Ostara is the celebration of the Spring or Vernal Equinox. It generally falls on March 21st, and is the time when the hours of day and night are equal. It is a time of balance and poise; a time of building anticipation as we look forward to the longer, warmer days ahead.
This year I am very much looking forward to some warmer weather. It has been wet and grey here for about 3 weeks, and very windy. Windy weather can be great for shaking up stale energy, blowing away negativity, and generally freshening things up. However, when it goes on for days and days it can become quite draining. It is important to remember to take shelter, to find calm spots, and to allow our energies to settle.
The other element of the celebration of Ostara is that it marks the start of Spring proper. It is a time of new life and new beginnings. The main symbol of the egg is well known, and seen all over the world in Easter eggs (called Paaseitjes in Dutch). It represents fertility and new life. A great activity for this time of year is dying eggs, or blowing them hollow and then painting designs on them. A small piece of Ostara magic involves writing your intentions for the next season onto the shell of an egg, burying it in the ground and planting a seed above it. As the plant flourishes, so will your intentions.
I will be celebrating Ostara with a spring cleaning session, a renewing of the blessings and protections on our home, decorating our living space with flowers, eggs and bunnies, and baking treats for us all to enjoy. You can follow on my Instagram Stories to see my various preparations for Ostara over the coming week.