How to Celebrate Ostara

Ostara, Spring Equinox

Wondering how to celebrate Ostara? Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, lands on March 20th this year and is the second (of three) spring festivals on the Wheel of the Year.

Night and day are now of equal length (think about the balance of light vs. dark, feminine vs. masculine, and so on). This Sabbat truly marks a time of rebirth and renewal.

Ostara (AKA Ēostre) is a Germanic spring goddess who represents dawn. She oversees all the blooming florals and the emerging fertility of earth. The Horned God (who also plays a role in Ostara) is shown typically as the god Pan. Pan symbolizes the festive amusement of nature through dancing and hunting.

Symbols associated with the Sabbat Ostara include flowers, eggs, and rabbits. Collect water from the dew on leaves or petals or collect water from a brook or creek. In ancient times, it was believed washing with this could restore youth. Prepare your soil for your herb seedlings. Get outside and explore nature, lay in grass, or hike through a local forest. Meditate by observing all the new plants, flowers, birds around you.

Don’t forget to complete your spring cleaning during this time. Bake a honeycake or adorn your altar with fresh spring flowers. Add eggs to your altar as well; if you’re feeling crafty, you can go the traditional route and decorate your eggs! Lover of crystals? For Ostara, create an Ostara crystal grid using rhodonite (for fertility), tiger’s eye (to replenish your energy), serpentine (to shed your winter coat), rose quartz (for harmony), moss agate (to promote growth of new plants) and moonstone (to welcome calm emotions). Incorporate these and other elements into your rituals, altars, and Ostara feast!

Looking to learn more about the Wiccan Sabbats? Read our blog on the Wheel of the Year and what to celebrate in 2021.

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