Other names: Ostara, Ostre, Mean Earraigh, Pasch, Caisg, Pesse
Date: March 20, 21, or 22
Meaning of the Word: Germanic dawn deity meaning “the month of beginnings” or “the month of openings”
Primary Focus: Fertility, sunrise ceremonies, offerings to the goddess of spring
Age of holiday: 3000 B.C. or older
Astrological Sign: 1 degree Aries
Planetary Ruler: Mars
Color Associations: Gold, grass green, light green, lemon yellow, pale pink, pastels, robin’s egg blue
Herbs: Acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, Easter lily, forsythia, ginger, gorse, honeysuckle, hyssop, Irish moss, iris, linden, jasmine, jonquils, narcissus, olive, peony, pine, primrose, rose, strawberry, tansy, violets, woodruff, all spring flowers
Stones: Amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, jasper, moonstone, red jasper, rose quartz
Incense: African violet, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lotus, magnolia, narcissus, rose, sage, strawberry
Animals and Beasts: Chicks, dragons, hares, lambs, merpeople, pegasus, rabbit, robins, snake, swallows, unicorn
Symbols: baskets, budding twigs, butterflies, bees, cocoons, colored ribbons, eggs, flowers, four leaf clover, hare, lamb, new moon, pussy willow, rabbits, sprouting bulbs, wildflowers
Food: Apples, asparagus, chocolates, dairy foods, dandelions, eggs, egg nog, fish, flower dishes, fresh seasonal fruits, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, hot cross buns, jelly beans, lamb, leafy green vegetables, lemonade, maple sugar candies, mead, milk, nuts, punch, seeds, sprouts, sweetbreads, veal
Magickal Ideas for Your Ritual:
-Incorporate chocolate into your Ostara ritual
-Hold your ritual at dawn
-Color and empower eggs for health, wealth, and prosperity
-Review the items in your magickal cabinet or box and replace what is needed. Empower the supplies during the Ostara ritual.
-Bless seeds for the garden.
-Celebrate the return of the Goddess by conjuring potted plants and giving them to friends and loved ones
-Sewing/making new clothes and jewelry
-Ostara is solar driven. The sun moves from mutable, watery Pisces to cardinal, fiery Aries. Aries is a great “starter” sign, but it manages to poop out along the way. Any magick done while the sun or moon is in Aries should be supplemented with other workings later on.
Ouroboros tells us the beginning has no end
Alpha and Omega–all reside within.
Pesces swims beyond the veil
Aries on the rise.
Mars becomes the focal point
capturing the prize.
The moon slips through her mansions
dancing in the signs
stars are fixed yet activate
the treasures of the mind.
The air is filled with harmony
of plant and bloom and bud
each egg foretells the birthing
of peace, and joy, and love.
Persephone emerges as winter falls away
Mother Earth rejoices–
her daughter’s come to stay.
As days grow long and nights are warm
the Goddess reigns supreme
Her power rises in my blood
I command all things unseen!
Magick symbols, knots, and cords
wand and staff and blade
earth and water, fire and air
become the Witch’s trade.
I am the ground, the sea, the sky
the breezes springtime sweet
gods and spirits dance the round
within this circle meet.
I conjure thee, O leaves of spring
hyacinth and myrtl
roses, lilacs, lavender
black earth, warm, and fertile.
Gifts of Gaia, Green Man rule
my wishes come to form
good fortune roots within my world
prosperity is born!
Time: Best mixed the week prior to March 21.
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ cup bergamot
½ cup lemon balm
⅛ teaspoon grated lemon peel
10 drops hyssop oil
2 drops lemon oil
3 drops rosemary oil
Chant: Growing Sun, the year’s well begun.
Keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my opinions that I have gathered from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.
Blessed be, brothers and sisters.
*Credited to “Solitary Witch” by Silver RavenWolf