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Ostara - Journey Through the Wheel of the Year

Ashley Krout, Making Magic Simple and Powerful

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9 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction to Ostara

      1:19
    • 2. The History and Significance of Ostara

      3:05
    • 3. Osiris, king of the Egyptian gods

      1:32
    • 4. Magical Correspondences

      1:14
    • 5. Ways to Celebrate Ostara

      1:21
    • 6. An Altar to Honor Freya

      2:25
    • 7. Inner Work and Journal Prompts

      1:25
    • 8. Meditation for Guidance From Higher Self

      6:30
    • 9. Thank You!

      0:44

About This Class

Ostara is a pagan sabbat (a sabbat is a holiday) that celebrates the arrival of spring. By the time Ostara arrives, the earth has started waking up. It’s a time of rebirth, growth, and renewal. Depending upon where you live, flowers might be popping up out of the ground and the earth has begun waking up.

The seasons correspond to different parts of our growth so even if the weather doesn’t match spring, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work.

With the Journey Through the Wheel of the Year Series, my intention is to breakdown the sabbats so you can implement them into your life without overwhelm.

Each year you can dive into the celebrations more deeply, but in the beginning, these classes can help you know where to start!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The history and significance of Ostara
  • Misconceptions surrounding this sabbat
  • A quick story about Osiris, king of the Egyptian gods
  • The magical correspondences associated with Ostara
  • A list of ways to celebrate spring
  • How to make an altar honor Freya, the goddess of fertility
  • How to do inner work with several journal prompts and a beautiful coloring page
  • How to receive guidance from your higher self through an enchanting meditation

The class handbook and coloring page are located in the files section of the Class Project.

