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Ostara Rites and Rituals

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Ostara, the spring equinox, falls around March 21 in the northern hemisphere. It is a season of balance, when the light is equal to the darkness. This is a great time to celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land. Ostara is known as a time of fertility and abundance, a season to welcome back life after the cold, dark winter. If you're trying to figure out what sort of ritual to incorporate into your Ostara celebrations, try one of these, and adjust it as needed to suit your particular tradition and practice.

1. Setting Up Your Ostara Altar

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Ostara is a time of balance, as well as a season of renewal. Use symbols of the season to decorate your Ostara altar - bright spring colors, rabbits and eggs, newly planted bulbs and seedlings are all things you can incorporate into an altar to reflect the themes of Ostara, the spring equinox. Setting Up Your Ostara Altar

 

2. Ostara Ritual for Solitaries

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This basic ritual welcomes the spring and embraces the balance of the season. If you are able to do this ritual outdoors, as the sun comes up on Ostara, it can feel even more magical. Like all of our rituals, this can be adjusted as needed for your tradition, or even adapted into a group ceremony. Ostara Ritual for Solitaries

 

3. Ostara Rebirth Ritual

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Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it's the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing -- you can perform this rite either as a solitary, or as a part of a group ceremony. Ostara Rebirth Ritual

 

4. Ostara Labyrinth Meditation

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The labyrinth has long been considered a place of magic and introspection. Labyrinthine designs have been found in nearly every major religion, and are an integral part of many ancient cultures. Labyrinths have been found all over the world. They are, in essence, a magical geometric shape which helps define sacred space. A labyrinth is not the same as a maze -- there is only one path in, and one path out. Ostara Labyrinth Meditation

 

5. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit

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Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there's no reason we can't have a good time with it as well. If you've got kids -- or even if you don't -- this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year! Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, don't even bother clicking the link. Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit

6. Earth Meditation

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Try this simple meditation to help you attune to the element of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. This is a perfect meditation to perform outdoors at the beginning of spring. Earth Meditation

 

7. Prayers for Ostara

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If you're looking for prayers to celebrate the Ostara sabbat, try some of these short devotionals to honor the beginnings of spring.

Children's Ostara Chant
If you have children, you may want to include them in your Ostara celebrations this spring. Teach them this simple rhyming chant, and clap along as you welcome the season of rebirth!

Garden Blessing for Ostara
Getting ready to till the soil and prepare it for spring planting? Say this garden blessing before you begin.

Prayer for The Resurrection of the Earth
This springtime prayer honors the rebirth of life that comes each spring.

Prayer Honoring the Goddesses of Spring
This prayer honors the goddesses of spring in their many different aspects.

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