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Ostara (March 21st)

Ostara, also spelled as Eostre, is the first day of Spring. Ostara symbolizes new life and is represented by rabbits and eggs. A wonderful day to celebrate the changing of the warmer season and celebrate the fertility of Earth.

Herbs

  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Lemon Balm
  • Rose Hips
  • Spring Flowers

Colours

  • Light Green
  • Light Purple
  • Light Yellow
  • Light Pink
  • Light Blue

Crystals

  • Clear Quartz
  • Rose Quartz
  • Jasper
  • Aquamarine

Food

  • Egg Dishes
  • Seeds (Sesame, Sunflower, Almonds, Pecans, etc.)
  • Lamb Dishes
  • Leafy Greens
  • Wine

Celebrating

  • A nature walk to see the changing season
  • Decorate eggs/ painting them
  • Plant seeds/ working on a garden
  • Herb work of any type
  • Pick/buy some flowers (make sure to ask permission before picking flowers and to thank them afterwards)
otsara (march 21)

ostara (also spelled eostre) is the sabbat in which the first day of spring is celebrated. it symbolizes a new life and a new start, and is represented by rabbits and eggs. ostara is a great day to celebrate the changing of the warmer season, and the changing of yourself as you progress spiritually. 

as ostara becomes closer, we will begin to see changes in weather, and changes in our daily moods. these are some common herbs, colors, crystals, and food associated with this sabbat. 

herbs
-lavender
-spring flowers
-lemon balm
-rose hips
-thyme

colors
-pastel green
-pastel blue
-pastel pink
-pastel yellow
-pastel purple

crystals
-jasper
-clear quartz
-rose quartz
-aquamarine

food
-leafy greens
-lamb dishes
-seeds
-egg dishes

celebrating
-start your spring garden! (herb garden)
-long walk to watch the season change
-make some rose sugar
-herbal work (herb masterpost

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Pagan Deities by Pre-Raphaelitism & Aestheticism paintings ~

~ Eostre of the spring .

~ Loki of the tricks.

~ Brighid of the Mantle.

~ Nott of the night. 

~ Skadi of the winter.

~ Freyja of the Valkyries. 

~ Artemis & Apollo siblings of harmony.

~ Rhiannon of dreams. 

Things to do for Ostara

Ostara is the spring festival, and the pagan pre-cursor to Easter, falling between the 20th and 22nd of March. Here are a list of easy things you can do to celebrate the festival at home!

  • Paint and decorate eggs! Hard boil them first and use vegetables to stain them or simply paint your designs onto them, they look lovely in a decorative bowl.
  • Collect a bunch of spring flowers, go outside with friends or while walking your dog and hunt for some pretty spring blooms. These might include daffodils, lesser celendines, dandelions, snow drops, primroses or blackthorn blossom. Be sure to be considerate with what you take, don’t take too much, and ensure to do your research first to make sure that none of the flowers you’re picking are endangered (such as bee orchids or cowslips). Place them in a pretty jug or vase with plenty of water to invite some life and spring freshness into your home. 
  • Bake bread! Any type of bread is good, but hot-cross-buns are traditional, the cross on representing the crucifixion to Christians, or the wheel of the year to pagans!
  • Do an Ostara-egg hunt, or an egg rolling competition. Simply line up your eggs with your fellow competitors at the top of a hill, and the first egg to reach the bottom wins! A great game for kids at this time of year, and a little different from the traditional egg-hunt. 
  • Light candles, place them in your window on Ostara Eve to symbolize your hope for the new season. 
  • Invite friends around and have an Ostara feast. Traditional seasonal foods include; lamb, rabbit, eggs, honey, bread, onions and leeks, potatoes, cakes, lemon, oranges, stews, soups and salads. 
  • Make an Ostara alter, dedicated to the goddess, or just the season itself. Decorate with painted eggs, rabbit/hare ornaments, candles, incense, fresh flowers and green and yellow cloth.

Have a blessed and safe Ostara everyone! <3

im too excited for ostara 🍬✨💕

first of all, ostara is celebrated on the same day with the turkic holiday nevruz. they are both meant for welcoming the spring, celebrating the beauty and warmth of nature and have very similar traditions. i’ll be attending a big ceremony and meeting new people of my culture and it’s going to be all music and treats and jumping over fire. after the ceremony i plan on going for a walk on the mountains -since they’re so near- and do a cozy ostara ritual, candles, cake & wine and appreciation. i hope to meet a wild bunny there !!

i am a baby witch so if you could give me some tips on celebrating ostara, it would mean the world to me, since it’s a very special sabbat for me 🌸✨🔮

With the hatcheries now taking orders for the season, I wanted to ask you to please, please think twice about giving chicks (or bunnies) as gifts for Easter.

Both are a decade-long commitment, and don’t stay small for long. Chickens can be noisy (especially if you end up with roosters), and they need a fenced yard and outdoor living space to keep them safe. The novelty *will* wear off, and children *will* lose interest.

So, instead of giving a chick as a gift, take your family to visit a local chicken-keeper who has them. Perhaps you can visit for an hour or two per week, helping with chores associated with caring for a flock (including the dirty ones). You may even get a dozen eggs for your effort. The quality time spent as a family will be a greater gift, and you may just spark a life-long love and appreciation for chickens and their guardians. ❤

So. Shall we go out onto the street, Easter my dear, and repeat the exercise? Find out how many passers-by know that their Easter festival takes its name from Eostre of the Dawn? Let’s see - I have it. We shall ask a hundred people. For every one that knows the truth, you may cut off one of my fingers, and when I run out of them, toes; for every twenty who don’t know you spend a night making love to me. And the odds are certainly in your favour here - this is San Francisco, after all. There are heathens and pagans and Wiccans aplenty on these precipitous streets.
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Mr. Wednesday (to Easter), from American Gods by Neil Gailman

Horus and Easter by MMeridian (resurrection)

They always called it Magic and indeed it seemed like it in the months that followed–the wonderful months–the radiant months–the amazing ones.

Oh! the things which happened in that garden! If you have never had a garden you cannot understand, and if you have had a garden you will know that it would take a whole book to describe all that came to pass there. At first it seemed that green things would never cease pushing their way through the earth, in the grass, in the beds, even in the crevices of the walls. Then the green things began to show buds and the buds began to unfurl and show color, every shade of blue, every shade of purple, every tint and hue of crimson. In its happy days flowers had been tucked away into every inch and hole and corner. Ben Weatherstaff had seen it done and had himself scraped out mortar from between the bricks of the wall and made pockets of earth for lovely clinging things to grow on. Iris and white lilies rose out of the grass in sheaves, and the green alcoves filled themselves with amazing armies of the blue and white flower lances of tall delphiniums or columbines or campanulas.

— 

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden