The days are getting longer. A few days ago I woke up to birdsong. Wool coats are going back in the closet. My family established the tradition of spring cleaning when I was a little girl when the weather gets warm enough to keep a window open for an hour. Even if you don’t have time to clean everything in your home top-to-bottom, here are a few simple tasks to do before Ostara.
- Junk Drawer: I’ve got one. You’ve got one. We’ve all got one. It’ll take you (hopefully) an hour to go through, discard, and reorganize. If it’s at work or school, take 5 minutes of every break and go through a section of the drawer at a time.
- Awake the Earth: If you have a garden, start working the soil and clearing leaves from the fall. Plan your space for the new planting season. Give a small offering to appropriate spirits and deities.
- Open a Window: Fresh air is healthy and therapeutic. It may be too cold to spend large amounts of time outside, but a little bit will go a long way to ushering in spring.
- Clean Your Altar: Some people think that physically cleaning an altar affects the energies of the space. I kind of think the deities and spirits you work with will get more offended if their sacred space is messy than if you shift the energies. I will say I like to keep chemicals and synthetics out of sacred space, so use natural cleaners.
- Reestablish Relationships: Sometimes you become a little relaxed in your spiritual practice, especially in the dormant energies of winter, making you feel spiritually messy. Create a small ritual to speak directly to your deities to strengthen your bond.
© Ariadne Woods