Transcripts

1. Introduction to Ostara: Hi, I'm Ashleigh from relaxed magic dot com Welcome to my class about Custora. Oh, star A. It is a pagan Sabit that celebrates the arrival of spring. By the time most are arrives, the Earth has started waking up. It's a time of rebirth, of growth and renewal. Depending on where you live, flowers might be popping up out of the ground. The seasons correspond to different parts of our growth. So even if the weather around you doesn't match early spring, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work. In this class, you'll learn the history and significance of Oh, Stora Misconceptions surrounding this Sabbath. A quick story about Oh Cyrus, the king of the Egyptian gods, the magical correspondences associated with Host Ara. A list of ways to celebrate spring how to make an altar to honor Freya, the goddess of fertility. How did you inner work with several journal prompts and a beautiful coloring page, and how to receive guidance from your higher self with an enchanting meditation? My intention is to break down the SAB. It's so you can implement them into your life without any overwhelm. Each year you can dive into the celebrations and these teachings more deeply. But in the beginning, these classes can help you know where to start. In the next video, I'll cover the history and significance of Oh, Stora. 2. The History and Significance of Ostara: most are is of Germanic origins, but its history is debatable. Before we dive into more about the significance and back story, I want to point out that it's okay if you resonate with a different version or if there's a different history that you feel is more significant to your personal practice. Stories and traditions evolve over time, making it impossible to state that something is an absolute truth. This is why I encourage you to learn what you can and then apply it in a way that it fits best your own life. My goal with this class is to present the facts I was able to find while being transparent about the parts that might be passed down as fact, but that there isn't any actual historical evidence behind it. Being true, there are many unverifiable claims that most are a is a celebration of the goddess Esther. Realistically, it's assumed that only a small Germanic tribe worshipped her, and there was a misunderstanding in the 18 hundreds that led to today's confusion surrounding her and everything about her. It's a really interesting topic if you choose to research it further, and there's a lot of information out there about how it's a misconception. I think there is more information about how to misconception than there is about her as a goddess. Specifically, there is also a belief that Ishtar is associated with Easter and estara beyond a similarity in name. There's not a whole lot of connection between her and this time of year once you go back beyond modern teachings, even though there are a lot of misconceptions about what its specific origin is, most cultures have a goddess or figure that represents spring rebirth and renewal that are easier to find. Teachings on this includes Freya and Norse mythology. Civilly, the mother goddess of Rome, a saucy are from the Ashanti people in Ghana, Oh Cyrus, the king of the Egyptian gods and the Hindu goddess Saraswati. I'll be focusing on Oh Cyrus in the next video because he has a great story about rebirth. The purpose of a star is to celebrate the arrival of spring, and this is a common thing amongst all traditional cultures, as they were more tuned into the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons within the wheel of the year in bulk, which we celebrated in February was a reminder that spring was coming and that it was on the horizon and it was just around the corner. And oh, star is a celebration that spring has arrived. This is a Germanic Sabit and Celtic people did not formally celebrate the holiday, similar to how we celebrate Oh star and now. So it's a little bit of a combination of different traditions. And while there isn't a historical tied to using symbols of fertility like rabbits and eggs , I will include those in this class because they are a very visual representation of fertility and newness. In the following videos, we'll dive into simple but powerful ways you can honor this season and your own growth. 3. Osiris, king of the Egyptian gods: Oh, Cyrus is the king of the Egyptian gods and is said to be the first pharaoh. There are many different versions of his story, but the main themes are the same. Throw all of them. He is credited with bringing civilization, agriculture and farming to the Egyptian people. His younger brother set was jealous of him and Kildow Cyrus Oh, Cyrus's twin sister and lover. Isis resurrected him, and his rebirth is associated with the Nile River and the abundance it brought to the Egyptian people. Ultimately, it was a story of harmony, peace, renewal, abundance and gratitude sets part serves as a reminder for us to cultivate gratitude and not harbor resentments. If a God can fall victim to this, it's even more important for us as humans to be aware and practicing gratitude for what we do have, as we talked about in the previous videos. Most cultures have a deity or figure associated with spring and rebirth. For the sake of not creating an overwhelming summary of all of them. I encourage you to research the ones mentioned in the last video and listen to your inner guidance about which one resonates the most with you in the video coming up about setting up an altar, I chose to honor the goddess Freya. You don't have to choose a deity toe honor to celebrate. Oh, star, though. So when you're making your alter, you could choose to honor spring or renewal or rebirth instead, in the next video, we'll go over some of the common correspondences associated with host Ara. 4. Magical Correspondences: Oh, star is centered around welcoming in the newness of spring. The fertility of the land and the correspondences associated with it reflect this newness and abundance of life. So for animals, there's butterflies, chicks, birds like robins, lambs. For foods, there's chocolate or creamy foods like custard and other dairy products, even including cheese, dandelion greens, edible flowers, eggs, fish seems like some flour and pumpkin. All of those air associated with host ara colors that represent longer days. Sunshine, new growth and blooming are associated with host our A, and that's colors like green, white, yellow and other pastels. For gemstones, there's AM a fist moonstone, rose quartz, aqua marine and for herbs and oils. There's any budding flowers, lavender rose, jasmine, sage and ginger, so you might notice a lot of those air really calming. And then Ginger is really invigorating, so it's kind of just bringing him is joining us and hopefulness for spring. So the next video we'll go over ways you can celebrate estara 5. Ways to Celebrate Ostara: my first hip for celebrating. Oh star is to celebrate all month. This doesn't have to be a one day and done Sabit revel in that energy of lungs you can. I mean, spring is here. It feels great after winter Plant seeds outdoors If you started any seeds indoors at M book , depending on your weather, this could be a great time to get them planted in the ground outside. Another way is to die or decorate eggs, which is a great activity to do with kids and something most people do around Easter. Anyway. You could open the windows and doors and let the sunlight and fresh air and get that energy . Start up in your house. Put on some music to get your