The spring Equinox is nearly upon us, hurrah! The word Ostara is just one of the names attributed to the celebration of the Spring Equinox on or around March 21.
The origin of the word, according to the Venerable Bede, is from Eostre, a German Goddess of Spring. Easter, the Christian celebration, also falls near Ostara and Passover, the Jewish Celebration, also occurs around this time.
For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate the planting season at home and in the fields.Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara, although they were very in tune with the changing of the seasons.
As the Spring equinox is a time of fertility and sowing, nature itself really takes of with gusto! Spring Lambs are being born, Hares are boxing & the spirit of fertility and re-production is in the air, not only in the animal kingdom, but also in the plant world too. Everything is awakening after its long Winter slumber and making up for lost time!
In the Medieval societies of Europe, the March Hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol. Bear in mind that this species of Rabbit is nocturnal most of the year, but in March, when mating season begins, they are everywhere, all day long. The female of the species is ‘superfecund’ and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. Also the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged, commonly known as boxing.
- enough dirt or potting soil to hold a candle securely
- a heatproof container to hold the dirt and a candle
- a candle in your favorite spring color, smell, or shape
- a lighter or matches
1. Place the soil in the container.
2. Place the candle in the soil, making sure its stable and…
"Betwixed birth and death, every breath regret
I pity the living, envy for the dead
Emotionally stunned, in defense, I’m numb
I’d rather not care than to be aware - be scared”