Blessed Ostara (Eostre)

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.

Image by Vinson Tan ( 楊 祖 武 ) from Pixabay
Dawn pinked sky glints
over barren tree silhouettes
robin song greets spring

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

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“Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree

For my poetry challenge this week, I chose the words, Vernal Equinox for spring, and chant(ing) for sing. Considering we also have a full moon tonight, I can’t wait to see what blows in on the wind.

To celebrate this first day of spring, I’d like to introduce you to the Slavic Goddess, Vesna. I wrote an article about her on the Sisters of the Fey blog. You can read it HERE.

Wikipedia.com shares:

“The word “vesna” is still the poetic word for “spring” in the Slovene language,[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Vesna, Slavic Goddess of Spring

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.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro
Happy Spring! Loving my unicorn time! ❤