Ostara Blessings to all. Today is the Spring Equinox.
The Wheel turns to that special point of balance. On this day, light and dark are equal, but the light is surpassing the dark, warmth is taking over cold, life is taking over death, today we truly say goodbye to winter. The young horned God is growing stronger and the Goddess is in her maiden form.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we look forward to the longer and warmer days. We notice the buds forming on the branches, the birds returning and animals coming out of hiding, flowers will start to shoot and the grass will become lush and green.
The young Sun God takes notice of the Maiden Goddess and the stirrings within them seem to be felt in all living creatures. All the world seems renewed– refreshed– and bursting with possibilities.
Ostara is an Anglo Saxon and Celtic fertility festival that would worship the Goddess Ostara or Eostre, as she is also known. Eggs and rabbits are her fertility symbols, the egg resembles new life and birth and the rabbit signifies fertility. Ostara is all about rebirth. Other Goddesses worshiped on this day are Ishtar and Persephone who were both resurrected from death on this day.
The Horned Sun God also known as the Oak King or the Lord of Light is also worshiped. The Gods Pan and Cernunnos, and Sun Gods such as Sol, Apollo Ra, and Horus are included. In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth. His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each year during the time of the Spring Equinox.
Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic Goddess Ostara. Her feast day was held on the first full moon following the Spring equinox, almost the identical calculation as the Christian Easter.
Ostara is a time of newness and rebirth, it is a time to clear out all our old junk and clean it all out. This is precisely where we get the term “spring cleaning” from. But it isn’t just clearing out our homes, it is also clearing out the junk and negative energy that we carry around with us. Let the new energies of the Sun and Spring rejuvenate us. Welcome in the new. Breathe new life into yourself and look to the future with hope and optimism.
On Ostara it is customary to plant new seeds, especially herbs, to use in spell work and watch them grow over the coming months, adding your wishes and desires to the plants. Also plant seeds of thought and new ideas and cultivate them, let them grow and become.