Archetypal Energy: Light-Lunar-Androgynous (Feminine, -/+)
Archetype: Mabon, The Divine Child
Oestre is the season between March 21 st and April 30 th. Oestre marks the peak of spring energies and renewed growth, when day and night are equal and in balance. It signals a time of outdoor activities when you can start to bring into effect the plans that you hatched in the winter. The inner creative imagination of the season of Imbolc manifests externally at the season of the spring equinox. This is a time when all nature is springing forth in terms of plants and animals. Leaves and plants are sprouting, animals are producing babies, new life abounds. This is a time to manifest and begin new projects and new creativity in the outer world. The equinox’s autumn and spring are times of balance between polarities, i.e. masculine and feminine; dark and light, outer and inner etc.
The Archetype of this season is the Mabon who is a god/goddess of youth and childhood. This is similar to the Roman and Greek god called Puer Aeternus, as represented in modern myth by Peter Pan. This god/goddess is androgynous and is associated with the purity and creativity of the child. In the Judeo-Christian mythology Jesus incarnates the energy of this Puer Aeternus archetype. Oestre is a good time to encourage ones connection to the joy and liveliness of our inner child; the playfulness and creativity of the child.
Associated energies and symbols for the season of Oestre
1. Associated Element: Air and Wind
2. Direction: East
3. Season: Spring
4. Faery Realm: Gorias, Realm of The Faery Sylphs
5. Animal: The Hawk
6. Plant/Tree: Alder and Willow
7. Color: Sky Blue and Yellow
8. Earthly Realm: Human
9. Arch Angel: Raphael
10. Polarity: Androgynous: Balance of Feminine and Masculine.
11. Energy: Balance of Light/Positive (+)/Solar and Dark/Negative(-)/Lunar
12. Focus: Balance of Outer/Extroverted and Inner/Introverted.
13. Sacred Tool: The Sword (King Arthur’s Sword Excalibur)
14. Stage of Life: Childhood
15. Time of Day/Night: Dawn
16. Body Consciousness/Chakra: The Head (Celtic); Third Eye (Hindu)
17. Consciousness: Star Consciousness
18. Jungian Functions of Personality: Thinking
The dark part of the year starts at Samhain and ends at Beltain. Another way of thinking about this is to say there is manifest and un-manifest times of the year.
The vernal equinox -Alben Eiler, Eostara, honors the time for new beginnings as we honor the spring. But this is still the dark half of the year. During Easter, the Christ is sacrificed. In looking at the old traditions, built into a lot of the seasons and mythos are coded messages for us to look at and figure out. A great deal of the old wisdom and meaning of the seasons and rituals have been lost and often misinterpreted. It is our belief that if we open our minds and hearts and look at nature and believe the truth of the statement that "As Above, So Below" - that we can start figuring things out. A good deal of the ancient wisdom deals with a balance between the energies of the un-manifest and the manifest. A good deal of ancient mysteries tradition focus on the things that are created on an un-manifest, or spiritual plane, before they are then manifest on a physical manifest or outer plane. The ancient mystery traditions, like alchemy, flows out of them and are a more modern manifestation of them. The universe is perceived in terms of various processes of transformation including death, rebirth, and looks at each of the aspects of the elaborate process of transformation within nature.
The cycles of nature and the cycle of death provide the model for our spirit transformation. For example, at Samhuin, death occurs and the spirit and the body are separated. And each , once separated begin on their own, different though similar, and they each follow their own unique process of death and transformation. The spirit goes one way and the body material form goes into another. But they are all each following a similar process. The spirit at Samhuin that leaves the body is birthed into the other world where it awaits the decision to return or reincarnate into this earthly plane, or if ready, to move into other planes, or to move to other spirit worlds to rest or recuperate. This process is preformed by what in ancient times what is called the dark mother, who is an important entity and process in the underworld and the mystery traditions. The winter solstice is symbolic of those spirits who are choosing to return to the earthly plane to begin their journey back into material form. In this ancient system, the spirit energy coalesces in an unmanifest form (spiritual) and is born. At Imbolc, the virgin goddess manifests the egg the first within her womb and is the first manifest step towards the incarnation.
