Ostara

Countdown to Ostara

March 20th, 2018
5 months to go.

Colors

Any pastel or spring color - think "robin's egg" blue, mint green, "cotton candy" pink...

Deities and Archetypes

Blodeuwedd
Maiden
Ostara
Eostre

Symbols and Themes

chicks, bunnies, spring flowers, grass, eggs, birth, re-birth, dawn
 newborns (animal and human),
bird nests, cradles
balance, turning to light

Cleanse and Bless Your Space

It’s time for some serious spring cleaning!  Before you break out the sweetgrass and sage, take the time to physically clean your home, room by room.  Start with an intensive de-clutter, and then move on to some serious cleaning and sanitizing, then the big finish: A thorough blessing and spiritual fortification of your home and property.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is a traditional southern recipe full of fruits, nuts, and spices and covered in a delicious cream cheese frosting.  It’s the perfect way to welcome the warm days of Spring.
 
Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Coloring Ostara Eggs

During Ostara, eggs symbolize birth and renewal, as well as the "cosmic egg" of the universe.  Here are some ideas to decorate your eggs organically.

Strawberry, Goat Cheese, & Wild Violet Salad

This is a great way to incorporate the spirit of spring into a brunch or after-ritual dinner.  If you are collecting the flowers yourself, be  sure you are identifying the flowers correctly, and from a place where they are not sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals.  You also want to steer clear of flowers growing near a road, as they will be exposed to exhaust fumes from passing cars.

Draw Birds and Butterflies to Your Home

Now that the Sun has returned and the days are getting warmer, the birds and butterflies will begin to appear.   Take the time to research which species are native to your area, and follow these tips to encourage them to visit you often!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Okay, I admit it: Reese’s Cups are my downfall.   In case the Ostara bunny forgets to deliver yours, here is a great recipe to make some scrumptious treats for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 
¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar