Today marks the transition from winter into springtime, the vernal equinox when light and dark find a fleeting moment of balance and the hours of daylight match those of night. It’s a celebration of rebirth, death yielding again to fertility.Ostara, or Ēostre, is a Germanic goddess of spring and the dawn. We’ve named our Easter celebration of resurrection after her, and the vital sex hormone estrogen. What better time to explore my own shift into the Late Follicular phase.In anticipation for the ovulation phase, estrogen is surging through my body to reach its peak at Beltane. Nature is in collaboration with my cycle, swelling and bleeding together in overlapping circles, where annual and monthly converge.This festival and phase of my cycle invite softness back in. The snow has melted away, the earth is waking up through the act of thawing. Layers are slowly being peeled. Ostara doesn’t rush into fertility, but gently holds a promise of life.I celebrate Ostara through the act of softening myself to a promise (or promises) made long ago that might still come to pass. I am yielding to the light, and it’s representation of goodness in my life. I am slowly peeling away the darkness.