💐 Today is Ostara, the beginning of Spring! Finally! After a long quarantined winter, we can finally see the days getting longer and brighter. Indeed, today, day and night are of equal length and in ideal balance – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer. We are in the rebirth period of the year, which is the perfect time to plant “seeds” for your most precious dreams and wishes.
What is Ostara?
Ostara is the point in the wheel of the year where the light rekindled at Yule balances out the darkness… and then passes it.
The Spring Equinox is when Ostara takes place. That is March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere and September 23rd in the Southern Hemisphere in the year 2021.
The season changes into Spring as the Imbolc spark builds and expands. It’s no surprise, therefore, that eggs, rabbits, flowers, buds, and seasonal fruits are emblems of this ancient celebration honouring the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn Eostre/Ostara.
There’s a reason why it sounds similar to Easter. I’ll get to that later.
Ostara is a spring fertility celebration dedicated to Eostre, the morning goddess. (Her name refers to the direction in which the sun rises.) It’s time to start thinking about what you want to cultivate for the rest of the year.
Ostara is the season when the virgin Goddess meets her reborn consort, Pan or the Horned God, in modern pagan and Wiccan belief.
Ostara’s Most Important Symbols
The goddess Eostre is the embodiment of the season’s fruitful vitality, which bursts out from buds and blossoms. Rabbits and eggs are two of the holiday’s most prominent emblems.
This is due to the fact that rabbits and hares may reproduce at a rate that is practically exponential. They’re so fertile, in fact, that a doe may get pregnant with a second litter just a few days after giving birth to her first. Many fertility gods revere hares, including Freya, Aphrodite, Wenet, and others.
Here is a list of a few ways to Celebrate Ostara
- Go for a walk in nature, observing the changing season and the green grass, unused takes off, and all the creature’s activity.
- Decorate a holly altar with blossoms like forsythia, dim willow, lilacs, green and yellow candles, eggs, and representations of rabbits and birds.
- Start seeds for plants that pull in pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
- Dye eggs ruddy, yellow, or green.
- Do some Spring cleaning and declutter.
- Drink dandelion tea.
If you want to get the most out of this high energy day, go for a walk outdoors, declutter, clean and purify your home, surround yourself with flowers and let your creativity flow!
Happy Spring Equinox! 🐇
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