A small look into the symbolism of Ostara and its correspondences.
The celebration of Ostara marks the Spring Equinox, the first of day of Spring and the start of the new season. The word 'Ostara' is said to have originated from the Germanic Goddess Eostre, who was honoured in festivals of fertility, growth and renewal. The celebration of the Spring Equinox is one which can be traced back centuries and variations can be found all across Europe, as ancient pagans venerated the day as a time of high energy, vitality and growth, celebrating the coming of the warmer months after the dark and cold period of Winter. Ostara is traditionally celebrated between March 19 - March 22, the exact point changing yearly.
During this time, the Wheel of the Year has reached a point where night and day are of equal length and the Earth is ready to bring forth the new season of Spring. The celebration of Ostara is very similar to Easter and indeed, the Christian holiday "adopted" many of the traditions connected to the Pagan celebration. The Easter Bunny, colourful eggs, candies and more, originally tie in to ancient Pagan traditions and have very little to do with the actual Christian holiday. Although very similar due to the interlinking activities and traditions, it's important to remember that they are not the same holiday and are actually celebrated at different points of the year.
The celebration of the Spring Equinox, Ostara, is a time where the forces of nature are in balance, we have reached the midway point and the year is now waxing, beginning to move towards those warmer, sunnier days. This is a time of vibrant energy, a time where seedlings are springing forth from the fertile ground and all around us the Earth begins to bloom with colour at the return of the Sun and the arrival of the Maiden Goddess. A promise of growth and abundance was made during the Wiccan Sabbat of Imbolc and during Ostara, we can see that promise being fulfilled now that the Sun is beginning to regain its strength. The exuberant energy is all around us and almost palpable as we begin to look forward towards small things that come with Spring such as walks in a blooming park or natural scenery, gardening, picnics, and more.
Ostara is a time of new beginnings, growth and renewal. While the Sabbat of Imbolc provided a time of reflection and leaving behind what no longer served our highest good, the celebration of Ostara is a time when we can begin working on those projects, goals and ambitions that we have for the year. This is an ideal time to work on your personal development, on advancement and to make use of the vibrant and reviving energy provided by the Spring Equinox to push towards new possibilities.
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