Equinox (March 21)
Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted
borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light.
From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the
sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power
peaks at Summer Solstice in June.
Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark
are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to
burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.
Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of
spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal
Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she
was believed to take the form of a rabbit.
Herbs to use in your magic at Ostara: lily of
the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac,
violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower
seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip,
broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
Color hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the
Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture,
prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection,
Consecrate the eggs:
In the name of the Goddess of Spring,
(name); and the ever-returning God of the Sun, (name); By the powers of
the four elements -- earth, air, fire, and water; I do consecrate these
eggs of Ostara..
Point the athame at the eggs, make the sign of the
pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and
New life lies within as new life shall
enter the soil. Let those who seek this life find it and consume it, for
all life feeds on life.
The eggs may be hidden and an Ostara Egg Hunt commences.
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