What is it:
Ostara is the celebration of the Spring Equinox. It is the second of three Spring celebrations and is the mid-way point between Imbolc and Beltane. During this time the light and the dark are in balance however the light is on the rise... brighter days ahead.
What to do:
Ostara is a time for action. This is the time to set into motion your plans, ideas and goals that you started at Imbolc. We are setting into motion the seeds to plant for bloom and harvest.
How to Celebrate:
Plant seeds in the garden, in some parts the ground will be thawed and ready to welcome new growth. You can spring clean your home. This is a great time to clean out what no longer serves you in preparation for the new (for you home and yourself). Decorate the house in Ostara colors.
Step out into the warming weather and take a nature walk. You can host a tea/spring party welcoming Spring and new friends to your life. And let's not forget to meditate and journal. Step outside and listen to the birds, place your bare feet to the earth to ground yourself. You can get crafty and create a butterfly feeder welcoming the beautiful winged bugs to the spring flowers.
Other quick tidbits:
Colors: Blue, Green, Pink
Foods: Eggs, Honey, Baked Goods, Asparagus and Sprouted Greens
Stones: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Aquamarine
Flowers and plants: Clover, Daffodils, Crocus, Tulips
Deities: Isis, Estotre, Adonis
Symbols: Rabbits, Eggs, Spring Blossoms, Lambs, Baskets
Ostara is a Pagan festival that is celebrated during the Spring Equinox. It is celebrated as a time of fertility and new growth for the earth. Ostara is the namesake for what many now refer to as Easter. Ostara feasts were held to honor the pagan Anglo-Saxons and were noted as early at 673-735 CE. Christians changed Ostara to Easter to celebrate the Christ resurrection.
According to folklore Daffodils are one of the flowers associated with Ostara. It is said that if one makes the effort not to trample on daffodils and allow them to grow then Lady Ostara will award them with luck and abundance. Daffodils also open the doorway to light and positive energy between the worlds.
½ C Riesling wine
2/3 C All-purpose flour
1 C Honey
2 Tbsp White Sugar
¼ tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Nutmeg
Mix together wine and egg in a bowl and set aside. Mix flour and cinnamon in a bowl and add this to the wine and egg mixture. Stir thoroughly and then let stand for 30mins. Mix together Honey and nutmeg and set aside.
Heat a skillet with oil (about a ½ inch) and drop batter by tablespoons into the oil and fry until golden brown, remove and drain. Roll cakes into honey mixture and allow to cool completely.
4-5 C Lilac heads
3 C Honey
2L Boiled Water (still warm to hot)
2-3 Lemons (rind and juice)
50g Citric acid
Place Lilac heads, lemon rinds and juice into a large jar. Pour over hot water and then add the honey. Add citric acid to the jar and stir to dissolve the honey. Place the lid on the jar and leave for 3-5 hours. Strain and bottle.
Store in the fridge for up to 3months.
To use, add a small amount to a glass, top with soda water and enjoy!!... you could also add to your favorite cocktail concoction for added flavor