Tomorrow, the Christian world is celebrating Easter – their most important festivity. It is a powerful story of hope and new beginnings which, in the northern hemisphere, comes to us every year in the season of spring.
In pre-Christian times, just as with some of today’s pagan religions, the same values were celebrated during the Spring Equinox of the northern hemisphere – around March 20th. One of the old names of this festivity, Ostara, is still preserved in the German word for Easter: “Ostern”.
This year a special emphasis seems to lie upon this celebration of hope and new beginnings. There was the solar eclipse exactly on the day of the March Equinox – which was a total solar eclipse in the high North of the globe. Now, one day before Easter Sunday, we have a lunar eclipse which, again, is a total lunar eclipse in the Pacific Region.
To me it feels like an invitation to look at those areas in life where it is time for new beginnings. What can each of us do individually to nourish hope and allow a new start? What can we let go of to make space for the new?
It always begins within each individual, within ourselves. We can sit and wait until things around us shift – and maybe they do; or maybe they never will. Or we each can be the change we want to see in the world.
– Stefanie Neumann
What is your choice?