DANCE OF OSTARA
In perfect balance, light and dark hang above the budding of Persephone’s return from the underworld, and as the Vernal Equinox ushers in the official start of spring. On its way to its highest position in our sky, the Sun journeys across the celestial equator – the spere of stars and heavenly bodies whose midline intersects with the terrestrial equator. It is during this time of the year that day and night are of equal length. For approximately twelve hours, your region of the Earth will face the Sun squarely, receiving all its splendor and warmth, until it turns away for the night and immerses itself in its own shadow.
Ostara is a wiccan holiday and one of their eight Sabbats. Ostara celebrates the spring equinox. The word Ostara comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess name, Eostre. Eostre represented spring and new beginnings.
To modern pagans, the goddess Ostara is a goddess of the dawn, spring, and fertility. Her legends involve typical Easter symbols like rabbits, eggs, fairies, and flowers.
The dance I have written is a veneration and celebratory Dance for Ostara. It places a literal spring in our steps, in addition to honoring Persephone’s return through dance portrayal. It is elegant, simple, and most of all ~ fun!
Slow music: Spirit Rose by Subaqueous
Fast music: Ostara by Sowulo (acoustic version)