Prior to Christianity people’s lives were built around times of celebration for the God and Goddess of their culture through Sabbats and Esbats. I thought that as Ostara is just days away I would post this and tell you a little about this day. I know I said I wasn’t going to post new stuff but I didn’t want to wait a year for this one!! 🙂
Ostara is the second of three Spring Sabbats and is a celebration of life, renewal, fertility and balance usually on or around the Spring Equinox. A celebration of renewal because life has returned and balance because this is a time of balance between the cold of winter and the heat of summer. This years Equinox is Sunday March 20th. Winters night and Springs day will be in union before Spring gives way to more light, warmth and life. The God and Goddess will begin their courtship again.
Ancient Ostara celebrations were joyful events with bonfires, feasting and rituals thanking the Goddess for her return of spring and balance to the world. The remaining winter food stores were prepared and shared freely among the community. Imagine the scene:
The weather is warming, as it does snow and ice are giving way to the first signs of spring. Slowly as the days become warmer families of the tribe gather at the ceremonial grounds and happily greet each other, telling stories about the events of the winter. Food is gathered and prepared. As the sun sets, excitement grows until finally the bonfire is lit and the celebration for the return of the Goddess and spring begins! Ancient cultures didn’t deny the divine. Divinity was incorporated into every aspect of life, in their connection to the earth and nature.
There are still groups around the world that celebrate in a similar way, but there are also many that celebrate in smaller ways. Still thanking the God or Goddess for the return of spring but in differently.
In ancient times clearing winters debris by hand from the fields was an important task before crops could be planted. Today we can ask ourselves what debris can we clear from our lives that will bring us back into balance and ready for the seeds of our future to be planted and grown to fruition.
We can do rituals to banish the old and no longer useful aspects from our lives or a ritual to grow qualities in ourselves that we would like to enhance. For those that aren’t comfortable with rituals meditation is always good to identify what we no longer need in our lives and what we would like to bring in.
Another way to celebrate is to plant a kitchen herb garden or bring some fresh color to your home. Ostara colors are light green, yellow and pink. Perhaps get some nice spring flowers and place them around your home or spend some time outdoors getting your planting beds ready. These are all celebrations of the return of life.
However you spend your day, enjoy the Equinox and celebrate life.
Blessed Be ❤