Ostara (March 21st)
Ostara, or Spring Equinox, also known as Spring Rites and Eostra's Day, marks the first day of the Spring season. Winter gives way to the new growth and first blooms of the year. The Goddess stretches and awakens, causing the Earth to burst forth with fertility and greening land. The God matures and walks among the fertile land, relishing in his new age.
On Ostara the days and nights are equal, as the light begins to overtake the sleepy winter darkness. The Goddess and the God drive the wild creatures to reproduce and live!
Ostara represents a time of new growth and new beginnings. A time for all to look forward to new ideas, new jobs, and new goals. Plant a garden, or plant the seeds for your future in a Sabbat ritual. This is the time to move into action!
Based on the Pagan Goddess Eostra, the Goddess of fertility and growth, this ancient, Teutonic symbol was adopted by the Christian movement as the rebirth of Jesus Christ, and was renamed "Easter".
Colors: Pastels and whites
Symbols: Rabbits, eggs, flowers (Iris, Tulips)
Activities: Starting a garden, coloring eggs
Signs: Fertility, rebirth
Plant a seed (represents a new start or want in your life)
Bring flowers to your altar, thanking them for their use in your ritual
Make a mixture of freshly picked herbs, flowers, and vegetables
- Tulips, iris, violets, daffodils,
- Fresh cut grass
- Thyme, marjoram, honeysuckle, lemon grass, sunflower seeds, rose hips, acorns, vervain
(most of these herbs can be found in a local store or occult shop)
A chant to the Goddess/God*
O Great Goddess, you have freed yourself from the icy prison of winter. Now is the greening, when the fragrance of flowers drifts on the breeze. This is the beginning. Life renews itself by Your magick, Earth Goddess. The God stretches and rises, eager in His youth and bursting with the promise of the coming summer.
*taken from Wicca:A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Scott Cunningham
For more info on Ostara and other Sabbat lore, I heartily recommend Celebrate the Earth by Laurie Cabot