Spring Equinox, Mark of Transition

Altar of Ostara

The transition is visible now, from the inertia of winter to the aliveness of summer. The torrential rains and gusty winds that uproot old, weak plant life and unsettle the wildlife, remove what is dead weight and restores balance, allowing for new, stronger, more adaptable life to grow. It happens every year.

The last flooding rain we had chased some rabbits out of the woods up into the covenstead’s yard, the only higher ground available. Their alertness and will to survive motivated them to act quickly. They zig-zagged back and forth across our yard, frantic for a place to feel safe. They soon took refuge in the garden and under our shrubs until the water subsided. Being without shelter put them at risk of being injured, killed or eaten. Was this the end of the world for them as they knew it?

Maybe, in rabbit society, there are prophesies and legends of the end of “Rabbit World,” with one disaster after another, forcing rabbits everywhere to abandon everything they know and love. Will rabbits as a species continue into the summer or is this it?

We can look back on that event, as ones outside their life or death struggle and say, “The violent weather is just the transition between seasons. They’ll be alright, they’ll learn to adapt. They will find different places to live, look for new sources of food, start new lives. It is not the end of the world.”

We know our world is set in a pattern of as above, so below. The gusty winds of dissent and the torrential rains of economic bad news have uprooted some of us and threatened the rest of us with having to change how we live or else.

We can look at this and say, “The violent political weather is just the transition between ages of human existence. We’ll be alright, we’ll learn to adapt. It is not the end of the world. If we must leave our homes, we’ll find different ones. If our food sources are no more, we’ll find other sources. We will start our lives anew. It is not the end of the world.”

Hoarding material things that we think we cannot live without will not help us during transitions such as these. Hoarding just weighs us down and clinging prevents us from moving forward. Becoming flexible and skillful, creative and adventurous, courageous and confident and most importantly, trusting in our spiritual connections is what will get us through, what will help us humans to evolve.

©Lady Bona Dea Lyonesse 2009


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