🌸Happy Spring Equinox!!🌸

Some things to do to celebrate: 

🌼 Plant something new

🌸 Care for your existing plants (like trimming and adding fertilizer, or lending energy for growth, or doing a spell for them etc.) 

🌼 Divination questions about who you’re becoming, where you’re going, how you’ve grown, how much more growing you still have to do

🌸 If you have pets, this is a good time to get them something, like a new squeaky ball or a nice catnip mouse to play with

🌼 Meditating in nature (If you’re like me and live up north and there’s still a foot of snow outside you can meditate indoors. Try using nature sounds in the background, they have loads on youtube) 

Ostara Honey Cake

This will be my first Ostara so I’ve been putting together my recipes for the event. The following recipe is a dairy and egg free cake with a hint of honey; a simple recipe I’ve modified. It can even be gluten free if you substitute a gluten free all purpose flour (I personally like Bob’s Mill) Perfect desert for the sabbat! It’s simple, not overly sweet, and I’ll be putting a light lemon glaze on top, but it would be wonderful plain. A perfect finish to bring in Spring/Summer.

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup honey, warmed
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons oil
2 cups water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 – 9 inch round cake pans then dust with flour. Warm honey in 10 second intervals in microwave until it moves around bowl like a liquid (DO NOT let it boil) Add the flour, sugar, honey, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl. Add the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix with a whisk until well-blended. Do not over beat. It will still turn out even if there are a few small lumps. Divide the batter between the 2 greased cake pans. Bake on a middle rack of oven for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before frosting, dust with powdered sugar, or dive in while warm with a fork. Mmm, tasty!🐰🐥🐏🍰

cheap, easy ways to decorate your altar for the sabbats
  • Imbolc/Candlemas: seeds or bulbs, candles, red and white
  • Ostara: flowers, eggs, milk, honey
  • Beltane: flowers, ribbons, acorns
  • Litha: oak leaves, sun symbols, sunflowers
  • Lammas: bread, wheat, beer, honey, corn dolls, iron
  • Mabon: fall leaves, cornstalks, grapes and grape vines, pomegranates, apples
  • Samhain: tarot cards, mirror, food offerings, mulled wine, dark bread
  • Yule: holly, pine cones, mistletoe, fruits, nuts, bells
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It’s definitely looking like Spring around here! 🌷🐇

Yesterday I set up another small crystal grid on my beautiful Nyxturna altar tile, this time in honor of the Spring Equinox / Ostara. The crystals I chose are rose quartz, selenite, and my favorite smoky quartz point. I also have pink chrysanthemums which are supposed to symbolize a long life and good luck in the home. 🌸✨

The Wheel of the Year

Imbolc: Hell yeah it’s almost spring

Ostara: Hell yeah it’s spring 

Beltane: Hell yeah it’s summer 

Midsummer: Hell yeah it’s the middle of the summer

Lughnasadh: Hell yeah it’s the first harvest 

Mabon: Hell yeah it’s the second harvest 

Samhain: Hell yeah it’s the last harvest

Yule: Hell yeah it’s winter

🍀 🍄A summary of the Sabbats 🍄🍀

When I was a baby witch, it was really difficult for me to understand the Sabbats and the wheel of the year. To help all my baby witches, I made a short summary to make it easier. 

🎄 Yule (Date: on the winter solstice, dec. 20-23) 🎄

This is the Sabbat for celebrating rebirth. Many people celebrate it similarly to Christmas, with gift giving, feasting, and wreath making. People will often kiss a consenting partner under a sprig of mistletoe for good luck.

🐏  Imbolc (Date: feb. 2) 🐏 

This Sabbat celebrates the return of spring. People make corn dollies and set them in a basket next to a symbol of masculinity. Many Witches will clean out their homes during Imbolc.

🐣 Ostara (Date: on the vernal equinox, Mar. 20-23) 🐣 

This Sabbat celebrates the coming time of fertility. Egg decorating is common during this time.

🔥 Beltane (Date: May 1) 🔥

This Sabbat focuses on fertility. Many Pagans choose to conceive children at this time (or just to enjoy themselves sexually with a partner). Beltane festivals are often high energy, with plenty of dancing and bonfires. 

☀️ Litha (Date: on the summer solstice, Jun 20-23) ☀️

A Sabbat for celebrating the longest day of the year, as well as for mourning the shortening days after. Some Witches burn bonfires or light candles to represent the Sun.

🌾 Lughnasadh (Date: Aug 1 -> 1 day before my birthday!) 🌾

I love this Sabbat but I’m not able to pronounce this name :). This is the first of the three harvesting Sabbats. There are festivals of grain and bread. People make gingerbread men during this time.

