Ostara marks a time of equilibrium, when night and day are at equal length. Not only is it a balance of light and dark, but of masculine and feminine, inner and outer, life and death, above and below. Ostara offers an opportunity for us to bring balance into our own lives.
As the dark half of the year gives way to the light, we can reflect on what is out of balance in our lives. Is there too much of something or not enough? Perhaps we need to let go of old beliefs or patterns that no longer serve us, or maybe there is something we would like to invite into our life. Look honestly at your life, and, if you are unhappy with what you see, now is the perfect opportunity to do something about it. What would you like to nurture and grow, what would you like to release or transform?
Ostara Balance Tarot Spread
Use this spread to clear out that which no longer serves you in order to invite in something new during this season of beginnings.
1 – What is it you wish to let go of?
2 – What can you realistically do about it?
3 – What outside influences are helping or hindering you?
4 – How can your Guides assist you?
5 – What do you want to bring into your life?
6 – How can your Guides assist you?
7 – What outside influences are helping or hindering you?
8 – What can you do to achieve the desired results?
9 – How can you bring your life back into balance?
Ostara egg image courtesy color-your-own.com
The Dark Moon in Pisces connects us with our sense of wholeness. We tend to focus on the duality of who we are. We get caught up on being this and not that, as if one part of ourselves can somehow cancel out another part of us. In order to feel a sense of balance, we need to step back and see ourselves as whole unto ourselves.
Light and dark are intertwined, both are necessary aspects of who we are and how we move in the world. At times, light overcomes dark, and at other times the darkness takes over. This never-ending dance of light and dark comes into balance during the Dark Moon in Pisces.
When doing Shadow work, it can be easy to become too focused on the dark and forget that we are also beings of light. Alternately, we may use the light as a way to avoid facing our darkness. Either way, we block the flow of energy when we hold onto one or the other. This brings us out of balance. Blocks in our Chakras may indicate an area of Shadow work that needs attending to. Paying attention to our Chakras and clearing them regularly can help us stay balanced.
The Dark Moon is a time for inner reflections, personal journeys and shadow work. What better time to take stock, to face our deepest fears, to meet and embrace our Shadow side. Communing with our dark self may lead to valuable personal insights. As we shine light on our darkness, we come to a place of healing. The Shadow self is the part of us that reacts from a place of unconscious fear. Once those fears are brought into the light, we can begin the process of healing.
Finding your Balance
Sit in a comfortable position and take several deep cleansing breaths.
Draw white light up from the Earth, through your Root Chakra, and out through the top of your head. At the same time, draw white light from the Universe through your Crown Chakra and back down into the Earth.
Once you feel the flows of energy blended together, bring your focus to your Root Chakra. Notice how the energy feels, is it frenetic or overwhelming, or perhaps slow and muddied. Does it feel blocked or does it flow smoothly. Notice if any tension or discomfort occurs. What words, images or emotions come up as you focus on this Chakra. Breathe light into the area until you feel grounded and connected.
Travel up the Chakras, spending some time focused on each one as you go. Once you have completed the exercise with the Crown Chakra, it is time for the return journey. Notice any further details that may arise as you check in with each Chakra on the way down.
Ground the energy back into the Earth and give thanks.
Make a note of any issues that may have arisen at each chakra. These will lay the groundwork for upcoming Shadow work.
Dark Moon Blessings,