Celebrating Ostara, the Spring Equinox

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With the arrival of March comes the promise of spring—the month is said to roar in like a lion, and if we're really lucky, 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 if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it's a true marker that Spring and warmer, sunnier days have come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this Sabbat, depending on your tradition.

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.

  • Setting Up Your Ostara Altar: Try these tips to set up your altar for the Spring Equinox.
  • Ostara Ritual for Solitaries: This simple ritual is designed with the solo practitioner in mind.
  • Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit: This somewhat silly Ostara rite for kids is nonetheless fun for the whole family.
  • Ostara Rebirthing Ritual: Celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal with this rite.
  • Earth Meditation: As the earth begins to warm back up, use this meditation to help get yourself grounded.
  • Celebrating Ostara with Kids: Got little Pagans? Here are some great ways to include them in your Ostara celebrations.

Ostara Magic

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Why not take advantage of the season to do a bit of Spring magic? Now is a good time to use spring to work on magic related to rebirth and growth.

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.

Here are some more crafty ways to celebrate the season:

  • 5 Easy Decorations for Ostara: Bring the season inside with these five simple seasonal decorations.

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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