Ostara, also called the Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox, is a time when we, as Witches, celebrate the arrival of Spring. Ostara marks the day when night and day are equal or in balance. The sacred and magickal images of Ostara are the egg and the rabbit. In ancient times, Eostre was the Norse Goddess of Fertility, and it is she that is honored on this Sabbat day. During this time, the chill of Winter begins to wane away, leaving the days to become warmer and longer. Looking around, we see new birth everywhere, from homes on the hillside to animals in the fields. Life has begun again. This is the time to plant the seeds of flowers, herbs, and vegetables, or to plant the seeds of your own spiritual garden. As the light takes over the dark, Witches celebrate the fertility of the Earth and the growing of the young Sun God's energy. In symbolic ritual, the young God is armed with the tools necessary to conquer the darkness as he rides out across the sky. We give thanks for the upcoming light for the next half of the year. Witches incorporate the warm colors of Summer with the cold colors of Winter; cold blue and hot red. We wear the color lavender to honor this magickal time and decorate ourselves and our homes with light pigmented colors. Ostara sparks my imagination and reminds me of flowers in bloom and trees growing brightly. As Witches, we cast spells for new beginnings, fertility, love, luck, money, and future prosperity.
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