Between September 20 and 23
Pronounced â€œoh-stah-rahâ€ (â€™ohâ€™ like â€œhostageâ€).
Alban Eiler ~ Eostr ~ Lady's Day ~ Spring Equinox
The God and Goddess are both youthful, vibrant and innocent. Everything is growing and maturing. As the days grow longer, the God and Goddess begin to wonder about each other.
Awakening, strong growth,
resurgence, renewal, transformation, change, energy, hatching, budding, egg,
lemongrass, honeysuckle, spearmint.
White, pastel yellows and greens.
Ostara is a celebration of life and fertility. Symbols include fertile animals (rabbits) and eggs - a symbol of new life and new beginnings. The festival is associated with Venus, the Goddess of Love and also with childhood and new life. Ostara is the Norse Goddess of fertility and she is also honoured on this day.
It is one of the two annual points of equilibrium and balance. Ostara is a time for collecting wildflowers, and baskets of flowers are traditional. Also traditional are hats and bonnets decorated with flowers and feathers.
During this time, the snow begins to melt
away, the days are warmer and longer. Looking around we see new birth
everywhere, from homes on the hillside to the animals in the fields. Life
has begun again. This is the time to plant the seeds of flowers, herbs and
veggies and to buy a new ritual broom.
Spring flowers, nests, decorated eggs, nuts, seeds.