Vernal Equinox (Ostara) 2017

On the occasion of the Vernal Equinox, merry meet!

This sabbat gives us an opportunity to celebrate beginnings, breakthrough, and regeneration.

As the liturgical season of spring reaches its height, flora and fauna around us come forth from their dormancy into renewed life. Each lengthening day brings new births and new germinations, and all of Nature’s Creation shows how from every death and burial of the fruits of the past grows the seedlings that will yield the harvests of the future. Accordingly, may our efforts in the past half of the year to cast off and away the accumulated hindrances to our spiritual development now sustain the spiritual seeds we have planted and enable our whole selves to undergo regeneration.

Meanwhile, temperatures continue to rise, and for many of us, snow that blanketed the ground in whiteness melts away. May we, therefore, remember that every cold winter leads into the warming fullness of spring so that we might show resilience through periods of difficulty, which are necessary precursors to breakthrough for our selves, our communities, and the whole world.

Finally, at the point in the solar year when the light of day equals, then exceeds, the dark of night, we enter a new and distinct semiannual period. As we cross this threshold, we have a special opportunity to begin in earnest the process of transformation upon which we resolved when liturgical spring began a few short weeks ago.

Merry part, and blessed be.