All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox

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Ostara is a time of early spring blooms and blossoms. Image by Harald Eisenberger/LOOK-foto/Getty Images

Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebrate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this Sabbat, depending on your tradition.

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

 Ostara Rebirthing Ritual: Celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal with this rite.
  • Ostara Labyrinth Meditation: This meditation ritual will help you with some problem solving during the Ostara season.
  • Earth Meditation: As the earth begins to warm back up, use this meditation to help get yourself grounded.

Ostara Magic

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Why not take advantage of the season to do a bit of Spring magic? Now is a good time to use spring to work on magic related to rebirth and growth.

Traditions and Trends

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of March? Learn why St. Patrick hated snakes, and why the Easter bunny brings eggs for us to eat!

  • Beware the Ides of March!: The Ides of March were an unlucky day for a certain Roman emperor.
  • St. Patrick and the Snakes: There’s a lot of speculation on whether or not the snakes were a metaphor for Pagans – did St. Patrick really drive them out of Ireland?
  • Pagans and Lent: Should Pagans give things up for Lent, just because their Christian friends and family members are?

Crafts and Creations

As Ostara rolls in, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with a St. Patrick’s Day Snake Wreath or a basket of naturally-dyed eggs.

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

  • Marshmellow Peep Ambrosia: Got Peeps? Use them to make a super-sweet dessert dish!
  • Deviled Eggs: Eggs are everywhere – devil them up and add them to your Ostara menu.
  • Mint Chutney: Add this minty topping to your meat dishes this spring.
  • Roasted Lamb: Lamb is a seasonal food, and makes a great addition to your spring feast.
  • Hot Cross Buns: If you like to bake, try some Hot Cross Buns – they have a long and fascinating history!
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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

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