Ostara is the Spring Equinox. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstandings about its origin but one thing remains the same….it’s about beginnings. It is during this time of year that winter is behind us. The ground had been awoken and new life is beginning to sprout from it. We see baby animals and birds come out and begin looking for food and exploring. The Sun is getting stronger and a glimpse of his warm touch is on our skin. Our days are getting longer and we too yearn to be outdoors, out of hibernation. We have made many plans for the year and we are anxious to get started planting those seeds. Cold crops may be peaking their noses out of our soil, while the warm weather crops are growing slowly within the safety of our window sills. The last frosts have not passed just yet. Mother Nature is still finicky and for every inch forward she occasionally takes two steps back, hesitant on her journey. However, that journey is undoubtedly unfolding and anticipation is building.
We take this sabbat to celebrate life, rebirth, fertility and the purity all around us. We remember our mythology and the story of Brigid and her Hare. During a walk one day Brigid finds an injured bird. It was no longer able to fly and she loved the bird and wanted to help it. So, she turned it into a rabbit and gifted it with the ability to lay eggs of every different color. After angering Brigid, she got very upset and she threw the rabbit into the sky making it into a constellation named Lepus. Lepus is able to return to the Earth to gift children with its beautiful eggs only one day of the year.
Whatever name we call our Ostara Goddess, we need to be sure to take the time to ask for her blessing. We honor her in her time of fertility and ask for her blessings throughout the year in our home, our crops, and in all other areas of our lives. Cynnamon Charmed offers several products that can help you do just that. Our hollow eggs have holes in the bottom to insert a paper scroll with inscribed wishes and sought blessings, our egg shells can be gotten individually or as part of a complete Ostara kit and used to bless your soil, inside or outside, for a bountiful harvest. Our magickal Ostara wreaths contain powerful herbal blends that draw love, fertility, fortune, luck and abundance within the home while keeping unwanted energy out.
Some activities you could participate in with your family includes baking hot cross buns, picking and making a nice salad from handpicked spring greens and flowers, boiling and decorating eggs, or planting seeds. I have always been a big believer when asking for blessings from the Goddesses of nature, to get out there and be present where she is at. Being stuck inside cooking doesn’t give you the same connection as being outdoors where Mother Earth lives. Put your hands on the soil, your feet on the grass, smell the moist air and feel the brisk wind in your hair…… and then you will be connected to your Goddess. Don’t get wrapped up in hosting, cooking and conversation and completely lose sight for the reason of the season. Blessed Ostara!
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