The second of the three fertility festivals, Ostara arrives in burst of color and birdsong. This sabbat is a celebration of rebirth, renewal, and the fertility of Mother Earth. The day is celebrated on the Spring Equinox, a day of balance between light and dark; after which the scales tip toward the light, and nature begins to reawaken after her winter slumber.
chicks, bunnies, spring flowers, grass, eggs, birth, re-birth, dawn
newborns (animal and human),
bird nests, cradles
balance, turning to light
Any pastel or spring color - think "robin's egg" blue, mint green, "cotton candy" pink...
Maiden as Virgin
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 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.
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.
First, hard boil however many eggs you wish to decorate and add one to two tablespoons of white vinegar. Next, prepare the dyes on the stove top using a pan. Use at least two cups of water and one teaspoon of vinegar plus the organic dye ingredients. Use 3 to 4 teaspoons of the spice ingredients and 3 to 4 cups of the whole fruit or vegetable ingredients. Boil the dye for at least five minutes, but remember that the longer you boil, the deeper the hue of the dye. Crush the ingredients in the pan to release the pigments, and strain.
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.
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!
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!
Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, insects, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife find refuge in our backyard gardens. Some are seeking shade, and others are hunting for food, while some species are making our gardens their homes. The vibrant colors of the fluttering butterflies and the graceful dance of the hummingbirds feeding on the nectar-producing flowers adds to the beauty of a garden in bloom.