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Tarot Blog Hop for Ostara: Painting Egg-Shaped Dreams for Spring

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From "Folk Tales Children Love" by Watty Piper, 1932

From "Folk Tales Children Love" by Watty Piper, 1932

(This post is part of the Tarot Blog Hop for Ostara — hop backwards to a post by Morgan Drake Eckstein, and forward to a post by the lovely Donnaleigh de la Rose.)

“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.)

Lady Spring

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

So, this Spring Equinox, we might ask ourselves:  What new eggs am I hatching as Lady Spring arrives? (The eggs are symbolic of our dreams, aspirations, goals or ideas.)

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?

 Share your readings in the comments, if you like!

*Starhawk, Diane Baker & Anne Hill, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions

(This post is part of the Tarot Blog Hop for Ostara — hop backwards to a post by Morgan, and forward to a post by the lovely Donnaleigh de la Rose.)

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Carolyn Cushing Mon - Mar 19th 2012 7:46 am

    Did you plan the 4 eggs to correspond to the 4 elements … or are you retroactively brilliant :)?

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 7:49 am

      You are funny, Carolyn! No I didn’t plan the eggs according to the 4 elements, but of course I was thinking of the number 4 with all its permutations and manifestations . . . and of course the elements are part of that. 🙂

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  • Donna L. Faber Mon - Mar 19th 2012 7:53 am

    Lovely post, lovely deck … I’m having such a wonderful time seeing how each of us in the Hop interprets the topic. Happy Spring!

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 2:52 pm

      Thanks Donna! I love seeing all the interpretations too. 🙂

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  • ArtL8dY Mon - Mar 19th 2012 8:07 am

    Have you been visiting the Decorak Eagles?
    http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 2:52 pm

      I have visited them once or twice. Very exciting to watch!

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  • Jordan Hoggard Mon - Mar 19th 2012 8:52 am

    “Let us go into the woods. Perhaps Spring is there.” Such a wonderful way to begin . . .
    Painting an Egg-Dream with Fire ~
    ~ 2 of Cups, energizing heart’s desire, expressions, satisfaction
    Painting an Egg-Dream with Air ~
    ~ 8 of Cups, communicating settled and full inner emotions
    Painting an Egg-Dream with Water ~
    ~ 7 of Swords, fluid fluency swim-stepping to flow around sneaky things that hide in plain sight. Mantra of still water running deep brought to the surface.
    Painting an Egg-Dream with Earth ~
    ~ 9 of Cups, solid spirit, blossoms, blooms. Embrace Spring.
    Most Important Dream-Hatcher (mucho better than dream catcher 😉 )~ The Sun, Go figure. 🙂 Self, return, and bright success nestle-warm to best hatch the best laid eggs of mice and . . . acknowledging Self, return, and bright success hatch from and are as well the best Dream-Hatchers.

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 3:00 pm

      Love your reading, Jordan. Especially how the 4 “eggs” are all minors, and 3 out of 4 are cups, waters/emotion/heart-opening – and the one Air card is in a watery position! . . . and the most important thing is the Sun! Warming those egg-dreams right up 🙂 Nice. What *are* you cookin’ up?

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  • Zanna Starr Mon - Mar 19th 2012 9:23 am

    What a charming post for Ostara! I adore the Gaian Tarot 4 of Air, and I’m eager to try the spread!

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 2:58 pm

      Thank you Zanna! Your spread is actually very similar to mine, don’t you think? And I love it that you used the Gaian cards on your post. Blessings to you!

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  • Arwen Mon - Mar 19th 2012 11:57 am

    Brilliant! And I love this idea of hatching new dreams this Spring. Seems I due for a few.

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 2:56 pm

      I agree with you there, Arwen! Looking forward to hearing about your new dreams and watching them manifest. I’m sure they will involve seeking joy!

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  • Donnaleigh Mon - Mar 19th 2012 12:39 pm

    what a PERFECT card to connect to this blog! Perfect!

    Great idea for a spread! Clever!

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 2:56 pm

      Thank you, Donnaleigh. It was kind of a no-brainer. Ostara = eggs = 4 of Air! 🙂

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  • Amanda Donnelly Mon - Mar 19th 2012 6:12 pm

    What a charming post! Love those eggs, so symbolic. I am bookmarking this to revisit when I am ready to read on those questions. Thank you!

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    • Joanna Mon - Mar 19th 2012 8:10 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Heading over to your post now. 🙂

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