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Spring Is Finally Here!

This winter has seemed especially long, the coldest winter in 40 years here in Alberta. I walk every day and it has been a cold biting, wind blowing winter. This past week all the windows  were open when we were home to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I could finally complete a few paintings that needed spray paint or created a mess.

Fall always feels like the beginning of a new year to me (I think from the years of first days at school). But, spring feels like rebirth or springing forward with new adventures. The longer days wake us up from the hibernation of winter and make me want to get to work, to do things, to create more.

I am in full on creation mode, working on so many new classes, working on new paintings as well as writing my life story. I have been talking about writing this book for years. I have started and stopped so many times. But, this time it is just flowing from me. It was funny because so many people have told me to write a book about my life, but I always thought it was just my life, why would anyone care. Now that I have founded Queer Voicez, which is all about people telling their stories I have an understanding about the power of stories.

Recently I spoke at Women Talk, a Canada wide event for ‘ordinary women to tell their extraordinary stories’. I was surprised when people came up to me crying and thanking me for telling my story. Telling me how brave I was. I am quite good at stepping out of myself and so I wasn’t feeling the same emotion (now) that they were in hearing it, I have lived through all that emotion already.

Well, Spring is a good time to reflect and move forward and that is what I am doing. I hope it is what you are doing too. If not, let me help you. As someone who has been there and done that I know how much creativity helps us grow and become more complete in ourselves. Start with creativity 101 or some personal coaching and give yourself a gift of creative wholeness.

​​Wednesday is Ostara and I will be celebrating with a small personal ritual, I don’t do many group things anymore. Spirituality is internal and as long as we  show up, present and accounted for, that is all that really matters. Blessed Ostara to you all.
 
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Ostara - The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Wednesday March 20th this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Many observe the day as Ostara, a festival that celebrates the season's change from dark winter to brightening spring. Ostara celebrates the coming of spring, new growth and fertility.

​Ostara is one of 8 sabbats (holidays), that make up the Wheel of the Year. Along with Ostara, many observe Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, Yule and Imbolc.

It is said that Ostara derives from ancient Celtic and Saxon spring holidays, later Christianized into the Easter holiday.  Many religions celebrate holidays during this time of year, including the Hindu Holi, Jewish Purim, Sikh Hola Mohalla and Christian Easter.

For many, Ostara celebrates the Spring Maiden and Horned God who represent the characteristics of the new season.

Ostara, or Eostra, is an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represents dawn. As a spring goddess she oversees the budding plants and burgeoning fertility of the earth. The Horned God, sometimes envisioned as the god Pan, symbolizes the festive enjoyment of nature through hunting and dancing.

Symbols of fertility and new life play a prominent role in many Ostara celebrations. Similar to those observed at Easter, symbols for Ostara include eggs, rabbits, flowers and seeds. Many believe these symbols to represent the fecundity of spring and incorporate them into rituals, altars and celebratory feasts.

Have an Amazingly Creative Day!
Larissa
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