Today is the Spring Equinox, symbolic of balance and rebirth, themes that seem even more important as we grapple with the rapid changes that COVID-19 is bringing to our world. Anyway, after my morning meditation and journal writing, I read a short essay entitled “Ostara and Temperance” published in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020, and figured I would share part of it in today’s post.
At Ostara, the Goddess returns from the underworld, bringing with her a celebration of miracles, spring, new life, and balance. The Temperance tarot card beautifully represents these themes. Birth is considered a kind of miracle, a mixing of life and death (for the minute anything is born, it begins to die) that creates our experience on this planet. The angel in Temperance holds two cups, their liquid blending at a scientifically impossible angle, representing an alchemical mystery. Although equinoxes represent balance, and at this time life and light are becoming stronger than death and darkness, each equinox contains the seed of its opposite. Like an eggshell—which is strong enough to protect new life but at the right moment is weak enough to be broken through—something is destroyed and the old existence of the newly born creature dies.
For me, it is evident that our old way of life has cracked like a fragile eggshell, and is dying to make way for something new. It is a scary time, because all birth and all things new are scary. None of us can envision what our new world will look like. But clearly, our consumer-driven capitalist society is the thing that is actually dying right now as a result of this virus. That said, we all have a role in manifesting what will rise from these ashes. It is crucial that we nurture the new growth, and not let fear and self-centeredness dictate our actions in the coming days.
Have a blessed Equinox, and may you be a conscious participant in the change to come.
6 responses to “Spring Equinox: Ostara and Temperance”
Oh, we lack temperance now – everything is so extreme! I love this card. Healing the polarities seems like the most important task right now.
Have a blessed Equinox, Jeff!
I could not agree more. And yes, this is a powerful card symbolically, since it depicts a balance of all the elements, showing how everything is connected and in harmony. It is only our perceptions that become out of balance. Thanks for commenting, and may you have a blessed Equinox also.
Thanks, Jeff. Happy Spring to you, too. I had it wrong on my calendar (thought it was tomorrow) 😉
I think it is different because this is a leap year 🙂
Keep reading and Posting Jeff. We’re here to read your writings. Keep doing what your doing my friend!
Thanks Derek. Have to hold on to what’s important.