March 18, 2009

Ostara & Spring!

Posted in Crafts, Nature Things, Ostara, Wiccan Things, Witchy Things tagged , , , , , at 8:42 pm by Babs

Finally, my crocus planted in the lawn last fall are starting to sprout… and the promise of spring is in the air.  This is the wheel turn I anticipate with the most enthusiasm!  The Spring Equinox will occur at 7:44 am EDT on March 20th this year… and I personally am so excited. 

History:

The origin of the word “Ostara” is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged giving rise to the popular phrase; Mad as a March Hare!

Celebrations for Solitaries

To observe this turn of the wheel of the year, go outside and take notice of the smells, sights and sounds.  The earthy smell of the land, the sprouting of new flowers and the birds chirping are much different from the relative silence and blandness of winter.  Often solitaries will go out and experience nature and make an offering to the land in the form of milk and honey.  This can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.  Search for alter decoration ideas and ritual ideas on the internet for more information.

Craft Projects:

This craft is fun to make and send along to your fellow Spring/ Ostara enthusiasts. 

You will need:

  • Card Stock or Pre-Cut Blank Cards
  • Envelopes
  • Seed Packets
  • Glue (not hot glue!)
  • Pens, Markers & Other Craft Supplies

Select a packet of seeds for each greeting card. Use the glue to attach the packet to the front of the card. Don’t use a hot glue gun for this, because the heat can damage the seeds inside — use either a glue stick or regular craft glue.

Use your markers or other craft supplies to write a Spring message inside. You can use something like this if you like:

Wishing you blooms and abundance at Ostara!

or

Roses are red, violets are blue,
I picked out these seeds, just for you!

Ostara blessings to you and yours!

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