March 19, 2024
Spring – The Witch’s New Year
March 19, 2024
Spring – The Witch’s New Year
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Why is Spring called the witch’s new year?

This spring equinox is known to witches as Ostara, also known as Eostre.

Ostara is the goddess of new beginnings & fertility. She is represented by bunnies, eggs, and flowers.

Hence the reason we see all of those things this time of year, and many religions have rebirth themes/rituals at the start of Spring.

It’s also where the word East & Easter comes from!

It’s for everyone

If you are a human, you can celebrate the earth & nature based holidays.

You don’t need to earn the right, or have to know it all.

Rituals and traditions can be formal (these are the tools, the steps, etc. ) or informal (let’s be loose about the format) – the idea is to make them feel relevant, meaningful and fun to YOU!

It makes sense that spring, a time of sprouting seeds & renewal, would be a time to celebrate a ‘new year’ or at the very least be ready to put into place some new intentions.

With the increase in daylight & solar energy, there is a natural upsurge of energy to implement.

We’ve also made it through the rest & hibernation of winter, and this is an important time of year to put things into action.

Time for Action

In Ayurveda, we are in Kapha season. Kapha can feel heavy, stuck, lethargic when imbalanced. To balance that energy, we need lightness & movement.

If we don’t take some initiative on what is best for us by getting clear on how we most want to feel in life, and then the routines and practices that can get us there, often we end up feeling even more stuck, depressed or lethargic, or lacking purpose, motivation, or feeling connected to something bigger than the day to day.

Ways to celebrate & honor this energy:

create intentional time for ritual – closing the energy of winter with gratitude & reflection; & spend time noticing how you are most wanting to feel moving forward, make a practice of envisioning and embodying it now

smudge yourself & your home to clear away old energy

practice somatic releases & balancing yoga or meditation classes/postures (the equinox is when day/night are balanced so we invite that in through our practices)

support the liver & gall bladder to help your body cleanse away old toxins and waste (think dandelion roots tea, bitters, acupuncture, spring greens)

plant flowers or work in your garden

make plant based (or not) dye for eggs, to represent renewal

do spring cleaning to declutter your space and make room for fresh, new energy to come!

So now you have some new ideas & inspiration for how tuse the energy energy of this year to work for you. Because that sunshine is here and it feels so good!

Setting new intentions can be a very simple, or very elaborate practice. It’s up to you! 

But it’s worth tuning in so we can be efficient with our precious energy and make sure it’s serving us instead of constantly draining us!

Whether you join me for an in person Spring Equinox workshop, or perform your own ritual to celebrate this seasonal shift, know that the more we honor ourselves & celebrate what we have, the better stewards we can be of this earth.

Let’s also remember not to take ourselves or any of our spiritual practices too seriously. 

They are meant to be light & fun, to balance also being deep & important.

Happy Ostara blessings! 🐣 

 

Come celebreate the witch’s new year – the time to set intentions, and feel your energy grow & expand. Enjoy a yin yoga class geared towards supporting and cleansing the liver & gallbladder, the organs associated with Spring energy. Followed by a cacao ceremony to connect & set beautiful intentions for the sunny months ahead.

Date: Saturday, March 23 | 1-3 pm 

Location: Your Yoga in downtown Bozeman

The other night, just before bed, right when I was hoping to have a little bit of space and time for myself, my daughter came out of her room and was pretty upset, and offloaded all the things that were majorly stressing her out. From overhearing about a pilot dying from a local wildfire, to friendship and social dynamics, and a petty crime that happened to our friends.

She needed to offload majorly. And as much as my own nervous system was needing some time for myself, my heart cracked a bit wide-open for her. I could tell it was an important parenting moment to show up for her, to remind her what’s hers to carry, and know how to not hold it all in our bodies and systems.

I’ve been there before. I know how we can put all of our anxieties and worries at bay until just before bed, or while we’re sleeping, and they want to creep in and finally have a space to process when we’re in a safe space.

That processing space is so fundamental to our health and if we push it aside, it will only grow into a mighty roar. And can eventually grow so much and a part of us that we don’t even know what it is to feel safe and calm in our bodies.

The very first thing I made sure to emphasize to her is that right here right now, we are safe.

We are safe.

In this house, in this moment, all our needs are provided for, and we are safe. We talked through the other anxieties and I let her know that our friends are safe and that they are OK too. I saw her nod and instantly start to feel better.

I also shared how we are exposed nowadays to more in one year than our great grandmothers were in their entire lifetimes.

That’s it’s easy to feel overly responsible for a lot of it (and it’s good to care), but that it’s important we don’t carry it all, all the time and we have to find ways to release the heaviness and the worry.

I could feel her whole system take that in and begin to release.

A couple of days later, I was sharing this with a girlfriend, wondering if I shared too much with my daughter. I try to be pretty honest and not hide life and death and all in between, when it arises, and without going overboard (we don’t watch the news in my household but she still gets exposed to life). And my friend said, honestly, I wish someone had had that conversation with me when I was younger. I still need to have that conversation with myself.

What my work in this world really comes down to is helping us to feel safe & held within ourselves.

Once we have the inner resources to access a place of safety and calm within, we know it’s possible, we cannot only have deeply meaningful spiritual experiences,  but we can feel more joy, ease and contentment in our day-to-day. We can be better resourced to get through the shaky, the lows, the tense, the scary, the overwhelming.

And as we head into a year, that will be fraught with plenty of worry or anxiety over the state of the world & our country, it almost feels like a radical act to tend to ourselves deeply. But it is called upon as much as ever.

In the end, I’m so thankful that my daughter can come to me to share her grievances before she goes to bed. And I can help her learn how to regulate her nervous system, offload stress, and have tools for when the heaviness of the world feels so much.

And even though she doesn’t always want to listen to what I have to say, or use the tools I offer her, I know she’s learning and at least she has access to them. And hey, the next night she actually did a whole somatic nervous system offload practice with me and deeply enjoyed it! We just have to keep showing up for ourselves and know it’s benefitting all those in our world.

And let me end by sharing the words I shared with her – “Right here, right now – you are safe. Take in your home, know that your family is safe. Know that your home is safe and protected, you are cared for and in this moment: It’s OK to relax & let the rest go.

Sidenote: I know not everyone is safe and my heart breaks for them. But focusing on what’s out of our control, robbing our systems of nourishment, means we have less energy to show up and support those who need it the most. It’s not selfish to care for yourself knowing others suffer, it’s self – ish. It just means we’ll have more clarity, insight, and lasting energy to tend to those who can’t tend to themselves, and we’ll be pouring from a more overflowing cup instead of a drained and empty one.

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Jess with Cacao Ceremony

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