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Ostara

 

Ostara

March 19,20, 21 or 22 depending on the Vernal Equinox

 

Vernal or Spring Equinox, the Rites of Spring, Lady Day, Alban Eiber and Bacchanalia.The Spring Equinox occurs between March 19th and  21st. Ostara marks the day when night and day are equal and balanced. The Sun God's strength increases. The Maiden celebrates her fertility. Life begins anew at this time. This is a time to plant the seeds of our flower, herb and vegetable gardens.

Goddesses: Virgin Goddesses, Moon Goddesses, Goddesses of Love, Androgynous Deities, some Fertility Goddesses. Some Ostara Goddesses are: Aphrodite (Greek), Eostre (Teutonic), Ma-Ku (Chinese), Lady of the Lake (Welsh-Cornish), Minerva (Roman), Isis (Egyptian), Rheda (Anglo-Saxon), Coatlicue (Aztec).

Gods: Gods of Love, Moon Gods, Gods of Song & Dance, some Fertility Gods. Some Ostara Gods are: Adonis (Greek), Lord of the Greenwood (English), Ovis (Roman Etruscan), Dylan (Welsh), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Attis (Persian), Mithras (Greco Persian). 

Altar decorations: Colored eggs, seeds, earth, flowers and herbs appropriate

Traditions:  Planting seeds, working on magickal or herbal gardens, herbal work, taking walks through gardens, parks, woodlands, decorating and coloring eggs.

Foods: Eggs, honey, bread, seeds, sprouts and green leafy vegetables 

Drinks: Eggnog, wines, dandelion, lindon teas,hyssop

Flowers And Herbs: all spring flowers. irish moss, crocus flowers, daffodils, Easter lilies,  roses, strawberry,  acorn, celandine, dandelion,dogwood, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, rose, tansy, violet

Incense: Floral of any type. Jasmine, african violet, rose, sage, strawberry, violet flowers, orange peel, rose petals, lotus, magnolia, ginger .

Oils: Magnolia, ginger, lotus.

Colors: All pastels, yellow, pink, green, blue

Stones: Rose quartz, aquamarine, amethyst, jasper and moonstone.

Animal: Hares, rabbits, snakes, unicorn, Pegasus

 

 

 

 Ostara Chant

 

Ostara Egg Charm 

 

Goddess Ostara Invocation

 Ostara comes lightly over the rainbow bridge,

Clothed in dazzling sunlight, She melts the snow.
Flowers, furled leaves, bird’s nests and serpents,
All this She brings as gifts to the Earth.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

Ostara flings crocus petals towards the North
The balance has shifted, light over dark.
The Sun God smiles and draws nearer to the earth
A young man now; coming into His strength.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

Shall our seeds now be planted O Goddess of Spring?
Shall we reap what we sow come autumn’s chill wind?
Guide us gentle Maiden with touch light as feathers,
As your kindness and joy spreads through the land.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

She offers us the sacred egg, what does it mean?
Fertility, birth, the Circle completes.
The egg of the serpent, the egg of the lamb,
The egg of the human, all in her hands.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

At Her feet are the Hare, butterfly and lamb
Creatures of innocent beauty are Hers.
Keys at her belt and Maidens in white,
Morning dew restores beauty to those who believe.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

The Shide awaken from their long winter nap,
Dreams of honey, milk, and orchards of fruit.
Dreams of dancing all night by the summer moon.
Wings shimmer and glamour all that can see.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

Celebrate now with cakes marked with Sun Wheels,
Color your eggs, fill your baskets and light a bonfire.
Rejoice in the sunlight, dance on your lawn.
Plant seeds in your gardens of earth and spirit.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

Honour the Innocent Goddess and God,
With offerings of honey, and flowers and oils,
Rose quartz, aquamarine, moonstone and amethyst.
Bless Them with love for all of your days.

Ostara steps lightly and brings in the Spring.
Innocent Maiden, we welcome you in!

