Ostara (March 21)
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.
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.
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.
Jasmine, rose, strawberry, floral of any type.
- 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.
Make your own Ostara Oil!
•1 part almond oil
•1 part violet oil
•1 part elder oil
•1 part patchouli oil
•1 part lavender oil
Mix in bottle. Anoint on altar and candles.