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)
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
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

Deities associated with the Sabbats

(if I left anyone out, please comment below and let me know! I will add them to the list)

🌲 Yule 🌲

Alcyone, Ameratasu, Apollo, Astarte, Baldur, Bona Dea, Callilleach Bheur, Demeter, Dionysus, Frau Holle, Frigga, Hodr, Holly King, Horus, Isis, Jesus, La Befana, Lord of Misrule, Lugh, Mithras, Morrigan, Odin, Osiris, Pandora, Ra, Saturn, Spider Woman, Virgin Mary

🌸 Imbolc 🌸

Aenghus Og, Aphrodite, Aradia, Artemis, Athena, Bastet, Brighid, Ceres, Cerridwen, Diana, Eros, Faunus, Februa, Februus, Gaia, Hestia, Inanna, Minerva, Pan, Venus, Vesta

🐣 Ostara 🐣

Adonis, Aphrodite, Asase Yaa, Attis, Coatlicue, Cybele, Dylan, Eostre, Freya, Isis, Lady of the Lake, Lord of the Greenwood, Ma-ku, Minerva, Mithras, Odin, Osiris, Persephone, Rheda, Saraswati

🌹 Beltane 🌹

Artemis, Astarte, Bacchus, Bes, Cernunnos, Diana, Dionysus, Flora, Green Man, Hera, Kokopelli, Marve, Maia, Oshun, Pan, Priapus, Sheela-na-Gig, Xochiqurtzal

🌻 Litha 🌻

Aditi, Apollo, Amaterasu, Aten, Beiwe, Hestia, Horus, Huitzilopochtil, Juno, Lugh, Sulis Minerva, Sunna/Sol, Vesta

🌾 Lammas 🌾

Adonis, Attis, Baal, Ceres, Cronus, Dagon, Danu, Demeter, Hestia, Lugh, Mercury, Neper, Parvati, Pomona, Renenutet, Saturn, Sobek, Tailtiu, Tammuz, Vesta

🍁 Mabon 🍁

Arawn, Archangel Michael, Ashtoreth, Bacchus, Cernunnos, Cerridwen, Dagda, Dionysus, Dumuzi, Epona, Freya, Green Man, Hathor, Hermes, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Modron, Morrigan, Pamona, Persephone, Snake Woman, Thor, Thoth

💀 Samhain 💀

Arianhod, Belili, Cernunnos, Cerridwen, Dagda, Demeter, Dionysus, Ereshkigal, Hathor, Hecate, Hel, Herne, Inanna, Isis, Lilith, Ma'at, Marduk, Minerva, Morrigan, Nantosuelta, Nephthys, Odin, Osiris, Pan, Pomona, Sheshat, Tammuz, Tara, Thor

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!🐰🐥🐏🍰

Intuitive Prompts for Ostara. Inspired by The Major Arcana.

Ostara marks the Vernal Equinox. This is a time of equilibrium. That of light and darkness. Neither frigid winter nor harsh summer, but a time of fertility and new growth. Forward thinking and childlike wonder. It is with this spirit that I present this challenge:

Begin on the last day of February with, Trust, and let the first of March be, Opportunity. Draw one card each day, and focus your intuition on how it relates to the daily prompt. Use this time to free yourself of all that has held back your progress. Approach all things with gentle eyes and a caring heart. Let your overall focus be on self growth and fertility.

I encourage you to share your experience through posts with the hashtag, #intuitiveostara. Please use tarot, oracle or whatever divination tools you feel drawn to. Blessed be your seeds of self growth.

0. Trust.
1. Opportunity.
2. Wisdom.
3. Nurture.
4. Authority.
5. Control.
6. Choice.
7. Destiny.
8. Conquer.
9. Sanctuary.
10. Time.
11. Order.
12. Consciousness.
13. Release.
14. Grace.
15. Allure.
16. Awakening.
17. Hope.
18. Intuition.
19. Growth.
20. Confession.
21. Completion.

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== 

Rosemary Potatoes

Ingredients:

700g Small new potatoes
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
½ teaspoon Salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ Tablespoons Fresh rosemary, chopped

Cover new potatoes with water and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Drain and toss potatoes in pan over heat until outside of potatoes are dry. Add olive oil, salt, garlic, and fresh rosemary. Place potatoes in a pan, in one layer, and bake in a 180°C oven until crispy and browned, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with roasted and grilled meats or poultry.

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