In many ancient traditions, great beings such as Jesus, the Merlin, etc. are viewed as having been manifested at this level in the sense that they o not have a physical father but nly a spiritual father, in the modern sense it fits in the concept of cloning. In some ways human interference in this process is viewed as perversion. Because a child created in this nature is a very special and sacred child. In these processes the spring equinox is still a time of the unmanifest but is coming closer to the manifest. The equinox is given special power in terms of being balanced-between the spiritual and the material. This is the time where the sperm and the egg come together within the mother. This is the time when the polarities occur where the spiritual self and the material self are fully created and the masculine and feminine and all the polarities enter. This is a major reason in terms of in the old traditions where cloning is seen as dark or anti-nature because it interferes with polarities. Cloning interferes with the establishment of polarities. It destroys the initial mother-father material creation. So this is the time within the unmanifest, but it is balanced manifest because the sperm and the egg joins within the mother and creates the self; but one is still within the mother in the dark, one is still unmanifest. In the next season, the fetus that was unmanifest within the mother is born and enters the outer material world.
Spring is the time of childhood, of the Mabon. It is the time of air, of creativity, of the mind, and of the four season. It is the most ethereal, least earthy. It is the time of the incarnation of the divine child when we are most connecte to our spiritual and cosmic consciousness. It is the time before we have been hurt and confronted with the painful realities of human existence. It is, therefore, the time of star consciousness, idealism, vision, naivete, unbounding optimism, innocence, purity.
Spring is about new life, new beginnings, starting new projects and new ideas. There is a dark aspect here. As much life as is being created, there is a lot of death of new things that don't survive. It is a time of youth, childhood, creativity, newness and freshness. The equinoxes are the mid-way times where there is a balance of darkness and light.
The personal focus of ritual during the season of Oestre is upon the inner child; upon joy, creativity and artistic expression. This is a time to begin new projects, new relationships and explore new territory. It is a time to remember and talk about one’s childhood. It is a time to remember and connect with children and animals. This is a time of balance of masculine and feminine and expressing one’s androgynous whole. Feelings and resistances to Jungian wholeness which include masculine and feminine integration should be talked about; i.e. men’s suppression of their Jungian anima (feminine nature) and women’s subjugation of their Jungian animus (masculine nature) should be discussed.Ritual for Spring Equinox
We usually focus around sharing new ideas of new projects that we want to manifest in the coming year. We work on fertility magic in terms of our life and the earth and we spread seeds around the sacred grove. We honor the egg, the fertilized egg. During Easter, eggs are also celebrated during this time period. Spring Equinox is the time of conception.
In Celtic Shamanistic Traditions, each of the different directions has different elemental and energetic and behavioral associations.
Begining about Nov. 1st -- Samhain is the Pagan New Year. It literally means "summer's end" in Irish Gaelic, and is the hallmark of the feminine half of the year. It is the time we honor those beloved who have died, particularly in the last year.
Yule is the celebration of the rebirth of light. It is humanity's oldest celebration which honors the Goddess giving birth to her son - the God, the Sun, and the Light.
February 1st - Brighid honors the time just before spring, when the earth is preparing to burst forth in productivity. It is the time when ewe's milk begins to flow in preparation for birthing, a symbol of the mother's milk of the earth.
Marks the shift from the lethargy and darkness of winter into the fruitfulness of Spring. The festival honors the time for new beginnings, as we travel into the light and action of spring, in gratitude for its warmth and light.
May 1st - Beltaine is the hallmark of the male part of the year, and honors the fecundity of earth. The God and Goddess are in sexual union - the maypole represents the phallus of the God planted in the Earth Goddess. The plants and flowers we lash to the maypole with ribbons represent the fertility of the Goddess. The festival celebrates vitality and passion - we cherish the joys life has to offer.
A festival in honor of the sun, of passion, and of the ripeness of the earth. The Goddess and the earth are heavy with pregnancy. This is a time when sacred and magical plants are gathered, dried, and stored for the coming winter.
August 1st - A time of thansgiving for the first fruits of the harvest. The God, a metaphor for the grain, is sacrificed - cut down in the fields to feed us. We make offerings of gratitude, ever mindful of the bounty the earth provides.
The light and darkness again are equal, but light grows less. The God, sacrificed in the harvest to nurture us, begins his journey into the Underworld. Mabon is a celebration of the completion of the harvest begun at Lughnasadh.