Energy, Spellwork and Ritual Themes
WHEN: March 20th, 21st or 22nd
- Spring Equinox
Ostara is bursting with energy! It is the time of year where everything is turning green with new life, the birds sing their sweet songs and there is a undercurrent of excitement for the coming of Spring.
Ostara is a time of rebirth and renewal, just look around you and you will see it everywhere. Where there was death and decay just a few weeks ago, now there is new growth and green shoots peeking out.
When working with the energy of this season, it is the perfect time to take your first actionable steps to make your dreams a reality. At Imbolc, you were filled with hope and began preparing for this phase, now it is time to put those plans and preparations into action.
My Ostara ritual always includes blessing and planting seeds that are intentionally tied to my hopes and dreams. There is nothing like seeing the seeds you plant and nurture burst into life. These seedlings are the perfect reminder that your dreams can and will manifest if you nurture them and take consistent action towards achieving them.
Ostara is also a time of balance. The day and night are of equal length and we are poised on entering the light half of the year. The lesson here is although you are beginning to take action, don't forget about balance. When you lose yourself to over-action, your dreams are in danger of going awry. This is one of the hardest lessons on the wheel, especially when you see things start to take shape. But, I promise, if you let yourself become a constant do-er, you will burn out and when your energy is needed to finally give birth to your dreams, you won't have the energy for that final push. Take it steady and slow and remember to rest when you need it.
On My Altar...
- Colorful Altar Cloths- My altar has two different altar cloths, one is a Spring print with turquoise and lots of pink and yellow flowers to represent the energy of the season. The other is bright green to pull in the vibrant energy of growth.
- Eggs -My altar contains a bunch of different eggs, since Ostara is all about rebirth and growth, so the egg is a perfect symbol to use on the altar. I have one special hollow egg that have placed on my altar for the last 10 or 12 Ostara's. It is decorated with words like abundance and manifest and I usually write down my dreams on a small piece of paper and place it inside. At Samhain, I will burn this paper as I begin my cycle again.
- Rabbits or Bunnies - My altar has an awesome green felt rabbit that I found at Target. The hare/rabbit was sacred to the Goddess Ostara and I just love this fun representation of the hare to honor the Goddess.
- Statue of Spring Goddess - I collect Barbie dolls (yes, I know, but I just loved her so much as a girl and she still brings me joy). On this altar, I've placed the Goddess Of Spring, to represent the Goddess Ostara.
- Maiden Goddesses
- The god in his prepubescent form is honored at Ostara
- The fool, the trickster, the playful god
- Bright Green is associated with Ostara because it represents new growth and the reawakening earth.
- Yellow to represent Joy, the sun and the many flowers that are beginning to bloom at this time of year.
- Lavender/Light Purple also a representation of the flowers beginning to bloom at this time of year.
- Pastels of all colors are plentiful at this time of year, to represent that energy of growth and birth, the bursts of color we see as we open our eyes to the blooming world around us.
- Yellow Calcite
- Green Aventurine
Herbs, Incense & Oils
- Rose Petals
- Orris Root
Sigils & Symbols
- Baby Chicks
- Spring Flowers such tulips, daffodils and lilacs
- Bulbs, Seeds and Seedlings
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