Understanding Ostara (Spring Equinox)

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Ostara is an old Pagan festival which is celebrated on the Spring Equinox - also known as the Vernal Equinox- which starts on March 20th. These festivals are often used to mark the first day of the season - the others include Midsummer, Mabin and Yule. Ostara is believed to mark the first day of the Spring season where we celebrate a balance between light and darkness as the last signs of the Winter season finally disappears over the horizon.

Ostara is believed to be the time when the Sun God becomes victorious over the god of darkness (Winter) and prepares to marry the Triple Goddess in her Maiden form as she readies herself to conceive a child - transforming her into the Mother phase. Ostara marks the balance between daytime and night time - 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. Nature is fully awake after it's long winter sleep and brings with it intensely inspirational energy.

At Ostara, we honour the Germanic Maiden Goddess Ostara - or Eostre - who is the Goddess of fertility, renewal and rebirth. The Goddess Ostara is believed to have the head and shoulders of a hare, and is believed to be the inspiration of the Christian holiday of Easter.

At this time, we must take inspiration from Ostara and allow ourselves to grow and reach our full potential. Be inspired by the balance of light and dark by allowing your positive energy to outshine any negative energies. Step out of your darkness and fully embrace the light. Allow the Goddess Ostara to fertilise your mind in order for new ideas and inspirations to grow.

Here are a list of Ostara correspondences and activities to try out during this inspirational time of year.

 

 Colours That Symbolise

  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • All pastel colours
 

Altar Items To Include

  • Seeds
  • Coloured eggs
  • Earth
  • Spring flowers
 

Stones That Symbolise

  • Jasper
  • Rose Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
 

 

Herbs That Symbolise

  • Jasmine
  • Lemongrass
  • Spearmint 
  • Sage
 

Spells To Do

  • Fertility
  • Blessing
  • Abundance
  • Manifestation
 

Activities To Try

  • Decorate your sacred space with spring flowers - daffodils, tulips etc.
  • Decorate eggs - dye or paint hard boiled eggs
  • Do some spring cleaning - cleanse your home and mind ready for the season ahead
  • Bless and plant seeds to grow
  • Make an Ostara altar
  • Smudge your sacred space to cleanse it of negative energy
  • Have a shadow work session - let go of the things that are holding you back in life
  • Go for a walk and embrace the beauty of nature
 

For more on the Sabbats in the Celtic Wheel Of The Year, take a look at my post Celebrating Samhain and Understanding Imbolc.

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What are your favourite Ostara traditions and activities? Feel free to share in the comments below!