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OSTARA

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Eostar, Eostre, Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox, Rites of Spring, Eostra’s Day,
Alban Eilir, Festival of Trees, Lady Day

DATE:
On the spring or Vernal Equinox, near March 21st.

The Goddess has awaken from Her winter's slumber and the earth is bursting forth
with life once again.  We rejoice in the balance of day and night, of maleness and
femaleness, and the seeds shared between male and female.  Light and dark are
equal and we celebrate the balance of the world.  It is a celebration of Eostre,
Goddess of spring and fertility. Her symbols are those representing fertility--eggs
and the hare. Ostara is also the birthday of Aradia (Goddess of Magick).

We say good-bye to the dark time of the year, and welcome in the light time of
the year.  Through sympathetic magick, we try to show the earth what we wish
to occur (i.e.: sown seeds bursting forth with life, flowers blooming, all things
fertilized, etc.).  Ostara is a solar festival.

The energies of nature slowly shift from the sluggishness of winter to the
expansion of spring.  The Goddess blankets the earth with fertility, bursting
forth from her sleep as the God grows to maturity--walking
in the greening fields and delighting in the abundance of nature.

It is a time of beginnings, of action, of planting spells for future gain, and tending
of ritual gardens.  It is traditional to pick flowers.  It is a very good time for herb
magick.  Plan walk through nature--a celebratory ritual in itself.  It is also a
traditional time for honoring one of the younger women in the coven or grove
by appointing her Spring Queen and sending her home with an armful of flowers!

The Christian holiday of Easter is named after the Teutonic Goddess
Eostre.  The celebration of Easter is directly tied to the Spring,
or Vernal Equinox.  The symbology of eggs and rabbits are overlapped
as well.  The Easter egg is pre-Christian as well.  Originally it was the
world egg laid by the Goddess and split open by the heat of the Sun
God, hatching the world.

Some traditional foods: seeds, sprouts, leafy greens, flower dishes

Traditional herbs: daffodil, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris,
narcissus, all spring flowers

Colors: greens and yellows


Links - Be sure to bookmark before you go!
You Call It Easter, We Call It Ostara - by Peg Aloi, The Witches Voice

Ostara Rite - by Yens & Ida, A Mystickal Grove

Lady Day - by Mike Nichols

Beyond Eggs: Ways to Celebrate Oestara - by Melanie Fire Salamander

Pysanky - Icon of the Spring

Symbolism of Colour in Pysanky Eggs - Ukranian egg decorating at conjure.com
History of Ukranian Egg Decorating - pysanka.com

Eostre Lore From Bede's The Reckoning of Time - translated by Faith Wallis

The Germanic Goddess of Springtime - Edited by D. L. Ashliman

Ostara Recipes - Incense, Spinach (or Broccoli) Quiche, Incense, and  Oil

Group Activities for Ostara - College Wicca website

Solitary Activities for Ostara - College Wicca website

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this page last updated 11-20-04