The Wheel of the Year – Ostara – Spring Equinox

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Ostara – The Spring Equinox – March 20, 2013

Pisces New Moon – March 11, 2013

In Pagan times the Sabbats (from the Greek ‘sabatu’ meaning ‘to rest’.) were festivals honoring the growth cycle of crops – planting, tending, harvesting and allowing the land to rest.  They celebrated the path of the Sun from high in the sky and warm to low in the sky and cool – the seasons.  Many Pagans saw time as one eternal whole.  The god is born of the eternal goddess, dies, and is reborn.   A life well lived was lived in harmony and rhythm with these cycles.

It is thought the Sabbats have been celebrated in many places and in various forms for at least 12,000 years.  Some estimate much, much longer.  In modern times there are still those who follow the old Pagan ways.

With the advent of Christianity and the brutal persecution of any non-Christians, the pagans went into hiding which preserved the old ways.  Even many Christian holy-days are based on these ancient pagan rites.

The Spring Equinox – Ostara (o-STAHR -uh) – is March 20, 2013. The days and nights are equal – a magic time – the veils between the worlds are very thin.  To some this is considered the true beginning of the New Year.  The first day of Spring when the Sun moves from Pisces, the last sign of winter, into Aries, the first sign of Spring.  When light again triumphs over darkness.

All New Moons each month throughout the year are thought to be times of new beginnings.  This Pisces New Moon on March 11, 2013 is particularly powerful.  A New Moon happens when the Sun and the Moon are in the same sign of the zodiac. This year they are joined by five other planets in Pisces – an exceptional alignment.  This particular last New Moon of the astrological year is thought to open a huge celestial doorway into higher dimensional realms.  How far have you come?  Where do you want to go?

Pisces  represents the return to Source – it takes us into the transpersonal realms.  We realize we are multidimensional beings and that the gateway to higher dimensions is limitless, unconditional love.  Pisces takes us to our sixth sense, where mysticism and quantum physics meet.

In psychology Pisces represents the collective unconscious – the dream world – imagination – emotions.  Like a drop of water we eternally emerge and dissolve.

In our modern society we often deny the sacred and deify the material.  This can lead to addictions or escapism.  We can become victims, looking for someone or something to save us or care for us.  Or, we become rescuers, playing god instead of recognizing that everyone is God.  Deluded, distracted and exhausted by the over stimulation of modern life, we thirst for the divine, unable to see we are swimming in an ocean of unconditional love.

Turn inward.  Explore the Universe within.  Rest, reflect and remember “you are the Universe.”

This most powerful and sacred New Moon – days before the New Year – consider giving yourself a New Year’s gift.  Here are some suggestions:

A TV and/or news or other media fast – unplug for a while.  Spend time in nature. Silence. Gratitude. Dream. Art. Music. Dance. Journaling. Gardening. Healing work.  Do what you love.  Follow your intuition.  Meditate.  Give yourself a lot of ‘soul’ time.  Listen deeply to your heart.

Consider taking a moment to celebrate Ostara on March 20th or the Pisces New Moon on March 11th – times of new, powerful, magical beginnings.  What is beginning in your life?

Taken in part from Pisces New Moon by Stephanie Austin, The Mountain Astrologer, Feb/Mar 2013

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