vibration high and just dance around the house. Begin a new project. Utilize this time of rebirth to bring something new into the world. You could go on a walk and enjoy nature. My favorite site is all trails dot com. It shows different trails in your area and different levels of difficulty and is really great resource. You could learn how to make paper to use for future spells, and this would allow you to infuse your energy into every step of the process. On my last tip for celebrating All Star is to look for ways to appreciate the feeling of renewal within you and all around you and the next video, I'll show you the altar I set up for Fria. 6. An Altar to Honor Freya: among many other titles. Freya is the goddess of fertility. To celebrate eStara and draw infertile energy for my upcoming projects, I'm going to create an altar honoring the goddess Freya. I like to incorporate the four elements into each altar. So for fire, I'll be using a white candle and a gold holder. And for Earth, I'll be using this big chunk of floor right for water. I'll be using strawberries. Strawberries are associated with Freya Fertility and the dedication to stick with projects until they're done, which is what I really need for air. I'll be using this figure that I found it a thrift store. Why is associated with spirit and air? And this made in just gives off a fresh spring vibe to me. She's got these this bouquet of flowers and she just looked so pure and fresh. So when you're creating an altar, you can set everything up in whatever way you would like. This is gonna be a little bit hard from the angle I'm at. But if I were doing this, I would probably set up something kind of like this, and you can put things in a circle they don't have to be in a circle. It literally is. However, it feels good to you because you need something that when you look at it, you're reminded to draw in the energies that you have set the intentions for ladies back out So you guys can see him a little bit easier. Once this altar is fully set up, all meditate in front of it while holding my intentions for what I'd like to harvest later in the year. The journal prompts of meditation following this video will help you figure out what you'd like to work on during this time. Freya is also a love goddess, which means she appreciates beauty. If you choose to use fresh items like strawberries or flowers, make sure to dispose of them before they begin to rot. Disposing of them commune, returning them to the earth, burying them in your garden or compost. Or, in the case of strawberries, I actually suggest eating them. After meditating in front of them, they'll be imbued with your energy and intentions, and ingesting them is a powerful way to seal your resolve. In the next video, I'll share some journal prompts that can help you with inner growth. During this time 7. Inner Work and Journal Prompts: oh started presents us with a special timeto welcome in a refreshing energy while reviewing the seeds we planted during in bulk. If you haven't gone through my class on in bulk, don't worry. These questions can be applied to your New Year's resolutions or any goals, wishes, hopes or dreams you have for the future and the Class Project section. There's a pdf with a few questions to get you started, along with a beautiful coloring page filled with flowers that reminds me of the hope of spring. You can even include the coloring page in your alter if you'd like. So the questions include What seeds have you planted this year? Do these goals still line up with where you'd like to be during harvest season? What resistance have you felt or encountered in your pursuit of these plans? How will you overcome these obstacles? What lessons did you learn during winter? What are you grateful for? Right about what you'd like your life to look like and how you got there as if it has already happened. This is a really powerful exercise to show your mind what you want, and it can even help certain blocks come up that you can then work through. The next video is a meditation to do any time during this spring season. If you have a hard time answering the journal prompts, listen to the meditation and come back to the questions again later. 8. Meditation for Guidance From Higher Self: get into a comfortable position. Begin breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Gently close. Breathe. Visualize ball of light, your heart center with each inhale and each exhale. This'll. Light grows larger and larger, first encompassing your whole body, then filling the room you're in. Then filling your house, your city state your country with one more deep breath. It expands to cover the entire. You are safe, protected and part of the entire ecosystem of life. Within this light, everything is connected and you are connected to everything. Door appears before you open it. Now, as you continue breathing deeply on the other side of the door, you find a narrow pathway fenced with thick hedges. Follow along this path until you come to an archway covered in roses and jasmine. Inhale their intoxicating fragrance as you stand under their vibrant blossoms. Keep inhaling and exhaling as you look forward and see the most beautiful, lush garden you've ever witnessed. Birds quietly chirp around you, singing their excitement for spring. Feel the one of excitement growing with find a plush patch of grass to sit comfortably. Continue inhaling and exhaling sunlight warms your shoulders and your mind settled. My voice will go away for about a minute, allowing you to contemplate what you're grateful for. Let the things you're grateful for full in and out of your thoughts. Embrace the feelings that come along with gratitude. Flood your body fully, allowing yourself Teoh. - Continue holding onto this feeling of gratitude within you, making sure to continue breathing and out. No, I'd like you to visualize your higher self walking up. Teoh. This'd the most evolved form of yourself on a source of guidance. Sit with your higher self for a moment while my voice goes away again. Either communicate were exchanged feelings and listen for a response or return feeling during this time way. - Thank your higher self for providing insight and for showing up for you today. Even if you didn't receive any messages right now, you might later in a dream or through a moment of synchronicity. Later. Trust that you'll receive guidance when you're ready and the timing is right. Take another deep breath as you stand up and begin walking back to the rose and jasmine archway. Pause for a second to take in the beauty around you on, then walk back down the hedged pathway to the door with your room on the other side. Once you get to the door, open it on. Enter the room. You began this journey in. Wiggle your fingers. Wiggle your toes. Gently open your eyes. 9. Thank You!: I want to thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your magical journey. As a reminder of this class was simply an introduction to estara with such a long history. There are so many ways this Sabah has been celebrated over the years that I didn't cover here. My intention with this class and with all of my classes was to break it down in a way that allows you to easily incorporate it into your life without any overwhelm. Year after year, you can dive into these teachings on the celebrations a little more deeply if you choose to . But in the beginning, these classes can help. You know where to start. The next holiday will cover is Beltane which occurs on May Eve. I hope to see you in that class is well. Thank you.