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.
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.
- Setting up your Ostara Altar: Try these tips to set up your altar for the Spring Equinox.
- Ostara Altar Photo Gallery: Be sure to check out some of our readers’ photos of their Ostara altars – and find some inspiration!
- Ostara Ritual for Solitaries: This simple ritual is designed with the solo practitioner in mind.
- The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit: This fairly ridiculous Ostara rite for kids is silly fun for the whole family.
- 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.
- Celebrating Ostara with Kids: Got little Pagans? Here are some great ways to include them in your Ostara celebrations!
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.
- Serpent Magic and Folklore: Snakes are found in folklore around the world – let’s look at what they symbolize!
- Egg Magic and Folklore: Eggs are often associated with new life. Let’s talk about the folklore of egg magic.
- Magical Spring Flowers: The earth is blooming, and spring flowers can come in handy for your magical workings.
- Daffodil Magic and Folklore: Daffodils are early bloomers, and have a useful magical purpose.
- Forsythia Magic and Folklore: Are you growing forsythia? Here’s how you can use them in spellwork.
- Rabbit Magic & Mad March Hares: There’s more to rabbit magic than just the Easter Bunny!
- Magical Gardening: Growing plants is a magical act – let’s look at how you can include it as part of your daily practice in the spring.
- Ostara Prayer: Children’s Chant
- Ostara Prayer: Garden Blessing
- Ostara Prayer: The Goddesses of Spring
- Ostara Prayer: Resurrection of the Earth
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!
- Ostara History: The vernal equinox has a long magical history. Here’s how it’s been celebrated through time.
- Deities of Ostara: Meet some of the gods and goddesses associated with the spring equinox.
- Spring Equinox Celebrations Around the World: Pagans aren’t the only ones celebrating this time of year – here’s what the rest of the world is doing!
- Who was Eostre?: Was Eostre really an ancient goddess of spring?
- Matronalia, March 1: The Romans celebrated an early version of Mother’s Day at the beginning of March.
- Easter Eggs: Pagan or Not?: Are Easter Eggs secretly Pagan?
- Can You Really Balance an Egg on the Equinox?: Have you ever heard about balancing an egg on the equinox? Let’s look at the science behind the rumor.
- 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?
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.
- Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara: Start your seedlings early with this simple greenhouse craft.
- Make a Spring Weather Station: Watch the natural world around you for magical ideas.
- Spring Snake Wreath: Why make a snake wreath? Well, it has to do with the legend of St. Patrick.
- Naturally Colored Ostara Eggs: Use items from nature to color your eggs for spring celebrations.
- Tie Dyed Ostara Eggs: Here’s how to use old silk ties to make a cool design on your Ostara eggs.
- Make Magic Crystal Ostara Eggs: If you’re doing an egg hunt this year, try this craft as a fun alternative to hiding plastic eggs.
- Make an Ostara Tree: Decorate your altar seasonally with this Ostara tree project.
- Seed Packet Greeting Cards: Send out greetings to your friends, and help them start their gardens!
- 5 Easy Decorations for Ostara: Bring the season inside with these five simple seasonal decorations.
- 7 of the Best Ostara Crafts on Pinterest: Check out some great Ostara crafts you can save to your Pinterest boards.
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.
- Surprise Lemon Bread: Welcome the season with this delicious cake-like bread.
- Spring Sprout Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing: Kick off your Ostara feast with seasonal greens.
- 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!