Welcome Morning Glory and Ostara approaches
Some Ostara Folore:
---according to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. I try this every year and my egg rolls over right away, but several friends have had success. I'll probably try again this year.
---Spring is a time of life renewing energy. Everyone sings, hums, buzzes, blossoms & emerges. Worms, ladybugs, green plant shoots, singing birds & baby chicks are born...and the flowers!! The vernal, or spring equinox signals the beginning of nature's renewal in the northern hemisphere and March madness.
Spring equinox is a time of fertility and nature's fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March Hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol...this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with the first. As if that were not enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mate, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.
Haigha, the March Hare is a character in a scene in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice wonders, "The March Hare will be the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad - at least not so mad as it was in March." Hence Spring Fever seems to be born with the March Hare. SPRING, SPRING, the Earth is waking up!! JOY!
Eostare, Easter, Ostara, Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox, Time for Passover
BE HAPPY! Ostara celebrates spring, life, warmth, fertility, a bit of madness and eggs. Eggs represent the fertility aspect of this Sabbat which originated with the Germanic people. Through the years egg decoration has become an art in many cultures and doesn't love an egg hunt?!
With all this joy and celebration, the inner spirit speaks to the real meaning - the Earth is blooming, we are rising out of winter slumber, day and night are equal on the equinox and then the light begins to grow. Time to plant our own seeds, both in the garden and within our spirit. What goals are you setting for yourself? I know my best thinking appears with the chocolate bunny - inspiration!
The Pagan celebration
Plan a celebration that includes pastel colors, blessing and planting seeds, dyeing eggs, decorating trees with colorful streamers, start getting you soil ready for the garden. At Ostara, it's often too cold to plant your seeds outside, but you can get your seedlings started indoors. Give your plant a head start and get them sprouting in advance - that way they'll be ready to go into the ground by the time the warmer weather arrives. This is definitely an outside celebration. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.
Many modern Wiccans & Pagans celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature - walk in a park, lie in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you - plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate and celebrate the change of seasons.
The traditional coloring and giving of eggs at Easter has pagan associations. For eggs are clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate and flowers and trees pollinate & reproduce. Many people plan a coven feast or a meal with friends. There are NO rules. Have fun, make natural dyes...it's always fun to color eggs with friends!
Candle colors: pastel
Anointing oil: almond oil with Lilac
Robes: white or pastel
Refreshments: raspberry tea, scones with fruit, cupcakes, deviled eggs (tee-hee)
Deities: Eostre, Spring Lunar Goddess, Isis, Kore, Anna Perenna, Flora
Alter: fresh flowers, seeds, eggs, a bit of compost or soil, anything else that inspires you.
Time: mid day, no ceremony while moon is void of course
Magickal workings: fertility (remember there are many types of fertility) health & growth for the Mother Earth, environmental healing
Bless all of you in your celebrations!