OSTARA - SPRING EQUINOX

Ostara Sabbat is the official start of the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere from the 20th-22nd of March. Marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. The year is now waxing and our days are getting longer, as the natural world is coming alive. 



Eostre or Eostra is the Saxon Goddess of Dawn and Light. As a spring goddess, she oversees the budding plants and burgeoning fertility of the earth. In her honour, bread and cakes were given as an offering, as well as brightly coloured eggs that represent fertility, and new life. One tale is that the rabbit so loved his Goddess Eostre that he laid sacred eggs in her honour. Eostre was so delighted, she wanted this joy to be shared by all, so the tradition continued.
The second tale tells how Eostre found a wounded bird in the snow. To help the little bird survive the winter, she transformed it into a rabbit, but the transformation was incomplete and the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs.

Ostara is a time to celebrate the arrival of Spring, and many still like to work the old traditions in with some new ideas. These are a list of some simple traditions from my family, (some cost no money at all) that everyone can take part in, or worked with alone. 

OSTARA RITUALS 

1. 
Welcome, the Sunrise - Ostara is all about light, and this is the perfect time to wake up before the sun comes up, grab your coffee and crystals ready for the sun to greet us this Spring Equinox.

Even better - if you're in the UK, head to Stonehenge, there are over 150 practising Wiccans and Pagans gathered around the night before to welcome in the new season. 

2. Make Flower Crowns - apart of our connection to the earth, is working with your hands. Collect (or purchase some flowers), floral wire and floral tape. Get creative with friends and family making your own floral and natural crown to wear for Ostara Festivities.

At the end of the day, pay homage for the goddess by placing this as an offering on your altar or in your back garden. (please make sure any scraps after flowers are gone are collected and thrown in the bin or recycled)

3. Spring Clean - Start your cleaning for the Spring Equinox early. Spring is a time of new beginnings and rebirth, use this time beforehand to clear away anything that is unwanted and not used to make way for the new.

Sweep away the old energy within your home, Sage your house repeatedly( at least once a week) and open all the doors and windows to carry the energy away with the wind. Make sure to dust. We make our own homemade Cleansing Cleaners wipe over our surfaces after we have cleaned everything. Cleansing Cleaners: Mixture of Flora Water(Holy Water) Salt, Witch Hazel, Sun/Moon charged, Crystal, charged water with essential oils.

If you're interested, we are making some for the shop soon. Let me know and I can send you some more information. 

4. Plant a Spring Garden - daffodils, primrose, violets, snowdrops, bluebells are all beautiful flowers you can begin to plant in your garden for the Goddess. Also thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, sage, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender are all great to start potting as seedlings. Majority of them go great in pots, like mint, chamomile, lavender as they can take over your garden. This is a great way to bring new life into your home, get your hands dirty and connect with the earth. 

5. Earth Meditation - Meditation is a great way to connect with our higher selves, seek guidance, and is perfect for grounding ourselves. Working with some Hematite Stone, or Smokey Quartz ( if it's too strong) take 15 minutes - 45 minutes grounding yourself and connecting to the earth.

If you're not able to relax and focus your thoughts, try meditation apps on your phone, and there are plenty of free meditations on Youtube. 

Every time you do a meditation in the same spot, you raise the vibration. The more you work in that same place, the higher frequency will radiate and the better your meditation will be. 

To open all the chakras, you must be grounded, and honestly, we always could do with "bringing ourselves back down to earth" Use this chance to connect with the warmth of the earth, and welcome the rebirth of our energy and spirit. 



6. Make an Altar - If you haven't already got one in your home, think about taking some time aside to create a sacred space. This can be used to keep all our magical tools together, work with the goddess energies while card reading, yoga or meditation.

Creating an altar doesn't have to be expensive, or what you see on Instagram and Pinterest. If you're unsure, they are useful for some inspiration. However, it should simply be a reflection of you. You're not required to lace it with pentagrams, and weird symbols of things you don't understand. Find some basic elements for it, and go from there. Make your craft, your own. 

Ideas
Fire - Candles, Bell 
Earth - Salt, Soil, Crystals, herbs and flowers( cut or bought) 
Water - Bowl of water, or Cauldron filled with Water 
Air - Incense, Feather, Fan

I like to put things that are pretty and make me happy and connected with the goddess. If you have made gifts like eggs, flower crowns, place these offerings on your altar for Eostre. 

7. Go for a walk - The best way to connect with the Goddess and nature is just walking outside, with the fresh air, the earth beneath your feet and just being around flowers in your garden. Trip to the park or a forest trail will lift your soul and energy, plus finding twigs and leaves to take home for your altar is always a bonus - because it's free. 

We can always do the traditional painting Eggs, but I wanted to shed some light on how else we can connect to nature and try something new and useful for our spring. Personally, we love painting eggs growing up, but our children are still too young to fully understand, going out in the garden and chasing butterflies is currently what they are more interested in doing. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Spring Equinox and Ostara.

Many Blessings, 




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