Spirit Message of the Day – Celebrate Ostara The Spring Equinox 2011

Ostara – The Spring Equinox 2011

It’s time to celebrate Spring at Ostara. If you’re one of our Northern Hemisphere readers, you’re celebrating Ostara on March 20, while down below the Equator it’s time for Mabon. Either way, this is a time of year in which we can celebrate balance — there are equal hours of light and darkness in each day. For those of you observing Ostara, this is a time of rebirth and renewal as the earth comes back to life.

What is Ostara?

Ostara is the beginning of spring. It’s the time when new life begins to appear in the ground, despite the continuing chill in the air. The spring equinox has been marked for eons by people in a variety of different cultures and belief systems, and there is a great deal of folklore surrounding this time of the year.

Ostara History

Deities of Spring

Spring Equinox Around the World

Setting Up Your Ostara Altar

Ostara Prayers

Ostara Rites and Rituals

Celebrate the season of Ostara, the spring equinox, with rituals and rites that honor the season of rebirth and renewal!

Ostara Rite for Solitaries

Ostara Rebirthing Ritual

Labyrinth Meditation for Spring

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit

The Magic of Ostara

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal as the earth comes back to life. Why not celebrate the themes of the season with a little bit of spring magic?

Egg-Laying Bunnies and Mad March Hares

Garden Magic

The Magic of Serpents

Spring Flower Magic

All About Mabon, The Autumn Equinox

If you’re one of our Southern Hemisphere readers, you’re watching the autumn equinox approach right now. It’s a time of harvest and bounty, and the gifts of the earth are to be celebrated and treasured.

Mabon History

Mabon Rituals

Mabon Traditions and Folklore

Mabon Prayers

Mabon Magic

What is Ostara?

Ostara Customs, Traditions and Folklore

Ostara, the spring equinox, has plenty of folkore and customs connected to it. From the festivals of ancient Rome to the colorful egg hunt, learn about some of the traditions surrounding the spring season.

Floralia: The Roman May Day Celebration

Long before the medieval peasantry of the British Isles erected their Maypoles, the ancient Romans were partying hard in honor of Flora, their spring fertility goddess. She had her very own festival, called Floralia, and there was all kinds of merrymaking going on!

Beware the Ides of March!

March 15th is known as the Ides of March, and seems to come with dire warnings attached. Learn a bit about why this day is seen as a dangerous time for some people!

Ostara Cooking

Looking for recipes to brighten up your Ostara celebration? Here’s where you’ll find information on seasonal treats such as eggs, breads, light soups, salads, and desserts for the Sabbat.

Mint Chutney

Use fresh mint leaves to make a tasty chutney for your Ostara celebration. Serve it with meat, or on top of roasted veggies.

Roasted Lamb

Ostara is the time of the spring lambs, and this marinated and roasted leg of lamb is the perfect dish for your Ostara celebrations.

Ostara Crafts

If you’d like to jazz up your altar, walls, or the entire house with decorations for Ostara, here’s where you’ll find several fun and easy craft projects. There’s more to this time of year than colored eggs, so be sure to check out these ideas!

Make a Spring Weather Station

Ostara is a time of year when weather can change dramatically, often at a moment’s notice. Set up a home weather station so you and your family can track changes in rain fall, wind direction, temperature, and barometric pressure.

Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara

At Ostara, it’s still too cold to plant your seeds outside, but you can certainly get your seedlings started indoors. Make an indoor greenhouse, put it in a sunny spot, and watch your garden begin!

From Patti Wigington, your Guide to Paganism / Wiccan on About.com

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