What Is Ostara?

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Spring Equinox

Ostara is the Spring Equinox when both day and night are of equal length.

It is a time where often traditionally seeds are planted that will be gathered for the last harvest, though nature isn’t always accommodating for this so use sense, plant indoors to go outdoors if the weather isn’t favourable.

Often Ostara is on March the 21st, but the vernal equinox occurs anytime between the 19th and 26th of March. And from this point forward, the day starts to overcome the night.

This time of year also represents the Maiden form, full of life, vigour and fertility.  There is new life everywhere and so the egg has become a symbol for Ostara.

The name Ostara can be deemed to originate from the Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess Ēostre, by virtue of the month bearing her name Ēosturmōnaþ (literally translates as Ēostre Month, and was the modern equivalent of April) being a time where feasts were held in her honour, and has been replaced with what we know as Easter. Even the word Easter can be seen to originate from the name Ēostre, they even sound similar when spoken.

We also have a beautiful full moon tonight, a double whammy for manifestation, giving thanks, bringing in the new, time to make some wish boards, plant some seeds, clear out that which serves you no more, both physically in the house and emotionally.  De-clutter…pair down….simplify and give room to the light!

bunny and full moon

Acknowledging Ostara

Keeping it simple it’s a lovely idea to burn a yellow candle throughout the three days of the equinox celebration with Spring flowers and lemon oils and herbs to mark the occasion, giving thanks for the abundance of growth and light ahead.

Perform a seed blessing and indoor planting ritual

Have a traditional breakfast of buns, ham, and eggs.

Make natural egg dyes from herbs.

Colour hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.

Wishing you a beautiful Ostara, Justine xxx