Awaking from Winter: Celebrating the Spring Equinox

Awaking from Winter: Celebrating the Spring Equinox

Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox, is a time of renewal and rebirth. It falls on March 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere and September 20th or 21st in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

This holiday is a celebration of the return of the sun and the longer days that come with it. It's a time to honor the fertility of the earth and the growth of new life. Ostara is also associated with the goddess Eostre, who symbolizes fertility, renewal, and new beginnings.

If you're looking to celebrate Ostara, here are some ideas for rituals and activities:

  1. Create an Ostara altar: Use colors associated with spring such as green, pink, and yellow, and decorate your altar with symbols of fertility and renewal such as eggs, flowers, and rabbits.

  2. Light candles: Light candles in honor of the returning sun and the rebirth of nature.

  3. Plant seeds: Plant seeds for herbs, vegetables, or flowers. This is a perfect time to start your garden.

  4. Take a nature walk: Take a walk in nature and observe the signs of spring. Look for new growth, budding trees, and flowers.

  5. Make an offering to the earth: Make an offering to the earth in honor of the fertility of the earth. Offerings can be as simple as a handful of seeds, a small piece of fruit, or some bread.

  6. Celebrate with a feast: Cook a meal using seasonal ingredients such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Bake a special cake or bread for the occasion.

  7. Perform a ritual: Perform a ritual to honor the balance between light and dark, and the return of the sun. This can include lighting candles, saying prayers, and making offerings to the gods and goddesses.

Ostara is a time to celebrate new beginnings and embrace the energy of renewal that comes with the changing seasons. Whether you choose to celebrate with a simple ritual or a full-blown feast, take some time to connect with the energy of the earth and embrace the new possibilities that come with the return of the sun.

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