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Winter is winding down to a close,and the Earth is slowly stirring from a deep and long slumber. The sounds of birds are becoming more frequent and some flowers are starting to bud up through the grass. Many cultures celebrate the shift in the season,whether it is going on a day hike,planting flowers or simply appreciating the beauty emerging from the cold of the winter.
In the Northern Hemisphere,it is called Spring Equinox
Some cultures celebrate Easter,and heavily associate this holiday with spring time and new beginnings.Originally,like many secular holidays,Easter was derived from Ostara or the pagan celebration of the coming of spring.
An equinox is commonly regarded as the instant of time when the plane of Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun. This occurs twice each year: around 20 March and 23 September. In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the Equator.
Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light. From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power peaks at Summer Solstice in June.
Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.
Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she was believed to take the form of a rabbit.
Around the world,people take part in Spring Equinox celebrations all unique in their own way.
If you have a alter of sorts in in or outside
of the home,that is a fantastic way to honor the Sun God and the Earth.
If you have never celebrated Ostara before,making a sacred alter or corner in your home is a comforting and creative place can be a good place to start in the world of Earth based spirituality. The space doesn't have to be lavish or over done or specific and you can decorate it however you wish to align with the season. Some people may already have alters and
keep it traditional to the Wheel of the Year.
Here are some tips and ideas for you own alter:
ALTAR: For the Ostara altar:
-- Candles should be light green.
-- Incense may be jasmine.
-- Decorate the circle with spring wildflowers.
-- Place an earthenware or wooden bowl containing soil or a large seed of some kind on the altar.
Herbs are also a lovely way to help honor the season. You can use them for cleansing,placing in vases in your home,hang from doorways in your home,making essential oils or tincture.
Some of the herbs associated with the seaon you may have in your own yard!
HERBS to use in your magic at Ostara:
lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac, violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
Naturally,gemstones are also fantastic for celebrating the solstices and equinoxes,as well as using in everyday life and for sacred ceremonies or rituals.
Some of the gemstones that are well good to use are as followed:
Clear quartz crystal