Ostara Information, Poem, and Spellwork 2020

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Ostara Information, Poem, and Spellwork 2020

What is “Ostara” anyhow?

Ostara is the celebration of spring and marks the spring equinox, which falls on March 21st for the calendar date but the lunar date falls on March 19th, 2020 at 11:49 PM EST.  Ostara is a season of balance, when the light is equal to the darkness. It is when the birds have hatched, the lambs are born, and the plants start blooming. It is a time to celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land.  Ostara is a time of fertility, symbolized in the egg and rabbit.  

Some scholars say that Ostara originated as a Celtic/ Saxon spring festival that was later adopted by the Christian faith, turning it into Easter.  However, cultures all over the world are known to celebrate spring including Roman, Persian, and Mayan.

One fun western story is that the Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, found a wounded bird on the ground and, to try and save its life, transformed it into a hare so it no longer needed to worry about flying and the dangers of the sky.  However, the transformation was not a complete one and the hare was still able to lay eggs. The creature is now observed as the Easter bunny in some cultures. 

The Enkindled Spring by D.H. Lawrence

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up, and the flickering, watery rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, these sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that's gone astray, and is lost.

Ostara Spellwork

Planting Intentions

Ingredients:
Soil
Seeds/ bulbs
Paper and pen
Pot (optional)

If the weather is good, this is perfect for doing outside straight into the ground.  If the weather is not warm and sunny enough yet or if you are unable to because you live in an apartment or a home without a garden, a flower pot will work as well.  

Meditate in the sunshine if possible and then write your intentions down for the rest of the year on your paper.  Then dig a hole into the ground or the soil in your pot. Fold up your paper and plant it into the hole, cover with a little but of soil, and add the seeds or bulb.  Water and care for it through the season and watch as your intentions grow. 

Consider aligning your intention with the plant or herb you are growing.  For example
Roses for love
Sage for protection
Peppermint for health
Ginger for abundance
Lavender for peace and tranquility
Rosemary is the universal herb and can be used for a myriad of intentions.

Cascarilla Powder

Ingredients:
Egg Shells
Mortar and Pestle or food processor

Eggs are such a big part of Ostara and many people decorate hard boiled eggs.  Once you’ve eaten the eggs, do not discard the shells! Instead crush them up and make cascarilla powder.  Cascarilla is a powerful protective ingredient. Sprinkle on your doorways and window sills, use it in protection sachets, or mix it with black salt for an extra oomph.  Cascarilla also makes wonderful fertilizer for your eggs. 

Have dyed shells? That’s even better! Color magic helps accentuate intentions.  Black for protection, whute for purification, red for love or strength, orange for energy and creativity, yellow for positivity, green for fertility and abundance, blue for success and health, purple for magical workings, pink for friendly love, etc.

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit
Gathered from witchesofthecraft.com

This is a fun little activity to do, especially if you have small children. This is a funny ritual to remind us to not take ourselves too seriously

Ingredients:
Jellybeans
Marshmallow peeps
A chocolate rabbit for each participant
A glass of milk for each participant

Hand a handful of jelly beans to each participant and go through and point out all the different colors and what they can represent.  Feel free to be silly and have fun with it. For example,

Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season,
How we adore you!
Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)
Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)
Red is for the tulips that grow in our garden! (eat your red jellybeans)
Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)
Purple is for the crocuses that sprout along our driveway! (eat the purple ones)

Continue until all the colors are gone.  If you have children, let them identify the colors and what they mean to them.  Then hand out a chicken and bunny marshmallow peep to each participant. Continue the “ritual chant”

Behold the Peep! The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!
Little Peep chickens, we honor you! (bite the Peep chicks)
Little Peep bunnies, we honor you! (bite the Peep bunnies)…

Once the peeps are gone, now comes the chocolate rabbit.  Continue the “ritual chant”

Behold the great chocolate rabbit!
As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!
O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears! (eat the rabbit’s ears)
Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail! (eat the rabbit’s tail)
Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs! (eat the rabbit’s legs)
He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed! (eat the rest of the rabbit)

Now finish off the “ritual” with giving each participant a glass of milk, raise your glasses to the symbols of the season and drink to their honor.

 


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