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Celebrate Ostara with crafts, recipes, and rituals welcoming the change of seasons at the spring equinox.
At Ostara, around March 21, the light is equal to the darkness. This is the time of the spring equinox, and is a great time to celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land. Because of its close association with the Christian Easter holiday, Ostara is known as a time of fertility and abundance.
Spring is here, or at least it's on its way, when you welcome the spring equinox.
A number of Practitioner deities are associated with the spring equinox. No matter what your tradition, chances are good that there's a god or goddess tied in with the fertility and rebirth of spring.
Ostara is the spring equinox, and so is considered a time of rebirth. New life is appearing all around, and so for many Practitioners, it's also a time of symbolic rebirth.
Ostara is a good time to unleash a bit of Spring silliness.
With spring comes blooms and blossoms everywhere.
Although for Practitioners this time of year is known as Ostara, many other cultures and belief systems embrace the Spring Equinox as a time of celebration.
The ancient Romans, who loved a good festival, set aside March 1 to celebrate the Matronalia. It eventually evolved into Mother's Day, but was originally set aside as a day of honoring a goddess of childbirth and motherhood.
Eostre is frequently mentioned in NeoPractitioner writings, but it's pretty hard to find any scholarly information about her. Is Eostre truly a goddess of early Germanic peoples, or is she the product of modern imaginations?
March 15th is known as the Ides of March, and seems to come with dire warnings attached.
St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland, but to many Practitioners, he symbolizes religious conflict.
Are Easter eggs considered Practitioner traditions or not? After all, the egg is a fertility symbol... but how did the egg come to be associated with rabbits?
Vernal Equinox….. “Ostara” (Spring)
March 20 2014 16:57 GMT