Ostara - Celebrating The Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is celebrated between March 20th and 23rd. Also known as Ostara "Os-tara" (The Germanic Goddess of fertility and dawn), it marks the end of the winter season and the time of rebirth and new growth for plants and animals alike. Day and night are equal times and the daylight is growing longer each day. Bunny rabbits were an original Pagan symbol for this time of year, because they represent fertility and a lot of mating! In Wicca, the Horned God grows from infancy to maturity and the Triple Goddess is in full Maiden Power.

So how do we celebrate The Spring Equinox?

Painting/Dying Eggs

Eggs are another symbol of fertility and birth and this is a fun tradition for all families to take part in. Originally egg dying came from a Zoroastrian ritual to celebrate The Spring Equinox, but it is used all around the world for many other celebrations as well.

Flowers

Flowers are a symbol of new life and have an uplifting affect on us naturally. A lot of people will pick wildflowers and stick them in vases around the house or on an altar. Remember not to pick anything rare and always thank Mother Earth for her generous gifts!

Plant Something

What better way to celebrate new life and rebirth than to create your own! Whether it be indoors or outdoors, there is no better connection to Earth than to get your hands in some dirt!

Bird Watch

This can be as simple as looking out your window or sitting in your yard. Or if you want to get more hands on, fill some bird feeders or create seed eggs to hang in the yard and enjoy the gathering you have created!

Cleansing

If you haven't already, it is a great time to cleanse yourself and your home. Winter is gone and it is time to get rid of that stagnant energy with it!

Ostara Feast

This usually includes leafy greens, young meat, some flowers, seeds and of course chocolate for dessert! Produce is bountiful again, but remember to thank Mother Earth for the abundance she has given.

Nature Walk

As with any time of the year really, it is always good to get out in nature and recharge. Be mindful of the what is around, the sights, the smells. Enjoy the view of cold and death being replaced with new life and growth.

Hope this gets you started. Until next time!

The Bat Witch

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