This year the Spring Equinox falls on the 20th March. It is a time of balance between the light and the dark, between winter and summer. This festival is in fact a celebration of the first day of spring.
The name Ostara, as well as the Christian festival of Easter is named after the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Dawn or Spring. Her name is Eostre; we do not know very much about her for certain, except that in the Anglo-Saxon part of what was to become England, she was thought of highly enough to have a month of the calendar named after her. Much that is associated with her today is derived from German folk customs, due to the writings of Jacob Grimm in the early part of the nineteenth century.
So how can we connect and honour Eostre today if there is hardly any contemporary records of her? The answer to this question is in any way you can, as long as it resonates with you and that what you do is reflected by the natural cycles with which she is associated.
Alternatively, turn towards other spring deities, those associated with natural fertility, or even those deities who are known as ‘dying and rising gods’, such Osiris and Attis at this time.
Sabbat Associations and Correspondences: Chicks, eggs, rabbits, hares, lambs, all spring flowers and floral scents; the colours of vibrant green and yellow, pale blue.
Sabbat food: any egg-based dish, chocolate eggs, early spring vegetables
Sabbat themes: balance, future fertility, the promise of things to come, renewal
Magick associated with: re-setting the balance, plans for the future, dreams and wishes, spiritual awakening
I am the young Goddess, the Maiden…I carry with me blessings for the coming season…sow your seeds for future abundance and development…make plans so that dreams and wishes become reality…I am the young Goddess, the Maiden and Ostara is my time…*
Have a Blessed Ostara,
* Copyright, Sammiwitch, 2012