This celebration falls between 20th-23rd March at the time of the Spring Equinox. This is when the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. Ostara is the second of three Spring Festivals, the others being Imbolc and Beltane. It is also known as Alban Eilir meaning light of the earth.
Ostara is a time of equality and balance, a celebration of the balance of light/day and dark/night before the light takes over from the dark as we head into summer. It is one of two pivotal points in the year from which the world will move on either into more light or more darkness. At Ostara, the dark is waning, and the light is waxing. The sun leaves Pisces (mutable water) and enters Aries (cardinal fire), and the moment of the equinox aligning theSun in Aries at a perfect 0 degrees, 0 minutes.
“God/Goddess I call you now Listen to my solemn vow I choose to walk in purpose and passion And live my life in an empowered fashion Assist me now, I call to you Help me stay balanced in all I do.”
Which imbalance in your life needs to be addressed? What balance can you bring to a person or situation? What would be better with more light? Where will you shine your light until Mabon?
The Christian Easter is set on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. If the Full Moon is on a Sunday, Easter is celebrated on the following Sunday. Lady Day, March 25th, marks the Archangel Gabriel’s visitation to Mary. Gabriel is associated with the moon.
An animal strongly associated with Easter is the ‘bunny’, either a rabbit or a hare. The Hare is sacred to the Goddess, particularly the lunar goddesses. The Moon dies monthly and then is reborn, a symbol of immortality. Hare is a symbol for fertility and abundance, as Hares (Lepus europaeus) can conceive while pregnant. At one time, it was thought that Hares laid eggs, hence the egg connection. The Hare of Ostara became the Easter Bunny; Easter also being a time of rebirth and resurrection.
The Egg (and all seeds) contain ‘all potential’, full of promise and new life. It symbolises the rebirth of nature, the fertility of the Earth and all creation and is a symbol for the whole universe. The ‘cosmic’ Egg contains a balance of male and female and light and dark. The golden yolk represents the Sun God enfolded by the White Goddess, perfect balance and harmony.
What abundance(s) do you have in your life? What has diminished during the winter and can now be reborn? How will you use your creativity? What potential is hidden within? Where is your perfect balance?
Good Luck to the Hoof and Horn Good Luck to the Flock and Fleece Good Luck to the Growers of Corn With Blessings of Plenty and Peace! West Country Spring Blessing
The above images show an Ostara altar, the Goddess Blodeuwedd (flower maiden, the Goddess Ostara, Jarilo, the Slavic god of vegetation, fertility and springtime, daffodils and lemon balm.