Spring Equinox ushers in a joyful Ostara Spring celebration. The Druids revered the Spring Equinox on the full moon of the Spring Equinox month. The Spring Equinox also called Vernal Equinox was revered by the ancient Celtic and Saxon pagans for centuries.
Ostara is the name of the pagan Anglo-Saxon Spring goddess, she represents dawn. Ostara manages nature with the aid of The Horned god, securing the growth of budding plants, and fertility of nature while celebrating the welcome of the Spring equinox through dance. Below shows Ostara on the pagan wheel of the year.
Ostara or Eustre is the namesake of the festival of Easter that ushers in spring and fertility.
In ancient times, Eosturmonap or the month of April Eustre or Ostara feasts were held in her honor by pagan Anglo-Saxons. Ostara was mentioned early in ‘The Venerable Bede,’ 673-735 ce.
The Christian Paschal month usurped Ostara and changed it to ‘Easter’ to celebrate the fictitious Christ resurrection. During the Christian takeover of pagan Europe from the 7th to 15th centuries. Pagans were persecuted, burned at the stake and forced into Christianity.
Many brave pagans did not turn on their Celtic ancestral nature religions and went underground to prevent more deaths and persecution of their people and to protect their culture.
Today more and more NeoPagans and Wiccans have returned to their ancestral, nature religions that embrace the rule of natural law, that is sustainable and compliments our mother earth. The brown hare and eggs accompany Ostara to usher in the Spring Vernal celebration.
Symbols of Spring:
The European Brown Hare also known as the ‘March Hare’ awakens out of its winter slumber to embrace the warm earth and graze on grass and clover robustly, after a long frigid winter.
Folklore cites one can stand a raw egg on the end of the Spring Equinox.
The flower of March is the Narcissus also known as Daffodil
According to folklore, daffodils are famous for bringing good fortune. An old tradition cites that if one makes the concerted effort not to trample on daffodils, Lady Ostara will award one with abundance and good luck.
Daffodils open a doorway to light and positive energy between the physical world and the otherworld. These cheery flowers represent Springtime,fertility, rebirth, usher into our physical realm benevolent entities of light such as faeries and angels.
According to folklore, always give Daffodils as a bunch. A single Daffodil given to another will bring bad luck to the receiver. In some parts of the UK neighborhoods, folks who are the first to sight a Daffodil will be blessed with abundance.
Welcome Ostara! Welcome Spring! 🙂
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