With Ostara quickly coming up on us, I thought I would write a brief overview about this holiday. First, let me say that I personally found the change from the standard holidays to the pagan ones was the hardest part of the transition of my faith. I was always pagan and just did not know it. I still find myself repeating why I do Ostara (Easter) early, forget the whole I’m pagan thing. Unless the person I am talking to is already of the pagan faith, I simply just keep it simple and let them think what they will. After all it is my faith and not theirs. I am not in the closet but on the other hand I do not push it in your face.
This is an easy holiday if you have young children. There are the Ostara baskets and egg hunts. For us that our children have grown, it is a time for reflection, getting in tune with the cycle of the seasons, and grounding. I hope each and every one of you take a moment and feel the change of the season and rejoice in life. With that being said, let me give you an excerpt from the course I have written for new pagans.
Ostara – pronounced ‘O-STAR -ah’
What it is Ostara?
It is the same as the vernal or spring equinox. On this holiday, the day and night are of the same length. It falls around the 20th to 23rd of March. A lot of pagans celebrate it on the 21st or the nearest weekend to the holiday. This sabbat is considered a minor holiday. Throughout time as the Christians have tried to convert the pagan people, Ostara was moved and changed to Easter and the resurrection of Christ. Changing the holidays focus from fertility and the birth of spring to the resurrection of Christ from the tomb.
When it is astrologically?
It is when the sun is 1 degree in Aries. This is a day of balance the daylight and night-time is the same length of time and is refered to as the equinox. The word ‘equinox’ is from Æquinoctuium and is latin for æquus (“equal”) and nox (“night”): “equal night.” This is one of the two times a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator. In the earth’s rotation during the year, the sun tilts toward and away from the sun. During the equinox, the earth does not tilt but is in a straight position. Due to the wobble of the earth during its rotation the date of Ostara will change, it ranges from March 20th – 23rd. In fact it is the closest time of the year when you have 12 hours of both day and night-time, depending on where you live and the distance from the equator.
Theme of the holiday?
This is the beginning of spring. We see the birth of animals and flowers everywhere. With the spring, we see symbols of fertility. People in general start to be more active and spend more time outdoors. Our focus moves from introverted to extroverted thoughts and actions. You will see bunnies, eggs, and early blooming flowers, and it is frequently celebrated outdoors.
Thoughts and meditations
The focus at this time of year is conception, regeneration, and new beginnings. We can focus on goals, how to make them grow (so to speak), or what you can actively do to accomplish them. As our energy is refocused, we should see progress toward out goals and the areas in our lives we have put our energy towards.
- How is your focus on your goals doing?
- What have you accomplished toward your goals?
- What do you need to change?
- Do you find that there are other things you are putting your energy into?
- What other contemplations you feel apply?
What is the God and Goddess doing in this part of the cycle of the year?
The Goddess has fully recuperated from the birth and is now feeling young and full of life as she is regenerated to the maiden. She is free and unencumbered with life. The God is young, carefree and grown in strength. This is a time of balance and transition as they are both young adults, transitioning into adults ready to create life.
I hope each of you have a blessed Ostara,