Reading for Ostara: What to leave in the dark, what to bring into the light

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Good afternoon, friends! Today is Ostara, the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox. There are many other names by which this time of year is celebrated elsewhere in the world, and we acknowledge them all. Yay! Persephone has made her way up from the darkness out into the light, and we celebrate. The birds seem to sing a little louder (although that could just be the 6:00 a.m. wake-up time talking), and the colors seem a little brighter. The days get longer, and we start to look at the projects we need to start (or get done). We look at the caves our lives have been during the winter, and we begin to see where we can clean up and make room for new growth.

With that in mind, today’s reading shows us what we should leave in the dark (the card on the left) and what we should bring forward into the light (the card on the right). It’s kind of funny that the card representing what to leave in the dark is The Sun reversed. We are being asked to leave our darkness behind us in the shadows. Let it go. You don’t need it any more. Let your words create goodness and light going forward, and leave all self-destructive talk behind you. We’re entering a period of power and manifestation coming up (so the astrologers say about April), and having negativity and unhealthy self-talk patterns hanging around is probably not a good thing. You’ve made it through the winter on the warm side of the grave, so rejoice! You’re still here, where there’s life and hope. The card representing what to bring forward is the Two of Pentacles/Disks. This is a time of dancing, but also of doing a delicate balancing act. You have a lot of balls in the air, and it may feel sometimes like you’re performing for a crowd while you try to get things done. It’s time to focus and pay attention to what you’re doing. Now is not the time to drift off and day-dream. You are being called on to strut your stuff a bit, so heads up!

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