©Rowan Morgana

 

Coloring Eggs

 

 

Grass Green - Fertility, Eco-magick, Rituals to honor the Earth Goddess and Woodland God, Good Fortune, Personal Beauty

Robin's Egg Blue - Purification, Chastity

Yellow - Wealth, Health, Intellect, Communication, Astral Travel

Lavender - Love and Romance, Healing

Pink - Romantic Love, Household Peace

Blood Red - New Life Rituals, Goddess Rituals, Vigor and Vitality, Lust and Passion, Strength, Courage

Ostara - Edain McCoy

 

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

 

It's fun and easy to use foods and flowers to make your own natural egg dyes. The two main ways to use your own dyes are to add dyes to the eggs when boiling them or to dye the eggs after they have been hard-boiled. It's a lot faster to boil the dyes and eggs together, but you will use several pans if you want to make multiple colors. Dyeing the eggs after they have been cooked takes as many dishes and more time, but may be more practical (after all, most stoves only have four burners!).

Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by 'boiled' in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.

Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes:

 

  1. Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
  2. Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
  3. Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
  4. Bring water to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
  7. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
  8. Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.

You can use fresh and frozen berries as 'paints', too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs. Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. 

 

Color Ingredients
Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Violet Blue Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Hibiscus Tea
Red Wine
Blue Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Green Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Green Tea
Golden Brown Dill Seeds
Brown Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Orange Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cooked Carrots
Chili Powder
Paprika
Pink Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Canned Cherries with Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Raspberries

By , About.com Guide

 

 

The Easter Egg Hunt

 

Hunting eggs began at least 2000 years ago.  In Asia and India spring egg hunting symbolized personal responsibility (karma) and reincarnation.

In Germany and Scandinavia it was traditional in the Spring to offer eggs to the Goddess in return for blessings and favors.  When Europe became predominantly Christian, egg offerings along with all other Pagan traditions were outlawed, subsequently the offerings to the Goddess had to be "hidden".  The original Ostara Egg hunt was probably begun by the Christian authorities, and later became a child's game.

Anglo Saxons buried eggs under barns and in gardens to increase fertility and abundance.

 

 

Ostara Awaken the Earth Spell

Ostara Garden Egg Blessing

 

 

 

Hard boil and egg, then with a felt tipped pen, or water based paint mark appropriate symbols to promote growth, fertility, Mother Earth etc.  Dig a small hole in the middle of your garden while saying a heartfelt prayer to the Goddess.  Ask her for blessings upon your garden and growing season.  Place the egg in the hole and as you're covering it with earth chant:

 

 

 

 

Goddess of Earth, Goddess of Spring,

I offer this egg,  Your Blessings to bring.   

Please Bless this garden and  help it to grow,

May abundance for all begin to flow.

©Rowan

 

 

 

 

 Goddess Ostara

 

The Goddess Ostara is the Norse Goddess of fertility.  At the Spring Equinox we honor her, for she is the Goddess of Spring and renewal.  Her symbols are the egg and the New Moon. Her animals are the rabbit and the butterfly.

 

 

Spring Goddess Anointing Oil

Edain McCoy

 

1 drop cedar oil

6 drops lavender oil

3 drops rosemary oil

3 drops cypress oil

4 drops vanilla oil

1 drop patchouli oil

2 tbsp. olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly sealed dark glass vial.

 

Bunny Love

 

 

Why do we honor the Rabbit at Ostara?  Rabbits and hares are associated with Goddess energy and it was long believed that witches could turn themselves into rabbits and travel the world undetected.  Hares have long been the symbol of the Earth Goddess, in her aspect of fecundity, after all what animal is more fertile than a rabbit? 

 

  •  Observe the movement of rabbits and hares in the wild as a form of divination.  Movements to the right are positive answers to your question, movements to the left are negative.  Random or jerky movements means that the answer is unclear at this time.
  •  Use hair from a rabbit to assist in all acts of divination.
  • Add rabbit hair to potions of invisibility, secrecy  or astral projection to enhance their potency.
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  •  Rabbits and hares bring the blessings of the Goddess to land on which they live.
  • Rabbit energy is quick, tricky, good for helping you to change course and escape bad situations quickly.     Like Alice in Wonderland you can follow the rabbit down the hole into the  Underworld. 

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