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Ostara: Welcoming The Spring Equinox!

Welcome Spring! The spring equinox, also known as Ostara, emerges as the herald of Spring, celebrated from March 20 to 23. As Persephone emerges from the underworld to reunite with her mother, Demeter, the earth rejoices in the return of life, signaling the arrival of spring's abundance and renewal. In the enchanting rhythm of the pagan wheel of the year, this time brims with vibrant energy, signaling renewal and rebirth—a season I hold affinity for, especially since it coincides with my birthday! And who doesn't love some spring warmth after the cozy hibernation of winter's chill? This beautiful festival honors the awakening of the Earth Mother and the resurrection of Spring, a time imbued with ancient traditions that echo across the ages.



As the veil of winter fades, we welcome the balance of light and darkness on this sacred equinox. Like seeds planted in the fertile soil of our souls, we welcome the promise of new beginnings and the blossoming of our inner gardens. The gentle caress of the sun's rays kisses the earth, coaxing forth life from dormancy, while the melodies of returning birds announce the arrival of Spring's song.


Ostara calls us to embrace the divine feminine, to honor the interconnectedness of all life and the cyclical rhythms of nature. It is a time of setting intentions, nurturing growth, and celebrating the sacred union of spirit and earth.



During the festivities, we adorn our altars with symbols of fertility and abundance, from decorated eggs to vibrant flowers, invoking the blessings of the season. We indulge in age-old traditions like egg hunting and baking Ostara bread, rejoicing in the abundance of the earth's bounty. As a child, I adored indulging in fun egg hunts and baking and eating delicious springtime treats!


But beyond the outward rituals lies a deeper invitation—to plant the seeds of our dreams and aspirations, to cultivate the gardens of our souls with love and intention. Through acts of creativity, such as painting eggs or crafting spring bouquets, we infuse our lives with the magic of the season, weaving our desires into the fabric of existence.


As we cleanse our hearts and homes in preparation for the new cycle, we embrace the spirit of renewal, shedding the old to make way for the new. With each act of spring cleaning, we release stagnant energy, inviting fresh vitality and vibrancy into our lives.



Embracing the Essence and Symbols of the Season:

As the earth awakens from its winter slumber, the Spring Equinox calls in the return of life in all its beautiful forms. From the tender buds adorning the branches to the gentle sprouting of new blades of grass, nature and the birds sing with the promise of renewal.


COLORS:

In the sacred rituals of Ostara, we honor the timeless symbols that speak to the essence of this magical time. From the the vibrant shades of sky blue and spring green to the purity of white and the soft hues of pink and lavender , we adorn our altars with colors that reflect the awakening earth.


CRYSTALS: Rose quartz, aquamarine, and moonstone, infuse our rituals with their potent energies, amplifying our intentions and guiding us on our path of spiritual evolution.


HERBS & PLANTS:

The fragrant herbs of spring—thyme, lemon balm, and tarragon along with many spring flowers awaken our senses and connect us to the earth's healing energies.


NATURE:

While we start coming out of our cocoon and take a walks outside, we connect with nature and honor the sacred trees of ash, alder, birch, and willow, alongside the charming creatures of spring; chicks, bunnies, lambs, and ducks.


SACRED SPACES:

As we gather around our sacred spaces we can adorn them with freshly-picked flowers, feathers, decorated eggs or a basket of eggs, plants, seeds, or other herbs.



Ways to Connect with the Season:


In honoring the sacred rhythms of Ostara, we find joy in embracing time-honored traditions that connect us to the cycles of nature and the rhythms of the earth. There are myriad ways to celebrate this season of renewal and rebirth.


Hunting for Eggs:

Traditionally, hard-boil eggs are dyed and decorated, symbolizing the fertility of the earth and the promise of new life. This is a beloved tradition that delights the young and the young at heart! Hunting for eggs is a joyful reminder of Ostara's ancient origins. Did you know that this practice traces its roots back to pagan rituals of fertility and abundance? Whether you opt for traditional eggs or chocolate treats, the egg hunt is a cherished ritual that brings families together in celebration.


Baking Bread:

The scent of freshly baked bread fills our homes, infusing them with warmth and abundance. Decorated with symbols of spring—flowers, fruits, and vegetables—our loaves become works of art, offering blessings for the coming year. Kneading the dough with loving thoughts, then watching it rise, is a reminder of the fertile earth bursting forth with new life.


Planting & Nurturing New Seeds:

Ostara invites us to cultivate our spiritual landscapes, going beyond tending to our physical gardens. What dreams do you wish to see take root and blossom in the coming seasons? Take note of your progress, celebrating your wins, and nurturing your goals with care and attention. Like a skilled gardener, tend to your seeds of desire and aspirations with love and patience, knowing that through patient nurturing, these seeds will flourish!




Painting and Decorating Eggs:

Painting eggs is a creative expression of Ostara's themes of renewal and rebirth. From intricate designs to vibrant colors, each egg is a canvas for our intentions and dreams. A time-honored tradition that bridges the gap between past and present. Let your imagination fly as you decorate your eggs with symbols of fertility, abundance, and new beginnings.



Spring Cleaning:

In the spirit of renewal, we cleanse our homes of stagnant energy and welcome the fresh breeze of spring. As we declutter and refresh our surroundings, we create space for new blessings to enter our lives.



Creating Beauty with Spring Flowers:

Gather freshly blooming flowers to create a spring bouquet, to infusing our spaces with the vibrant and colorful energy of the season. With each blossom, we honor the beauty of nature and the promise of new beginnings.


What other ways do you honor or can you imagine honoring this season?


As we celebrate Ostara, may we be inspired to cultivate our inner gardens, nurturing the seeds of hope, renewal, and inner harmony. Let’s embrace the magic of the season, paying homage the ancient traditions that connect us to the rhythms of the earth and the cycles of life. Blessed be! Love and warmth, Aria x



 

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