Ostara

BLESSED OSTARA !!


Ostara History, & Lore

The winter, harsh and long, is now fading. The Earth is waking from Her frozen slumber and it’s time to rejoice in life, warmth and a renewal of the spirit. Come celebrate and worship with us as we give birth to all things fresh and new. Enjoy the hypnotic rhythms of the drum circle, the hugs of old friends, the laughter of children and the joy of togetherness. Let us reconnect with family, loved ones and friends, old and new as we turn the Wheel to Ostara.

OSTARA (pronounced O-STAR-ah) is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats, and is usually celebrated on the Vernal or Spring Equinox right around March 21 (although because of its origins, may instead be celebrated on the fixed date of March 25). Other names by which this Sabbat may be known are Oestara, Eostre's Day, Rite of Eostre, Alban Eilir, Festival of the Trees, and Lady Day. The Christian holiday of Easter is very near this same time, (notice the similarity in name?), and is determined as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox.

The name for this Sabbat actually comes from that of the Teutonic lunar Goddess, Eostre. Her chief symbols were the bunny (for fertility and because the Ancient Ones who worshipped her often saw the image of a rabbit in the full moon), and the egg (representing the cosmic egg of creation). This is where the customs of "Easter Eggs" and the "Easter Bunny" originated.

The role of the rabbit has two possible origins.

One tale is that the rabbit so loved his Goddess Eostre that he laid sacred eggs in her honor, then brightly colored them and gave them to her as gifts. 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. In thanks for its life being saved, the rabbit took the eggs and decorated them and left them as gifts for Eostre. Again, she was delighted and wanted all to share her joy, so the tradition continued.

Ostara is a time to celebrate the arrival of Spring, the renewal and rebirth of Nature herself, and the coming lushness of Summer. It is at this time when light and darkness are in balance, yet the light is growing stronger by the day. The forces of masculine and feminine energy, yin and yang, are also in balance at this time.

At this time we think of renewing ourselves. We renew our thoughts, our dreams, and our aspirations. We think of renewing our relationships. This is an excellent time of year to begin anything new or to completely revitalize something. This is also an excellent month for prosperity rituals or rituals that have anything to do with growth.



Correspondences

Other Names
Ostre, Oestre, Eostre, Rites of Spring, Eostra’s Day, Lady Day, First Day of Spring,
Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Alban Eiler, Bacchanalia

Dynamics/Meaning
The God comes of age, sexual union of the Lord & Lady, sprouting, greening,
balance of light and dark

Purpose
Plant and animal fertility, sowing

Gods/Goddesses
Hare, Green Man, Youthful Gods, Warrior Gods, Taliesin, Lord of the Greenwood (English),
Dagda(Irish), Cernunnos(Greco-Celtic), Pan(Greek), Adonis(Greek)

Eostre (Saxon Goddess of Fertility), Ostara (the German Goddess of Fertility) (Teutonic)
Kore, Maiden, Isis, Astarte(Persia, GrecoRoman), Ishtar(Babylonian), Minerva(Roman),
Youthful Goddesses. Faerie Queen, Lady of the Lake(Welsh-Cornish), the Green Goddess

Essence
Strength, birthing, completion, power, love, sexuality, embodiment of spirit,
fertility, opening, beginning

Tools, Symbols & Decorations
Colored eggs, baskets, green clothes, shamrock, equilateral cross, butterfly, cocoons,
sprouting plants; violets, lily, spring wildflowers, new clothes, lamb, hare/rabbit

Colors/Candles
Gold, light green, grass green, robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow, pale pink, anything pastel

Customs
Wearing green, new clothes, celtic bird festival, egg baskets coloring eggs,
collecting birds eggs, bird watching, egg hunts, starting new projects, spring planting

Animals/Mythical beings
Unicorn, merpeople, pegasus, rabbit/easter bunny, chicks, swallows, snakes

Gemstones
Rose quartz, moonstone, amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper

Herbs
Blessed thistle, evergreen, moss, oak, sage, bay, bayberry, cedar, pine, frankincense,
ginger, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, myrrh, pinecones, rosemary, chamomile,
cinnamon, valarion, yarrow

Incense/Oil
African violet, lotus, jasmine, rose, magnolia, sage lavender, narcissus,
ginger, broom, strawberry

Rituals/Magicks
Personal renewal, world peace, honoring family & friends, Festival of light, meditation

Foods
Light foods, fish, maple sugar candies, hot crossed buns, sweet breads,
hard boiled eggs, honey cakes, seasonal fruits, milk punch, egg drinks