The Ostara Makeover: A labyrinth, a broomstick and hot chocolate!
Today marks the end of the season of Ostara, commonly known and referred to as the Spring Equinox which runs from March 19-23rd. When we think of spring, we think of renewal, we think of spring break, we think of easter; eggs, bunnies, flowers and whatever else is associated with this time. What I'm more interested in is the Goddess the season is named after, what she represents and what can we do to celebrate this special time.
As you may or may have not noticed, I am offering guided meditation as an available service. I only offered this because a friend of mine (thank you to those who give me these brilliant ideas) had requested for it. We scheduled it this past Saturday on the 21st and it was a hit! I didn't want to give a basic inhale and exhale tutorial over the phone, I wanted to give her a complete experience of what Ostara was all about, timing it with the current moon phase. Hopefully, as people catch on to an interest in awakening their consciousness and improving their awareness, what I'm offering could be something of purpose for the greater good in the future. Also, it's a perfect time to tap into the deeper part of ourselves since we're all trapped at home; trying to figure out what we can do besides clean, keep our kids and spouses at bay, watching Netflix all day and trying to social distance from the fridge until it gets real bad, during this pandemic.
Ostara, who is she and why is there a season named after her? Ostara is the Germanic maiden goddess who represents growth and rebirth. Sometimes she goes by Eostre in which the word 'easter' derived from and also means estrogen. Ostara also represents purity, childlike innocence, dreams coming true and the belief that magic does exist. She also has a dark but reasonable side, shadow maiden, who is self-centered and selfish. I only say reasonable because although the bright and cheery side of Ostara wants you to believe all your dreams will come true, shadow maiden allows you to see if your dreams can actually be transformed into reality. In other words, shadow maiden can help you see through the bs and tell you if the dream isn't working for you then let it go and move on. And that's exactly what we tried to achieve during this past Saturday's guided meditation session. There was one I found called Ostara Labyrinth Meditation in which I used as a guide to help me with my script for my meditator on the other end. Overall, at the end of the session, she told me she felt lighter. She was holding on to so much and didn't know how to let go. It's not to say that she fully let go of all her problems, but the most important part is that she took her steps, paused, and kept moving forward. At the end of the session, I instructed her to never look back, she had to leave that all behind her in order to start a new beginning. That's what Ostara is all about, letting go and starting fresh.
In addition to the Ostara Labyrinth Meditation, here are two rituals you can do at home:
Ostara Springtime Ritual
You will need: A broom, water left in a bowl (you will leave outside from dusk the night before the spell), salt + pepper
When: Between March 21-23rd
- Sweep your home, sweep all the dust you can in counterclockwise circles and out the front door.
- Chant, Dust to dust, away you must, health and luck and joy to bring. Begone winter, welcome spring.
- Dip your hand in the bowl of water and splash droplets clockwise around your home while chanting, Enter new light and life, banish strife. Welcome, luck, love, money and new beginnings.
- Pour any remaining water out the front door.
- Finally, sprinkle salt + pepper on the doorstep and chant, Enter not here ill intent, the power to harm me/us is spent (name any unwanted visitors, humans and in this case, personally, I called out the coronavirus).
Ashwagandha Cacao Drink
This is named after an ayurvedic medicinal herb that hails from India. You can learn more about the health benefits here. It is a bit costly, so if you want to opt-out in using so, it's totally fine. This is just a really fancy acquired tasting hot chocolate.
You will need:
- Mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder aka chocolate powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt (regular salt is fine if you don't have)
- A jar with a lid
- 1 cup plant-based milk (oat, almond, soy, coconut or whatever you have)
Optional ingredients (I only say this because depending on where you are, it might be hard to get these:
- 2 teaspoons dried ashwagandha
- 1 tablespoon dried shatavari
- 1 whole star anise
What to do:
- Mix all dry ingredients into the bowl then put contents into the jar and seal the lid.
- Boil the milk and add 1 tablespoon of the mixture and stir for 3 mins. Allow the mixture to cool and add sugar, maple syrup, agave, honey, whatever sweetener you want and drink.
- Keep the rest of the dry ingredients for the next time you want to enjoy the cacao drink.
Now that you know a little bit of the goddess Ostara and how she influenced the spring equinox and easter, you can bring out the god/goddess in you by giving yourself a makeover this season! Ask yourself what no longer serves a purpose, what dreams you can abandon because of stagnation, what can you get rid of or what is getting in the way of your reality, what are some feelings holding you down? Be ready to let go, step forward to new beginnings and never look back.
Forever Namaste, L+M+A
1001 Spells by Cassandra Eason
Witchery by Juliet Diaz
Please practice safely + responsibly. Be mindful of your surroundings. Do not harm yourself + other living + non-living beings. Be kind to Mother Earth as she safeguards our items after use. Most of all, believe in yourself + have faith that your energy will manifest what you truly desire.