What Are You Giving Birth To?

Ostara by Helena Nelson ReedNow that spring is here, the time of birth and rebirth, it's a good time to consider what new ideas, projects, aspects or changes we want to bring about. And as we ask that question, we may want to consider what do we want to throw out? What no longer serves us and needs to be cast into the fire to be transformed through the alchemy of consciousness? For me, I want to birth a more playful artist aspect as I embark on a project about goddesses that I will be giving birth to soon. I have enjoyed working with goddess energy and reading up on it so much that I want to create a guide that everyone can use to access the goddess archetype, explore the inner goddess aspects, connect with the divine feminine, and manifest this in the world. To do this, I feel I need to enter into this creative world playfully and have fun with it. I am calling forth my inner Magician as well, the archetype that has come up for me most in the past year. So I have made SoulCollage® cards for both, as you can see below.

Ostara is a spring goddess from the Anglo Saxon/Germanic tradition from whence the word Easter comes. Ostara is a fertility goddess and a moon goddess, and her totem is the March hare. She symbolizes a fresh start, new birth, or rebirth. The maiden in us comes forth now (Catch you later, Crone). She is also associated with the Spring Equinox, when the length of days and nights are equal. I love this shamanic depiction of her by artist Helena Nelson-Reed. She is not a goddess we hear much about but she evokes springtime ritual, love of nature, and rolling in the grass. All things I want to revel in right now.

If you live in the Raleigh area, and want to learn about SoulCollage®, I'm teaching a "playshop" on April 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. See tab above for more details. Come celebrate spring and join me in giving birth to (or rebirthing) the playful, inner child artist.