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Embark on a journey of renewal and growth as we delve into the celebration of Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox. Marking the arrival of spring and the reawakening of nature, this Wiccan sabbat is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on around March 20th and in the Southern Hemisphere on around September 22nd.
Join us as we explore the many ways to celebrate this pagan holiday. From honoring the associated deities, decorating your altar, to performing rituals, we will uncover the magic and wonder of Ostara.
Celebrating the springtime deities
- Goddess Eostre. The origins of this elusive goddess are a bit of a mystery, with limited historical evidence to shed light on her worship. According to some sources, Eostre was worshipped by the ancient Germanic tribes as the goddess of spring, renewal, and fertility. Offerings of flowers, eggs, and other springtime symbols can be made to Eostre. You can also offer sweets or baked goods in her honor.
- Brigid. Brigid's flame burns bright with the elements of fire, poetry, and blacksmithing. She's also a celebrated goddess of spring and fertility, making her a fitting addition to the Ostara celebration. Show your love for Brigid by offering up some milk, butter, or other dairy treats, and by lighting a candle or two in her honor.
- The Green Man. This folksy figure is often depicted with leaves or vines growing from his head, making him a natural symbol of the natural world and rebirth. During Ostara, Wiccans can pay homage to the Green Man by creating an image of him on their altar or incorporating plenty of green into their decorations.
Creating a spring-inspired altar for Ostara
Decorating an altar for Ostara is a fun and creative way to pay homage to the spring equinox. Here are a few traditional items you can use:
- Fresh flowers. Flowers symbolize new growth and new beginnings, and they add a pop of color to your altar. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses are popular choices.
- Eggs. Eggs represent fertility, renewal, and new beginnings. Decorate your altar with painted or colored eggs or just plain white ones.
- Baskets. Baskets are a symbol of the abundance of spring, and they make a great container for flowers, eggs, or other decorative items.
- Bunnies. Bunnies are a staple of Ostara, symbolizing fertility and new beginnings. Represent the adorable critters with figurines, statues, or other symbols.
- Colors. The colors of spring are yellow, green, and pink, and you can incorporate these hues into your altar decorations, clothing, or candles.
- Candles. Candles are a simple yet effective way to set the mood and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Light yellow or green candles to symbolize spring, or pink candles for new beginnings and love.
Bringing spring into your rituals and spells
Celebrating Ostara is all about tapping into the magic of spring and embracing new beginnings. To join in the festivities, many Wiccans engage in rituals and spells that are infused with the themes of renewal, growth, and rejuvenation. Here are a few ways to make the most of this wonderful Sabbat:
- Spring Cleaning. This is the perfect time to give your home and sacred spaces a fresh start. Not only does this help physically clear out the clutter, but it also gives you a chance to energetically reset for the new season.
- Planting Seeds. Whether you're planting flowers in your garden or starting a new project in your life, Ostara is the perfect time to start fresh. Create spells or rituals to help bring your hopes, dreams, and aspirations to life.
- Releasing Old Habits. Say goodbye to negative patterns and thoughts that may be holding you back. Use spells or rituals to help let go of what no longer serves you and make room for growth.
- Creating a Talisman. Bring your intention to life with a magical talisman. Start by selecting materials that correspond with your goal, such as green stones for prosperity. Assemble your materials into a charm, pendant, or other objects, and imbue it with your intention through visualization, spell work, or other energy work. Display your talisman on your altar or carry it with you for positive energy and a daily reminder of your intention.
Ostara celebrates the arrival of spring and the reawakening of nature. It's a time to tap into the magic of spring, embrace new beginnings, and engage in rituals and spells that are infused with themes of renewal, growth, and rejuvenation. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate or observe the Sabbat, I wish you the best of luck with the reboot that spring brings.