Unlocking Traditions: Ostara


That’s what I exclaimed this morning when my kid asked “What’s Ostara?”

I have this sense of hope I haven’t truly felt I was living in for, hmm, I’d guess about a year?

I don’t know what it is.

I mean, I do.

It’s the daily pictures of people I actually know holding up their beautiful vaccination cards.

It’s the fact that my mom and brother are both halfway to fully vaccinated.

It’s the fact that I can see an actual numerical decline, that blessed blessed plateau we’ve all been hoping for.

It’s the fact that my vaccine date, while not scheduled, isn’t too far away. That I can see a version of life that I can take my daughter out into around a real corner.

And it’s so fitting to feel all of that with the birth of spring.

We had a brunch and an easy Saturday. We ignored a few chores and I wrapped my almost thirteen year old’s birthday presents.

We’re finding that celebrating a holiday doesn’t have to be a show. It just has to be what we want it to be. And this weekend is all about hope, good food, and time.

Don’t wish away time. That’s what I keep saying to my near teen. Don’t wish these moments away.

They’re too precious.

The Wheel of The Year turns once more,

and the vernal equinox arrives,

Light and dark are qual,

and the soil begins to change.

The earth awakes from its slumber,

and new life springs forth once more.

The sun draws ever closer to us,

greeting the earth with its welcoming rays.

Light and dark are equal,

and the sky fills with light and warmth.

The sun warms the land beneath our feet,

and gives life to all in its path.

Spring has come! For this, we are thankful!

the Divine is present all around,

in the cool fall of a rain storm,

in the tiny buds of a flower,

in the down of a newborn chick,

in the fertile fields waiting to be planted,

in the sky above us,

and in the earth below us.

We thank the universe for all it has to offer us,

and are so blessed to be alive on this day,

Welcome, life! Welcome, light! Welcome, Spring!

The Menu

Pan Fried Ham Steaks

Roasted Asparagus

Some simple Welsh Rarebit on Toast

Scrambled Eggs

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