie and joy can easily be attained. But how about when dissension or bad feelings come up, those need to be handled and dealt with emotionally. Even if you don’t like to interact with people there is a certain spacial sharing humans need. 5.FINANCES: Whether you are working in a career or a job, it’s important to bring value to your and others lives. We are all a part of a cycle of service to mankind, to ourselves and to our Families. Money is an energetic transference. Learn what your skills are and practice being the best you can be. 6.SPIRITUAL: The relationship you create between yourself and the universe. You can fight your life every day or you can come into resonance and be in reverence of all the opportunities and possibilities life has your offer you. If you begin the feel blessed, this will carry into your speaking, your actions and into a better future. #tarasutphen #tarainsight #tarainsightdotcom #sessions #hypnotherapy @tara_insight