🍁 Mabon (Date: on the autumnal equinox, sep. 20-23) 🍁

This is the second of the three harvesting Sabbats. Witches give thanks to the Earth and the harvest. Celebraters will make and drink wine at this time.

⛄️ Samhain (Date: nov. 1) ⛄️

This is the last of the three harvesting Sabbats. It is also the festival of the dead. The veil is at its thinnest at this time. Witches will sometimes hold a big feast during Samhain.

Feel free to contact me if you have more questions!

Blessings, 

Myhiddenworldblog 

Ostara Tea

since i cant do much for Ostara this year i figured the least i could do is come up with a nice tea recipe in celebration for it, i came up with this from what herbs i have on hand here at school. 

Materials 

  • ¼th lavender 
  • 1part rose 
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1/2 chamomile 
  • ¼th rosemary 
  • a pinch of cinnamon 
  • a healthy splash or two of milk
  • a good spoonful of honey (preferably local) 

boil water,  then steep herbs mixture for  5-10 minutes once steeped strain/ remove the herbs. then add the honey and milk. Serve in your favorite mug and enjoy.

Also dont forget to leave some outside as an offering. (i usually pour it onto the roots of one of my favorite trees) 

-HoneyCoyote-

ALWAYS research herbs and other ingredients before use to make sure they wont cause any medical complications 

Offering stones

When taking something from nature, such as herbs, it is nice to give something back. You can leave these lovely air-dry stones in places such as the forest as a way to say thank you. Leaving these in nature is also totally safe for the environment. You can also offer these to a god/goddess.

Recipe:

2 cups of baking soda

1 cup of corn starch

1 ½ cups cold water

Mix until smooth, then put it in a pan and stir until it boils. Keep stirring until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Let it cool and take the clay out of the pan. It should feel really smooth and you will probably play with it alot before you are even going to make the stones :)

I added some herbs and flowers, such as rosemary, lavender, roses, carnations, thyme, cloves, cinnamon, some blue flowers of which I don’t know the name and some orange berries that I found near the park.

I just made a little ball, then made a hole in it and added some herbs.

Now you can decorate it! You can add anything and shape them in any way you want. As you can see I made some squares, hearts, blobs and even an easter egg :) I’ve seen some people use glitter and I recommend you don’t add any glitter since that is actually bad for the environment. I tried using normal white sugar as an alternative, but i noticed that the stones got kind of wet, which I should’ve seen coming. Not sure what’s going to happen when it dries so I’ll keep you guys updated.

I’m so happy with these and I am definitely going to use these for Ostara ^^ Of course you can use this recipe to make anything you want, not just offering stones. 

I hope this was helpful for you guys ^-^

Ostara and The Spring Equinox

March 10th 2016

     Ostara is coming up! It is on March 20th 2016 this year. Spring is a time of rebirth, regrowth, and renewal. Ostara was essentially named after the German spring Goddess, Eostre. Ostara is a time of fertility and and sowing seeds.   

Ways to celebrate:

  • Take a walk through a local park.
  • Lay in the grass.
  • Press some flowers. (Note: Be mindful, take only what you need.)
  • Take some pictures of spring. Make a collage with them or place some pictures on your Altar.
  • Plant a tree, Give back to nature.
  • Go for a walk and bask in nature.
  • Collect stones, feathers, leaves.
  • Celebrate in you coven. (If you have one.)  
  • Decorate your altar according to Ostara.
  • If you are a solitary witch do your own ritual.
  • Send a prayer to thank nature.
  • Pray to the Spring/Nature God or Goddess. 
  • Pay attention to the birds, the blooming flowers, the leaves growing on trees.
  • Stare up at the sky.
  • Meditate in Nature.
  • Paint Ostara eggs in bright spring colours.


Incense:

  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sage


Symbols:

  • Rabbits
  • Eggs
  • Spring flowers (Snowdrops, Crocuses)
  • Butterflies


Colours:

  • Pale Green
  • Yellow
  • Light Pink
  • White
  • Light Blue


Ostara Deities

  • Persephone
  • Blodeuwedd
  • Eostre
  • Aphrodite
  • Athena
  • Cybele
  • Gaia
  • Hera
  • Isis
  • Ishtar
  • Minerva
  • Venus
  • the Green Man
  • Cernunnos
  • The Dagda
  • Attis
  • The Great Horned God
  • Mithras
  • Odin
  • Thoth
  • Osiris
  • Pan
  • Artemis


Plants and Herbs:

  • crocus flowers
  • daffodils
  • jasmine
  • Irish moss
  • snowdrops
  • ginger


Sources: thewhitegoddess.co.uk, 13 moons.com, paganwiccan.about.com.

Have a Happy Ostara!

==Moonlight Academy==