Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Is Here ~ Happy Ostara!

Spring Is Here ~ Happy Ostara!

Date: March 20th

Other Names: Lady Day, Alban Eiler, Ostara, Vernal Equinox

Element: Fire

Herbs: Daffodil, Gorse, Iris, Irish Moss, Jasmine Jonquils, Magnolia, Narcissus, Nasturtium, Olive, Peony, Spring flowers, Tansy, Violet, Woodruff

Oils/Incense: African Violet, Jasmine, Lotus, Magnolia, Rose, Strawberry

Colors: Green, Lavender, Light Blue, Pink, Violet, Yellow

Stones: Jasper

Foods: Dairy foods, Eggs, Leafy green vegetables, Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine Nuts, Sprouts

Symbols: Chicks, Decorated baskets, Eggs, Rabbits

Activities: Plant seeds, Start a Magickal Herb Garden, Take long walks in nature
Spellworkings: Fire magick, New employment, New projects

Deities: Goddesses - Eostra, Flora, Ostara, Persephone, Venus

Gods - Adonis, Attis, Dylan, Lord of the Greenwood, Mithras, Odin, Osiris, Ovis

Related Festivals:
Easter - The Christian holiday that marks the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. Easter’s date of celebration is several weeks after Ostara.

Passover - A seven day Jewish celebration that celebrates the freeing of the Jewish slaves in Egypt. A thorough house cleaning is also a part of this holiday.

This festival is celebrated on or about March 20th and is the fourth Sabbat of the year. The date marks the true astronomical spring. This is a fire and fertility festival that celebrates the return of the Sun (the God) and the Earth’s fertility (the Goddess). The Goddess is no longer the child, she has matured and is ready to join the God in courtship.

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