Welcome Spring. As a Wiccan I recognize the Spring Equinox as the celebration of Ostara. We celebrate the change in season and what Mother Earth will soon uncover. With longer days, increased warmth of the sun, blooming trees and flowers, forest creatures awaken from a long winters nap we welcome the change.
Though it hasn't been a rough winter here in the Northeast, I am still ready for Spring. I can't wait to get out in the gardens to plant my vegetables and herbs. I enjoy the longer days of light as we are able to spend more time outdoors enjoying all mother earth provides. So take a minute today to step outside, breath in the fresh Spring air, bath in the warmth of the sun and be grateful for the changing season. Blessings to All.
For those not familiar with the celebration of Ostara here is some basic information.
The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Friday March 20 this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Wiccans and other neopagans observe the day as Ostara, a festival that celebrates the season’s change from dark winter to brightening spring.
Ostara is one of 8 neopagan sabbats, or holidays, that make up the Wheel of the Year.
Ostara, or Eostra, is an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represents dawn. As a spring goddess she oversees the budding plants and burgeoning fertility of the earth. The Horned God, sometimes envisioned as the god Pan, symbolizes the festive enjoyment of nature through hunting and dancing.
Symbols of fertility and new life play a prominent role in many Ostara celebrations.
Similar to those observed at Easter, symbols for Ostara include eggs, rabbits, flowers and seeds. Many neopagans believe these symbols to represent the fecundity of spring and incorporate them into rituals, altars and celebratory feasts.
source: Huffington Post