~*~ Merry Spring! ~*~..
The great Wheel of the Year turns to Spring and once again the Goddess blankets
the Earth with green fertility as she bursts forth from her slumber. The
God, growing to maturity, walks through the fertile feilds and delights
Also celebrated as Lady Day, Eostre's Day,
Rite of Eostre, the Druidic Alban Eilir ("Light of the Earth") or
Festival of the Trees, Welsh Gwyl Canol Gwenwynol, Baha'i Naw Ruz ("New
Day"), this is the beginning of Spring, the Vernal Equinox.
Equinox means "equal night." The sun is now positioned above the
equator. Day and night are very nearly equal in length all over the world. For the
Nothern Hemisphere, it is the Spring Equinox because the sun is moving
into the North. From now until the Autumnal Equinox, night time will be shorter
than day time. Days will continue to become longer and longer until
Summer Solstice. (For the Southern Hemisphere, the situation is reversed
and Fall begins.) In 2013, March 20th is the day of spring equinox. The
exact moment is in the morning at 6:02AM Central
The name "Ostara" for the Wiccan Spring sabbat comes from a Teutonic lunar Goddess of
fertility, Eostre (also Eastre and Oestara). Her chief symbols are the
bunny and the egg. The bunny is for fertility and because ancient worshippers
often saw the image of a rabbit in the full moon. The egg
represents assurance of renewal, the cosmic egg of creation.
Norse celebrated the feast of the
goddess Iduna, bearer of the magick apples of life, symbol of the light
half of the year. Ancient Greeks held Dionysia, a festival of the wine
god Dionysos. The Great Sphinx of Egypt points directly toward the
rising Sun on the day of vernal equinox. For
those of the Baha'i faith it is the beginning of a new year. Easter, the Christian high holy day
celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is near at hand as well.
Through about March 25, an Olde Calendar fixed date known as "Old
Lady Day", this is a special time of light-dark balance. The same holds for yin and yang, the forces of masculine and feminine
As we celebrate the rebirth of Nature and the coming
lushness of Summer, it is an
excellent point in the year to clear out, open up, and begin anything new. This is when to completely revitalize
something, to enliven old communications, and to create new connections.
Clearing a space for a garden or starting flowers, vegetables, ...
Starting a magickal herb garden
Taking a long walk in nature reflecting on the magick of nature and
Randomly picking wildflowers and then looking up their meanings to reveal
your inner thoughts and emotions
Filling up a dish with green and yellow candies and leaving them out for
everyone to enjoy
Lighting fires at dawn to honor the light half of the year for cure,
renewed life, and protection of crops
Coloring hard-boiled or blown eggs (before coloring may draw in wax
on hard-boiled eggs symbols of things you want in the coming year)
Cleaning your home to welcome the new season: Approach the work with
positive thoughts to banish problems and negativity of past months.
All motions involving scrubbing of stains, hand rubbing the floors,
etc. should be done "clockwise" to fill the home with good energy
green vegetables, eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, lamb, rabbit,
honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fresh dairy produce, fish,
cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame
seeds, pine nuts, flower dishes and sprouts
Teas of dandelion, hyssop, linden
Herbs and Other Plants
daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris,
jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrop, narcissus, crocus ..., all spring flowers
Egg, rabbit, basket/nest; also the butterfly, cocoon, New Moon, the element Air, the direction East, and the time of dawn
Mainly pastels: lemon yellow, robin's egg blue, pale green, and pale pink; also grass green, violet, and white.
Jasper, aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone
dragon's blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African
violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel,
strawberry, ... practically any floral scent
Lotus, magnolia, ginger