On or around March 21st Northern Hemisphere, September 21st Southern Hemisphere
*Note this year it is March 20th*
The second of the 3 spring festivals, Ostara is known also as the Spring Equinox, and Eostar. It is a time of new beginnings as new life bursts forth upon the earth. It is also a time of balance when light and dark are equal. In times past, people celebrated the arrival of spring and the Goddess Eostar or Eostre whose symbols were the hare and the egg.
The beginning of spring, new life and rebirth, the God and Goddess in Their youth, balance, fertility, flowers, eggs, rabbit/hare.
Four leaf clovers, cauldron of spring water, any and all spring flowers/blossoms/bulbs/sprouts, potted plants, eggs, butterflies, baskets, bunnies, chicks, colored ribbons
Activities/ Rituals/ spell intents
Sunrise observances, collecting wildflowers, spring cleaning and purification, nature walks, seed blessing, garden blessing, planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, fertility rites, rituals of balance, herb work - magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for balance, communication, prosperity/fertility, action, new beginnings, potential, goals for future, banishment of bad ties, positive growth
clover, lemongrass, mint, honeysuckle, iris, violets, peonies, lilies (Easter Lily), lilacs, acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, gorse, jasmine, jonquils, narcissus, olive, pine trees, rose, tansy, woodruff, primrose, forsythia
African violet, lotus, jasmine, rose, magnolia, sage, strawberry, lavender, narcissus, ginger.
, light green
, robin’s egg blue
, lemon yellow
, pale pink
, all pastels.
amethyst, jasper, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper
Seeds, leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, hard-boiled eggs and any egg dishes, milk punch, dairy foods, apples, nuts, flower dishes, sprouts, jelly beans, chocolates, lamb, spiced or flower cupcakes, hot cross buns, honey cakes, unleavened bread, poultry, ham, roast beef, yellow cake with poppy seeds, banana nut bread, fruit juice or fruit liqueur, poppy seed or sesame seed rolls, sweet or honeyed wine
Rabbits, hares /easter bunny, chicks, robins, lambs, swallows, snakes, unicorns
all love, virgin, and fertility Goddesses, all love, song & dance, and fertility Gods.
Some information adapted from Simple Wicca by Michele Morgan, and Ann Moura's Witchcraft, an Alternative Path.
When it is Ostara in the Northern Hemisphere, many of our Southern Hemisphere friends celebrate Mabon.