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Spring Equinox (Ostara)

February 29, 2024

Spring Equinox (Ostara)

Spring Equinox, also referred to as Ostara, is celebrated on or about March 20-21. Equinoxes are a point of balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year. Spring Equinox is the time when natural world is awakening with new life, the Sun is gaining in strength and the days gradually become longer and warmer. The hopes of Imbolc are found in the growing fertility of the Earth at Spring Equinox. It is a time of hope, action, and new growth.

Colors of the Season

Bright green for abundance, prosperity, new growth, and new beginnings

Yellow for the sun, vitality, attraction, creativity, and joy.

Purple for healing, self-improvement, and intuition.

Plants of the Season

All spring flowers.

Daffodils for honoring the gods and goddesses of spring.

Primroses for attraction and love.

Violets for love, luck, peace, healing, wishes.

Tulips for love, happiness, purification.

Crocuses for joy, hopefulness, and cheer.

Traditions and Symbols

Rabbits for fertility.

Colored eggs for fertility and creation.

Seeds for fertility and new beginnings.

All foliage that is sprouting into leaf for beginnings and growth of new ideas.

Activities for Celebration

Seed and Garden Blessings.

Seed starting and Garden preparations.

All the egg activities coloring, hunting, racing, there is even egg dancing.

Spring Cleaning and Home Blessing.

Community Service. 

An Egg Blessing Ritual for Spring Equinox

Decorate your altar with the colors and symbols of the season.

For this ritual you will need to gather a few items.

The egg included in your box and the tools to decorate to your choosing. During the ritual you are going to do an egg blessing for yourself or to give to someone. You might want to choose herbs, colors and symbols that reflect the blessing. (Temporary tattoos are a favorite at the shop to transfer symbols onto the egg)

The incense, candles, and oil in your box as well as a fireproof container, charcoal tablets and a lighter.

Place the burner on your altar and the two candles to either side to represent balance.

Ground.

Anoint yourself and candles with the oil.

Light your tablet and place in dish sprinkle with incense.

Light your candles.

Cast your circle and call upon your chosen deities.

Comfortably position yourself and begin decorating your egg.

Let the act of decorating the egg fill it with the blessing.

When you are finished place the egg on your altar and ask the deities you have chosen to fill the egg with your blessing. You may want to leave the egg on your altar where you will be reminded of the blessing or plant it in your garden space.

Release your circle and enjoy a cup of Spring Tonic tea.

Spring is finally here! Blessed Ostara! 

References

Ostara: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials, 1) Paperback – January 8, 2015 by Kerri Connor. Pages 48-51.

Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring (Holiday Series) Paperback – February 8, 2002 by Edain McCoy.

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch Paperback – June 8, 2012 by Ellen Dugan.