Ostara


Date: March 20th,
Alternate Name: Alban Eiler (Celtic, “The Light of the Earth”), Festival of Summer (Asatru)
Corresponding Esbat:
Season: The first day of Spring

Ostara Blog Posts:
“Sabbat Box Unboxing // Ostara”
“The True Origins of Easter

History

For Wiccans

For Non-Wiccan Pagans

For Secular Witches
Secular Name: Vernal/Spring Equinox

For Christian Witches
Corresponding Feast Days: Easter (Christian), Passover (Jewish)

Spiritual Focus & Key Words
Abundance
Balance
Birth
Change
Fertility
Growing in Strength
Light
Lust
New Beginnings
New Love
Passion
Prosperity
Rebirth
Rejuvenation
Renewal

Suggested Workings
Bonfires
Creating outdoor sacred spaces & altars
Planning & creating fairy, flower, & vegetable gardens

Acts of Service

Spells & Divination
Focus on the coming year & bringing balance to one’s life

Prayers & Blessings

Rituals
– Purifying & protecting the home and all who live there including animals

Correspondences

Symbols & Tools

Colors
Green: Abundance, calming, fertility, growth, health, new beginnings, prosperity
Light Blue: Calmness, patience, tranquility, understanding
Pink: Affection, contentment, harmony, honor, love, spiritual, healing, spring, tenderness, virtue
Silver: The goddess, intuition, the inner self, night, psychic abilities, receptivity, spiritual truth
Violet: Healing, intuition, self-improvement, spiritual awareness
White: Childhood, cleansing, divination, healing, innocence, peace, protection, purification, truth
Yellow: Attraction, creativity, communication, joy, planning, psychic ability, the sun, vitality

Crystals, Stones, & Metals

Scents

Animals, Totems, & Mythical Creatures

Tarot

Deities
Patron Deities, Saints, & Heroes of Spring, fertility, the Earth,

Female

Neo-Pagan & Archetypes
Mother Earth – Over arching Female Archetype
The Goddess as Maiden (Spring)
The Goddess in the form of young mother tending to her growing child

Britannic
Blodewedd (Welsh) – “flower-faced”, made from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet, and oak; Epona (Celtic) – goddess of fertility, protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules; Guinevere (Welsh/Arthurian)

Germanic
Eostre/Ostara (German); Freya (Norse) – “the lady”, love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr (magic), war, and death

Eastern European
Umaj (Russian) – goddess of midwives, fertility, and birth

Mediterranean
? Amalthea (Greek) – “tender goddess”; Aphrodite/Venus (Greco-Roman); Eos (Greek) – goddess of the Dawn; Flora (Roman) – goddess of flowers, Spring, youth, & fertility, a symbol for nature and flowers (especially the may-flower); Gaia (Greek) – personification of the Earth, ancestral mother of all life, primordial earth mother; Libera (ancient Rome) – goddess of wine, fertility and freedom; Persephone (Greek) – goddess of Spring, personification of vegetation

Middle Eastern
Rati (Hindu) – goddess of love, carnal desire, lust, passion and sexual pleasure

American

Male

Neo-Pagan & Archetypes
Green Man – Over arching Male Archetype
God in the form of a young, lustful man who will soon become the father
God of the Wild

Britannic
The Oak King (British) – Rules between Yule and Beltaine; Aengus MacOg (Irish) – god of love, youth and poetic inspiration; Cernunnos/Herne (Anglo-Celtic) – god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld; The Dagda (Irish) – god of fertility, agriculture, manliness and strength, magic, druidry, wisdom; ? Mabon ap Modron (Anglo-Welsh)

Germanic
Thor (Norse) – god of thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and fertility

Mediterranean
Eros/Cupid (Greco-Roman) – “desire”, god of sexual desire and attraction (Roman), desire, erotic love, attraction and affection (Greek); Pan (Greek) – god of nature, the wild, shepherds, flocks, of mountain wilds, and is often associated with sexuality

Middle Eastern
Kama (Hindu) – “sex” or “desire, wish, longing”, one of the four goals of human life; Osiris (Egyptian) – God of the afterlife, death, life, and resurrection;

American

Recipes & Crafts

Drinks:

Food:

Herbs:
Broom: Calming, communication, concentration, divination, harmony, intuition, prosperity, purification
High John Root: Attraction, blessings, divination, happiness, love, luck, peace, prosperity, psychic abilities, strength, support, well-being
Irish Moss: Luck, money
Lemon Grass: Psychic awareness, purification

Spells & Divination

Prayers, Blessings, & Rituals

Books & Articles

Articles
Ostara, Eostre, & Easter
Association of Polytheist Traditions, “Eostre and Easter Customs”
Patheos, “Eostre, Easter, Ostara, Eggs, and Bunnies”
Easter and the Great Goddess Debate
The Bell Jar, “Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You”
Faktoider, “Ishtar and Easter”
Scientific American, “Beyond Ishtar: the Tradition of Eggs at Easter”
Wikipedia, “Inanna”
History, Interrupted, “It’s Eostre Time Again, or a Parade of Logical Fallacies”
Daily Kos, “History For Kossacks: Easter (Eostre) Is A Pagan Goddess (or maybe not)”
The Easter Bunny
Patheos, “Move Over Easter Bunny, Here Comes the Easter Fox”
The Guardian, “The Modern Myth of the Easter Bunny”
Library of Congress: Folklife Today, “On the Bunny Trail: In Search of the Easter Bunny”
The Bott Eostre Series
Adrian Bott (Cavalorn), “Eostre: The Making of a Myth”
“Part 2”
“Hunting the Spurious Eostre Hare”
“Eostre, Ostara and the Easter Fox”
“On What We Mean When We Say ‘Pagan Fertility Symbols'”
“Figuring Out When Eostre’s Feast Days Really Took Place”
“The Case for Eostre, Part 1: The Eostur Sacrifice”
“The Case for Eostre, Part 2: Bede Revisited”
“The Case for Eostre, Part 3: Meanwhile, Six Thousand Years Ago…”

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