Ostara, or Eostre, is the Germanic Goddess of the Dawn who is associated with spring and the Spring Equinox. This connection is made through the early English Christian monk Bede (673 – 735). It is believed that the naming of the Christian holy day, Easter, comes from that source. (John Beckett)
Today, I honor the Spring (Vernal) Equinox with a haiku written from the view outside my window this morning.
“The word “vesna” is still the poetic word for “spring” in the Slovene language, as well as Czech and Slovak. In Russian, Polish, Ukrainian and Belarusian languages vesna/wiosna is the actual word for spring. The month February is sometimes named vesnar in Slovene language. In Serbian, the word vesnik is used to denote someone who heralds or brings about springtime.”
“In Slovene mythology, the beautiful women called “vesnas” lived in palaces atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and of human inhabitants. A magical circle around their palaces kept them from leaving the mountain top except during February, when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valleybelow. Only certain people were capable of hearing them singing. People who snuck up to their mountain palaces might learn their fates, but risked an unpleasant end if they were caught by the vesnas.“
Honoring the First Day of Spring
Praise Vesna the Slavic Goddess of Spring and fertility, who declares victory over the cold of winter, by bringing forth new life this day, and returning the light from the dark past of winter's inhospitable chill. Exalt the Vernal Equinox on this full moon night, with chanting and dancing as we carry clay birds adorned with brightly colored flowers to bless our fields in your ethereal glow. All hail, Vesna The patron of new life.