“At the Winter Solstice, the sun is reborn; at Ostara, the earth is reborn. All life awakens as the days grow longer.”*
Many of us grew up painting Easter eggs, and in fact the smell of vinegar is still kind of a warm fuzzy childhood memory for me. These days, lots of folks are experimenting with dying their eggs naturally and growing wheatgrass baskets, which I just love.
Those of us with a Pagan or Goddess-oriented worldview are more likely to celebrate Spring Equinox (Ostara) than Easter. (Easter is still dated by the old lunar calendar — the date is different every year because it’s always the first Sunday after the first full moon after Spring Equinox. Gotta love it.)
Eostre, or Ostara, was the Saxon personification of dawn and spring. Her name is related to estrus, that time of heightened fertility when animals are in heat, and also to the women’s hormone estrogen. Fertility anyone? The word Eostre is also rooted in the German word ostern, indicating an eastern direction and the dawn.
Eggs, of course, are a potent symbol of new life and fertility, and remind us of the cosmic egg of creation. Perhaps more significantly, eggs were an important food in early spring to our ancestors. The first eggs of the year (whether laid by domestic birds or foraged from wild nests) were most welcome when winter stores of other foods were running low. Eggs, then, literally meant new life.
Tarot Spread for Ostara: Painting Egg-Shaped Dreams
In the Gaian Tarot Four of Air, the four eggs could represent the four directions and the four elements. They could represent four dreams, or four aspects of one dream.
Consider the dreams and aspirations you have this Spring, and pull a card for each of the following questions:
1. How can I paint an egg-dream with Air (thought, ideas, meditation)? See the Ace of Air for ideas.
2. How can I paint an egg-dream with Fire (creativity, passion, energy)? See the Ace of Fire for inspiration.
3. How can I paint an egg-dream with Water (compassion, dreams, mysticism)? See the Ace of Water for intuition.
4. How can I paint an egg-dream with Earth (groundedness, roots, manifestation)? See the Ace of Earth for ways to make your dreams tangible.
5. Pull one more card to answer: What is the most important thing I need to know about hatching these new egg-dreams of Spring?