Blessings at Ostara

New life, new beginnings, as Mr SC said to me maybe this is the sign of a turning point in the year…….I hope so, I think that we could all do with it. Bright blessings to all.

Ostara

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

Traditional Foods:
Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers:
Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense:
Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone:
Jasper

Special Activities:
Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.

(Thanks to Akasha ap Emrys for the above)

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5 Responses to “Blessings at Ostara”

  1. Brightest Blessings to you and yours.

  2. And to you and yours Nicola

  3. Blessings to you too, hon. My mum and dad brought us a pot of hyacinths that burst into flower the day after they stayed over last week, and are still in flower and smell wonderful. They were an appropriate gift for the Equinox. Spring is here, and D and I certainly feel more hopeful and alive than we have in months. We wish the same for you. But remember, you too have had a wonderful victory of late! x

  4. And long may they continue…may this opening season be a good one, and may it bring light and hope for all of us.

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