March 2020 Bastet Perfume Society: Ostara

The Story of ostara

BY THERAPEUTIC PERFUMER KATE BECKER

As Spring draws near, you can feel and see evidence of Ostara all around you. Ostara is in the warm breeze that touches your face and the return of the chirping birds at your window sill. Ostara beckons the animals to come out from their warm, winter hideouts and calls forth sprouting plants from the fertile ground with the promise of blooming flowers. 


 It seems as though, since time immemorial, people have been observing the equinoxes and solstices with festivals and celebrations to mark these significant points of the year. This year, the Spring Equinox or Ostara falls on March 19. The Spring Equinox marks a point of perfect balance between dark and light, night and day. Ostara marks the burgeoning virility of our Earth and the promise of Springtime growth. Fertility and nature deities are honored and venerated with feasts, offerings, altars of Spring flowers and ephemera of the season.  

ostara

Ostara gets its name from the hare-headed Germanic goddess Eostre or Ostara. Ostara was traditionally recognized during the Spring months with festivities celebrating re-birth, renewal and fertility. Some believe that the Christian celebration of Easter evolved from Ostara and borrows many elements and symbols from the traditional observances of Ostara. The hare or rabbit is very closely associated with Ostara due to its connections to the moon, fertility and abundance. Eggs are also traditionally an important part of Ostara celebrations. Eggs represent the hope, possibility and potential of new life.

ostara perfume

Delightful Mimosa brings a gentle cheer of Spring while sweet-herbaceous Geranium Absolute encompasses the energy of the feminine, birth and renewal. Sunny, uplifting Sweet Orange brings joyful vitality to encourage abundance and fruitfulness. 


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