Ostara Magic

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal as the earth comes back to life. Why not celebrate the themes of the season with a little bit of spring magic?

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Use your garden as a place to make spring magic. Image by Helen King/Fuse/Getty Images

In the early spring, many of us who follow earth-based spiritual paths begin planning our gardens for the coming season. The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.

Let's look at some of the folklore and traditions that surround gardening and planting magic.

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Snakes have a long and colorful history in folklore and mythology. Image by Brad Wilson/Stone/Getty Images

Snakes have a long and colorful history in folklore and mythology, as well as in magical practice. Let's look at some of the amazing customs surrounding snakes in magic and legend!

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In many cultures and society, the egg is considered the perfect magical symbol. It is, after all, representative of new life - in fact, it is the life cycle personified. While many of us take note of eggs around springtime - the Ostara season is chock full of them - it’s important to consider that eggs feature prominently in folklore and legend all year long.

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Spring equinox, or Ostara, is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature's fertility goes a little crazy. The rabbit -- for good reason -- is often associated with fertility magic and sexual energy.

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Ostara is a time of early spring blooms and blossoms. Image by Harald Eisenberger/LOOK-foto/Getty Images

As spring arrives, our gardens begin to bud and eventually bloom. For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have.

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Children's Ostara Chant

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Help your little ones celebrate the magic of Ostara. Image by SusanHarris/RooM/Getty Images

If you have children, you may want to include them in your Ostara celebrations this spring. Teach them this simple rhyming chant, and clap along as you welcome the season of rebirth!

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Garden Blessing for Ostara Planting Rituals

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Say a blessing over your garden as you prepare it for spring. Image by Chris J. Price/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Getting ready to till the soil and prepare it for spring planting? Say this garden blessing before you begin.

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Ostara Prayer for the Resurrection of the Earth

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Spring is a time of rebirth, and new life. Image by David Q. Cavagnaro/Photolibrary/Getty Images

While many other religions celebrate the rebirth of Jesus, for those of us in earth-based faiths, the focus is often on the land and the soil. Celebrate Ostara with a simple prayer for the new life that begins as the earth itself is resurrected.

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Prayer to Honor the Goddesses of Spring

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Celebrate the goddesses of spring and rebirth. Image by IB/Vetta/Getty Images
Many Pagan traditions have goddesses that are associated with the new beginnings of the Ostara season. Whether you celebrate Flora or Eostre, use this simple prayer to honor the goddesses of spring.

 

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