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Ostara Who/What is it???


Ostara....a Goddess, and a Sabbat.

It's a time of celebrating the death of one season, and the re-birth of another...the awakening of Mother Earth.
It occurs close to the Christian Easter....the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All, pretty much the same thing....resurrection.
Eggs play a HUGE part in Ostara (wonder where Christians got THAT from...hmmmm) Eggs...the symbol of life. Without the egg that a female produces, there's be no life...eggs produce chicks, etc. No eggs...no life!

I am going to Celebrate Ostara at a gathering of Serpent Stone in Sevierville, TN. It's a weekend camp out, ritual, drum circle, and just gathering of like minded people..not all Pagan. I am excited about this gathering....the first I've ever been to.

What are your thoughts on Ostara, who/what it is?



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Re: Ostara Who/What is it???


Original post by Windspirit of COSOT on Myspace

Ostara Activities
Clear a space for a garden, or start flowers, herbs or vegetables indoors. It's too early in this climate to plant fruits and vegetables; frosts can happen as late as April in the North.

You can clear weeds, grass and rubbish from the spot where you plan a garden, or you can start seeds indoors.

Pick up litter at your favorite park or beach. Help the earth rejuvenate by getting rid of the mess.

Ritually color hard-boiled or blown eggs

Perform oomancy (divination by eggs).

Meditate on the imagery of the seed.

Meditate on the season's flowers. Flowers are the sexual organs of plants, consider what this says to you.

Perform magick to give back to the earth. Raise and send energy to return to the Earth, our mother, some of the bounteous energy and fertility She gives to us.
Meditate on the Moon-Hare, rabbits provide an obvious symbol of animal fertility and see what comes to you about literal or creative fertility in your own life.

Honor the spring or Earth goddess or god of your choice, or a goddess or god of balance.

Light a bonfire at dawn on the Equinox to honor the light half of the year.

Meditate or perform ritual at dawn or sunset.

Meditate or perform ritual for balance in your life and in the earth's life.

Do a ritual denoting the passing of the year's dark half.

Use the energy of the time of year as you would the first quarter of the moon. You can use the energy of this time of year to fuel any new project or goal.

Meditate on beginnings, on the East, on air, on dawn. In meditation, note how these symbols connect organically and how you relate personally to them.

Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.

If you don't do your spring cleaning at Imbolc it is an ideal time to clean your home to welcome the new season.

Offerings of food and milk are left for the fairies and other spirits who live in and around rocks and are responsible for the fertility of the land. Leave a few fruits from the last harvest for the nature spirits.
Symbolism of Ostara:

Renewed promise of life, The Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new. Resurrection of life , The Season of Rebirth


Symbols of Imbolc:

Eggs, bunnies, new moon, butterflies, cocoons, dragons, flowers, trees.


Deities of Eostar :

All Youthful and Virile Gods and Goddesses, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, Love Goddesses, Moon Gods and Goddesses, and all Fertility Deities including :Persephone, Blodeuwedd, Eostre, Aphrodite, Athena, Gaia, Cybele, Hera, Isis, Ishtar, Minerva, Venus, Robin of the Woods, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Lord of the Greenwood, The Dagda, Attis, The Great Horned God, Mithras, Odin, Thoth, Osiris, and Pan.


Colors:

lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink. Other appropriate colors include green, all pastels, Robin's egg blue, violet, and white.


Ostara Foods:

eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. You may also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables.


Herbs :

Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, honeysuckle (woodbine), jasmine, rose, tansy, violet.Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus, crocuses, Irish moss, snowdrops, ginger, and all spring flowers.


Incense:

jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon's blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, or rose petals.


Sacred Gemstone:

amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper
rose quartz, and moonstone


Spellwork for Ostara:

Spellwork for improving communication and group interaction are recommended, as well as fertility, balance and abundance


Animals and mythical beasts:

rabbits, snakes, unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus


Tarot Cards:

High Priestess


Taboos:

Ostara is a time to wear your new clothes. It was considered bad luck to wear anything old on Easter/Ostara
Symbolism of Color


White: Purity, birth, virginity, and inocence.

Yellow: Youth, light, purity, happiness an dwisdom

Red: passion, love, enthusiasm
Orange: Endurance, strength, power

Green: Renewal, freshness, hope, victory of life over death

Brown: earth

Blue: Sky, good health derived from air

Purple: patience, trust and power

Black: remeberance, eternity, constancy, death
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Some Symbols to try

Nets and baskets: Containing knowledge, motherhood, giving life and gifts

Ladders: Searching, rising above the petty, ascending

Combs: Putting things in order

Rakes: Successful harvest

Trees: Strength, renewal, creation, organic untiy, growth and eternal life

Leaves: Immortality., eternal or pure love, strength, persistence

Flowers: Beauty, children, fenal principles of wisdom and elegance

Fruit: continuity, good fellowship, strong and loyal love, love of the divine

Sunflowers: Motherhood, life, love the Divine

Wheat: Bountiful Harvest

Stags: Leadership, victory, joy, masculinity

Horses: Wealth, prosperity, endurance, speed and the motion of the Sun

Rams: Leadership, strength, dignity, perseverence.

Birds: All kinds, are messengers of the Sun and the heavens, pushing away evil. Fertility, fulfillment of wishes

Roosters: Good Fortune, masculinity, coming of the dawn

Butterflies: Ascent of the Soul, pleasure and frivolity of childrhoos

Spiders: Patience, artistry, industry, healing and good fortune

Fish: Abundance, sacrifice regnerations
Circles: Protection, everlasting life, continuity, completeness

Traingles: The elements of aiur, fire and water
suns: The life-giving all embracing nature of the God

Tripods: Man, woman, and child. Birth, Life and Death

Stars and Roses: Purity, life, giver of light, the eye of God

Curls: protection

Spirals: Mystery of life and death, divinity and imomortality

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WOW!!! Thanks, Playful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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