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Spring Equinox - The Wheel Of The Year Festival Ostara
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Spring Equinox - The Wheel Of The Year Festival Ostara

'Nature is our only true resource, also on a spiritual level.
When we learn to use Her, rediscover, we undeck the contact we need'

The ritual, Nature-religious, as well as the shaman view of the world divides the Sun - Year into eight evenly distributed Stations which draw through the Nature- Year.
The eight Wheel Of The Year Festivals are alternately under the impact of the Sun (Equinox, Solstice) and the Moon (Candlemas, Walpurgis, Reaper, Halloween).


The Sun Festivals are of Germanic origin, whereas the Moon Festivals native to the Celtic Cultural Hearth.

To delve into the quality of each Season deepens our Spiritual Experiences and our relation to Nature.
We feel again the Living Cycle and our Lives will be enriched by rituals and intense human encounters.

The Spring ritual is a celebration of-and for the awakening Earth.
Although, outwardly, only some of the sprout- tips of the Plants are visible, the awakening vitality of the Earth is obvious.

Parsifalrain, March 18

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From the Germanic Goddess Ostara, christian Easter has its name.
She brings the new Light and the new Spring.
Death, resurrection, and new Life are also at the centre of the christian Easter days.


Worth knowing

  • According the Wheel, the beginning of the Spring starts in early February, at Imbolc.
  • The Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as Holiday (Holy-Day), although they were very much in tune with the changing of the Seasons.
  • The story of the Roman God Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.

He was born at the Winter Solstice and resurrected in the Spring.

  • According to the Venerable (Monk) Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic Goddess Ostara.

Her Feast Day was held on the full Moon following the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.
Almost the identical calculation as for the christian Easter in the West.

  • The indigenous Mayan people in Central America have celebrated a Spring Equinox Festival for ten centuries.

As the Sun sets on the Day of the Equinox on the Great Ceremonial Pyramid, El Castillo, in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, its 'western face' is bathed in the late afternoon Sunlight.

  • In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their Goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth.

His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each Year during the time of the Vernal Equinox between March 22 and March 25.


Perfect Balance on the Journey through the Wheel of the Year
Night and Day are of equal length and in perfect Equilibrium - Dark and Light, Masculine and Feminine, Inner and Outer, in Balance.
The Spring Equinox symbolizes the dominion of Light over Darkness as the Days become slightly longer than the Nights.
Spring Equinox in the North, Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
This state of Balance, we experience only twice a Year.
It is the turning point into a new Season.
March 21 is the official beginning of Spring.
Up to the Summer Solstice, the Days are from now becoming longer, more and more, the Sunlight is on the rise.
The power of the Sun awakens Nature to a new Life.
The Plants sprout, the first buds open.
The juices rising (not only) in the trees.
A powerful burst of energy is pushing from the Earth in the direction of the Light.
Earlier this Festival was a Celebration of Hope.
Hope for a new, good Harvest Year, since the old Winter supplies were by this time about to be exhausted.

To the Spring Equinox, the countrymen prepared the fields for the new sowing.
This happened in a blessing ritual, which was also called the Field Hallowing - or Consecration.
Also today, this is done in some places.
To do this, the peasantry steps off the fields, and put at each corner of the arable Holy Herbs, branches of a Willow, and sometimes even a candle in the soil.
During the Ritual, they ask for a rich Harvest and protection for the fields.

Goddesses to the Feast
At the time of the Spring Equinox, particularly the Spring and Vegetation Goddesses are worshipped, who are now awakening out of their dead-like hibernation and to bring new Life to the Earth.
Welcomes are the Goddess with music, singing and dancing.
They will be asked for a blessing for the Fertility of the Earth.
The Germanic Goddess Ostara is the Goddess of Spring and Fertility.
She brings the Shining Sun and new growth.
Ostara wakes up the Life Force of the Earth and of the people.
She is the Maiden Goddess, full of potential, representing the opportunity of growth and rebirth after the stagnation of Winter.
Her Flower is the white Lily, her two sacred Animals are the Hare and the Ladybug.
Both stand as symbols for good luck and fertility.

