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All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox

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All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox

Ostara is the time to celebrate Spring and the new life it brings.

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Decorate your Ostara altar with symbols of the season.

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All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox

Welcome back the spring at Ostara.

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Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we're really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebrate. It's the time of the vernal equinox of you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it's a true marker that Spring has come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this Sabbat, depending on your tradition. First, you might want to read up on:

 

Rituals and Ceremonies

 

Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes -- such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground -- you'll know exactly how you should welcome the season.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying -- and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

 

Ostara Magic

 

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Why not take advantage of the season to do a bit of Spring magic?

 

Traditions and Trends

 

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of March? Learn why St. Patrick hated snakes, and why the Easter bunny brings eggs for us to eat!

 

Crafts and Creations

 

As Ostara rolls in, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with a St. Patrick's Day Snake Wreath or a basket of naturally-dyed eggs.

 

Feasting and Food

 

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring -- eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

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