from our board member, The Rev. Tanya April-Trzeciak
Ostara is the Latin name for the Saxon spring goddess, Eostre. Her counterpart in ancient Greece was Eros, also called Aurora. The vernal equinox is a time of balance when day and night are equal. It is a day to celebrate both the earth and the sun. Our ancestors included the symbolic union of the god and goddess in their rituals and honored the balance of all things; male and female, spiritual and physical. In Celtic Cornwall and Wales, Ostara was called Lady Day and celebrated the return of the goddess after her winter hibernation.
In the maiden-mother-crone cycle of the goddess and the season, the maiden phase is now unfolding as the earth renews herself. Signs of renewing life can be seen everywhere as snowdrops and crocuses emerge and trees come into leaf. The season brings freshness into our lives and new perspectives as we shed heavy winter clothes and feel the warmth of the sun on our bodies.
This is the time of spring’s return. The seed time, the joyful time, the time when life bursts from the womb of the earth breaking the shackles of winter. The time of balance when night and day, light and dark, are equal. Now is the time when the Prince of Light, born of the winter solstice, meets the Dark Maiden, who returns from the underworld. As they dance, flowers appear and warm sunlight makes the earth green.
Cranberry Circle CUUPS celebrates Ostara by performing a seed blessing and an indoor planting ritual. We decorate eggs after our ritual and consecrate them to the Goddess of Spring and the ever-returning God of the Sun. “New life lies within this egg as new life enters the soil. Let those who seek life find it.” Our altar is decorated with all the symbols of spring fertility…eggs, rabbits, flowers and seeds.
Cranberry Circle Covenant of Unitarian Universalists (CUUPS) will be celebrating Ostara on March 21 in the church hall at 7:00 P.M. of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, MA 25 S. Main St. Middleboro. ALL ARE WELCOME.