As the days lengthen and the sun rises higher, it's time to celebrate Ostara! One of the most important pagan holidays of spring. Ostara marks the moment that day and night become perfectly balanced, with the light slowly becoming longer than darkness each day afterward. There are so many creative ways to celebrate and honor the goddess energy within you! Get inspired by rituals, meditations, and activities designed to bring out your spiritual side!
What Is Ostara And What Does The Spring Equinox Mean?
Ostara is a Pagan/Wiccan/Witch holiday that marks the beginning of spring and is seen as a time for cleansing, setting new intentions for the year ahead, and releasing any bad habits. It is named after the Maiden Goddess Ostara - The Goddess of Spring and Regrowth. It celebrates the beginning of spring, rebirth, and renewal and honors the sun's warmth, light, and energy.
The Spring Equinox is usually celebrated on March 20th - 22nd, when the night and day are equal lengths. This year, dates for the spring equinox and Ostara 2023 will take place on March 20th!
Symbols: Rabbits, Eggs, Butterflies, Fairies, Lambs and Spring Flowers.
Colors: Bright Pastels such as Yellow, Orange, Lavender, Green, Pink, and Blue.
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Moon Stone, or Lapis Lazuli
Food for Ostara: Sweet breads, Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Fruit, Eggs, Mint, Honey, and of course, Chocolate!
How To Celebrate Ostara.
Ostara is a beautiful time to celebrate the coming of spring and the promise of new beginnings. It's a time to let go of any difficulties you faced in the last year and embrace all the new opportunities coming to you. Ostara is also a great opportunity to mentally and spiritually cleanse yourself. Take time to create good intentions for the year, decorate your altar with fresh flowers, and cleanse your tarot cards. This is a chance for you to start again, so make sure you take advantage of it!
Cleanse and Dedicate Your Space.
This is a great way to help you center yourself and create a truly special and sacred environment. Smoke cleansing or smudging your space with sage or palo santo can help open your space's energy while also honoring the goddess within you.
Try dedicating an altar in your home and gather items that represent Ostara, like Spring Flowers, Colored Ribbons, Crystals for Joy and Rebirth, Decorated Eggs, and Pastel Candles!
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Create a Wheel of the Year Ritual.
A great way to honor the Goddess within is to create a meaningful ritual known as a Wheel of the Year. A Wheel of the Year ritual is an annual celebration that helps you honor each season as they transition throughout the year. To begin, light seven candles and reflect on how your soul can connect with nature each month by connecting yourself with different goddess energies and symbols. This will help you move forward with more balanced, powerful intentions.
Do Something with Nature.
Another ritual to celebrate Ostara is to create something with nature. For example, you could make an Ostara mandala of stones, leaves, and petals or create a wreath for your door to welcome in the warmer weather and invoke renewal within yourself. Finally, you could make an offering basket full of symbols representing what you want for yourself that season, like flowers or crystals!
Plant Something to Celebrate the Earth's Renewal.
Planting something is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and the earth. Plant something that speaks to you – a seed, a bulb, or even an entire plant! As you plant it, let it remind you of the symbolic renewal of energy that Ostara embodies, and know that your growing creation carries its own healing magic. Spend time getting your hands dirty, tending to the soil, and watching for new growth!
Seek Clarity Through Divination or Meditation.
Ready to connect spiritually with Ostara? Using a tarot spread is an ideal way to do so. Gather your cards, take some time to reflect on what comes up, and enjoy a drink as you meditate on each card. This simple three-card tarot spread is perfect for connecting yourself with the Ostara energy!
Ostara is the perfect time to get in touch with your inner wisdom and create a special space to feel inspired and focus on personal development. If divination is part of your spiritual practice, you could also use rune stones, or any other magical tool you may have to ask questions about transformation, renewal, and growth. You can also get clarity through meditation! Focusing on releasing whatever no longer serves you and setting intentions for what you wish for your future.
Looking for a list to celebrate All Pagan holidays and celebrations?
Pagan Holidays are celebrated in many different traditions and cultures around the world. Generally, these celebrations fall on the full moon, solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days. All pagan holidays offer an opportunity to mark the changing seasons by reconnecting with nature and honoring ancient spiritual practices!
Here is a list of all the dates for these celebrations being held throughout the world!
Imbolc: February 1st
Ostara (Spring Equinox): March 19th-22nd
Beltane: May 1st
Lughnasadh (Summer Solstice): June 19th-23rd
Lughnasadh: August 1st
Mabon (Autumn Equinox): September 21st-24th
Samhain: November 1st
Yule (Winter Solstice): December 20th - 23rd
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