Ostara Short History

Once again, night and day stand in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy. The God of Light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness.

Ostara is a fertility festival celebrating the birth of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth. At the moment of the Vernal Equinox night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase The energies of Nature subtly shift from the sluggishness of Winter to the exuberant expansion of Spring. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals. The Goddess blankets the Earth with fertility as she bursts forth from Her Winter’s sleep. The young God stretches and grows to maturity as he walks the greening fields and delights in the abundance of nature. In some traditions this is the time that the young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. In other traditions the sacred marriage is celebrated at Beltane.

Traditionally, Ostara is a time for collecting wildflowers, walking in nature’s beauty and cultivating herb gardens. This is the time to free yourself from anything in the past that is holding you back. At this time we think of renewing ourselves. We renew our thoughts, our dreams, and our aspirations. We think of renewing our relationships. This is an excellent time of year to begin anything new or to completely revitalize something. This is also an excellent month for prosperity rituals or rituals that have anything to do with growth.

The Christian religion adopted many Pagan symbols for their celebration, called Easter. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. It must be remembered that the early Christians initially did not celebrate Christ’s resurrection or rebirth but made the Jewish Passover their chief festival. The concept of Easter was not introduced until later when the early missionaries tried to convert the German pagans. These Pagans resisted and so instead of the church abolishing their spring festival they merely “adopted” it. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation by the church, as well. It occurs on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 which was also, at one time, Lady Day when the equinox was originally celebrated by many.

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