On March 20th, we celebrate the Spring Equinox and the festival of Ostara. Ostara is the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere and marks the end of Winter. The Sun is gaining strength and the Earthly creatures make more and more appearances as they flourish, thrive, and repopulate the land. On this day of the Spring Equinox, light and dark, day and night, and the God and Goddess, are in perfect balance. After Imbolc, we enter the second half of the season of illumination; the days get longer, until they reach their peak on Litha, aka the Summer Solstice (June 21, 2022). The Spring Equinox represents the balance of light and dark, masculine and feminine and truly heralds the first day of Spring.
Ostara and the Spring Equinox signify a time of new beginnings, renewal, and fertility. The hopes and planted seeds of intentions from Imbolc are beginning to come alive. It is time to turn our intentions and goals into action and lively energy in order to manifest our inner and outer desires and ambitions.
The festival sabbat of Ostara gets its name from the Anglo Saxon/Germanic goddess of Spring, Ostara or Eostre. The origins of Eostre can even be traced all the way back to the ancient Assyrian goddess, Ishtar and the Sumerian Inanna. She is a goddess of fertility, rebirth and renewal celebrated with the coming of Spring. Eostre is deeply associated with rabbits and hares and is sometimes portrayed as having the head and shoulders of a hare. It is from Eostre that the Christian celebration of Easter has evolved, as well as the hormone Estrogen which is essential to women’s fertility.
Ostara, or Welsh Alban Eilir, signifies “the light of the Earth,” is the second fertility festival of the year and marks the midpoint between the Summer and Winter Solstice. Ostara gets her name from the folkloric Germanic goddess of Spring and Dawn, Eostre. She represents the awakening Earth, the first warm breeze, blossoming flowers, bird songs, nests, eggs and hares. Ostara beckons the animals to venture out from their Winter shelters, encourages buds to sprout and flower, and emanates life-force throughout the land. Scent Profile: Delightful Honeycomb and tender Cedarwood provide the fertile ground for a floral delight of illuminating Neroli and sophisticated Geranium Absolute. A dash of sunny citrus ignites Ostara and the aroma of Springtime’s fresh green glory, sweet flowers and infinite potential. Allow Ostara to reawaken, support and empower you from now until Litha, the Summer Solstice.
Decorate your Ostara + Spring Equinox altar with:
*Remember that your Spring Equinox - Ostara altar can be as intricate and detailed or as simple as you want. What matters most is your intentions and that the things you place on your altar have meaning to you! Read more about altars here!
The Rabbit or Hare is strongly associated with the goddess Ostara and Spring time. Rabbits symbolize fertility, new life, Spring and are also closely identified with the Moon and Moon deities. The date of Christian Easter is determined by the phases of the moon. Easter Sunday always follows the Full Moon that occurs after the Spring Equinox. The nocturnal rabbit or hare, was believed to die and resurrect every morning and night, just like the Moon. Thus the rabbits' association with resurrection, Spring, the Moon, and Ostara slowly transformed into the Easter Bunny who brings eggs and treats to children on Easter Sunday, the Christian holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ
The egg is another symbol of fertility and the promise of new life that represents the cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth. Many traditions see the egg as a symbol of the universe with the energies of light and dark, masculine and feminine found in the egg white and egg yolk. The egg holds the full potential of life and creation itself.
Lakshmi Sacred Perfume evokes beauty and prosperity. The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is the embodiment of beauty, wealth and prosperity. This sacred perfume evokes both material and spiritual success while revealing authentic beauty with notes of Turmeric, Jasmine, and Honey.
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Geranium Essential Oil has a delightful, floral aroma with complementary hints of mint and citrus. This wonderful, versatile essential oil has many uses but primarily serves to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Geranium’s uplifting and cooling properties revitalize tired muscles and instill strength to move forward on our path. As you inhale the uplifting aroma of Geranium Essential Oil, embrace your grace and feel a return to balance. Geranium is a bright and floral aroma with complementary hints of mint and citrus.
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