 

The Witch's Sabbat - Ostara - The Spring Equinox

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Thoughts for the Feast
To the Spring Equinox, we are called to identify ourselves with the growth and sprouting of Plants.
We also grow and sprout by the power of the Sun and the Earth.
Now it is time to implement the visions, we had wanted (Festival Of Lights - Brigid - Imbolc - Candlemas), and to bring into the World.
It is vital to sow our Seed (our thoughts and goals), so that they can rise, grow and come to fruition.
Our Visions are allowed to sprout and prosper and from now on also display in the 'external'.
Not only the shooting Plants are visible in the Spring - we-ourselves to grow visible.
It's the time in which we may show who we are.
In March it is to collect all the courage and to start out, because every Journey begins with the First Step.
Hereby, we are supported by the forces of the Spring-Goddesses.
They bring us the strength for a new Beginning and for our further growth.

At the Spring Equinox we are called upon to ...

  • reveal our own Creativity
  • bring our Dreams and Visions more and more in our everyday world
  • encounter the Creative, Vital and Growth-promoting Goddess.

Plant-Goddesses and their Herbs
From time immemorial, in all Cultures ... was commemorated the Goddess, revered as the Invisible behind the phenomena of Nature.
Goddesses of the Earth, the Sun, the Sea, the Wind, the Rain were responsible for Fertility, Food, Health and Protection.
Our Ancestors recounted in the long dark Nights by the camp fire many of the stories of their Goddesses and celebrated throughout the Year in their honour a lot of Festivals.
Goddesses were in everyday Life in place, and accompanied the men of old in their doing and being.
To this Day, many of them survived in the names of Healing-Plants.
If we harken wary these names, we find i.e. Frau Holle in the Elderberry (Hollunder), Demeter in Wheat (the Goddess of the Harvest and Agriculture, who presided over Grains and the fertility of the Earth, divine order, bringer, bearer), Venus in the Rose (the first Rose sprang from the blood of the Goddess Venus, all of the associated Female forces symbolizing), and Artemis - the shaman-Herb - in the Mugwort [genus Artemisia].

 

Animals: Hare, Rabbits, Ladybug, Snakes, Unicorn
Ostara foods are eggs, honey, bread, sprouts and seeds
Decoration: Colored Eggs, Seeds and Earth
Ostara Plants are Rose, Jasmin, Daffodil, Mugwort, Honeysuckle
Incense: Jasmine, Sage, Violet, Lotus, Magnolia
Colors: all pastel-colors
Stones: Rose quartz, Amethyst, Aquamarine


Cultural Appropriation, Ishtar, Eostre, and Easter
Is it a reasonable question to ask 'Is there a link between the names Ishtar and Ostara ?'
Unfortunately, there is absolutely no clear evidence.

Ishtar is a Goddess completely removed from the the linguistic and geographic region where Eostre reigned.
Ishtar is related to Astarte and Inanna, all found in the Middle East area.

For those who don't know much about mythology, let me explain something.
There are people who attempt to force connections where there are none.
This goes back to the Romans who forced connections between their own gods and the gods of the North.
These connections are often tenuous at best and completely erroneous at worst.
In the old pagan world, mythologies were heavily influenced by geography, climate, society, and culture.
So a society in a desert climate for example will have very different mythologies than people in a fertile green area.
Defined seasons with harsh winters will develop different mythologies than temperate climes where seasons aren't as extreme.
Agrarian farming societies will place higher emphasis on fertility and Earth mother goddesses, and in hunting/nomadic societies masculine sky gods will dominate.
So for cultures who are removed from each other both geographically and linguistically, it doesn't make sense to force connections between their gods.


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I mean, the Year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around.


Ostara - Lisa Thiel


Praise to the Spring, Praise to all living things
Praise to the Maiden and the joy that she brings
Praise to the Earth let all her creatures now sing
Hope is renewed with the coming of the Spring



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