Ostara Rites and Rituals

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Ostara, the spring equinox, falls around March 21 in the northern hemisphere. It is a season of balance, when the light is equal to the darkness. This is a great time to celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land. Ostara is known as a time of fertility and abundance, a season to welcome back life after the cold, dark winter. If you're trying to figure out what sort of ritual to incorporate into your Ostara celebrations, try one of these, and adjust it as needed to suit your particular tradition and practice.

Ostara Altar
Decorate your altar with symbols of the season. Patti Wigington

Ostara is a time of balance, as well as a season of renewal. Use symbols of the season to decorate your Ostara altar. Bright spring colors, rabbits and eggs, newly planted bulbs and seedlings are all things you can incorporate into an altar to reflect the themes of Ostara, the spring equinox. More »

Meditating
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This basic ritual welcomes the spring and embraces the balance of the season. If you are able to do this ritual outdoors, as the sun comes up on Ostara, it can feel even more magical. Like all of our rituals, this can be adjusted as needed for your tradition, or even adapted into a group ceremony. More »

Seedling
Spring is a time of rebirth, and new life. Maskot / Getty Images

Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it's the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing–you can perform this rite either as a solitary, or as a part of a group ceremony.  More »

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Ostara Labyrinth Meditation

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Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a single path to follow. Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

The labyrinth has long been considered a place of magic and introspection. Labyrinthine designs have been found in nearly every major religion, and are an integral part of many ancient cultures. Labyrinths are, in essence, a magical geometric shape which helps define sacred space. A labyrinth is not the same as a maze–there is only one path in, and one path out. 

To do this meditation, if you don't have access to a labyrinth, you'll need to construct a simple one of your own. You can mark out your labyrinth with tape, string, or paint on the ground. If you're doing it outside, consider using a trail of birdseed–it doesn't damage the grass, and the local wildlife cleans up for you afterwards.

The Path to the Center

Once you've marked out your path, take a moment to meditate on what sort of issues you would like to resolve in your life. Ostara is a time of balance, so one of the great uses for this meditation is that of finding polarity and solving problems. Consider for a moment what problems–either physical, spiritual, external, or emotional–you would like to find a resolution for at this time. As you walk towards the center, you will begin working out solutions for your problem.

Take your first step into the labyrinth, walking slowly. Stop after each step, and think. Become aware of your surroundings, and what lies before you, and what lies behind you.

Begin by thinking about not only your problem, but what you think of it on an intellectual level. Explore how the problem has come to exist, from a non-emotional standpoint. As you continue to walk, move on to how the problem makes you feel. What emotions does it bring about in you? Do you find yourself unable to make rational decisions when you're dealing with your problem? What is it about this problem that brings about such an emotional response within you, and WHY does it effect you so much?

As you begin the third part of the journey, move on to how your problem effects you in your physical world. Are you running out of money because of a bad job? Do you have someone in your life who is hurting you? Have you become ill because of your problem? Continue walking slowly, and examine how the problem has effected your spiritual needs. Do you feel as though you are at a loss in your spiritual path? Does it inhibit your growth as a spiritual person?

As you approach the center of the labyrinth, it is time to begin looking for solutions. If you have a patron deity, you can ask them to take the problem into their hands. You can ask the universe to help with a solution. You can ask for a vision to guide you–whatever choice works best with you and your faith. As you reach the center, ideas will begin to come to you that will help resolve your issue at hand. When these visions arrive, accept them without questioning or judgment–even if they don't make sense right now, you can analyze them later on. Meanwhile, accept that a solution has been given to you by a higher power.

Stand in the center of the labyrinth. Ask yourself, "What is the first step? How may I make this solution come to be?" Take some time to just stand–or sit–there, and let your solution sink in. You have completed the first part of your journey–the reaching of a resolution. When you are ready, start making your way back out of the labyrinth.

The Return Path

 As you take your first few steps from the center, consider the solution you were given. Look at it in a non-judgmental way, and think of it logically. Is it something you can make happen? Even if it seems difficult or hard to achieve, if you set yourself a goal, it IS obtainable.

Continue walking towards the exit, and keep thinking about the answer to your problem. Consider the deities or other higher power which provided you with this answer. Do you believe they have your best interest in mind? Of course they do–so be sure to thank them for taking the time to pay attention to you and your needs, and for helping you reach this state of awareness.

As you continue to walk, consider once more your spiritual life. Will this solution allow you to grow or learn spiritually? Will you feel more whole spiritually after the solution has been implemented? What about physically? Will your body and health be affected in a positive way once you begin working towards this resolution? How does the solution make you feel on an emotional level, and how will it effect the negative emotions you felt about your problem in the first place?

As you approach the end of your journey, try to look at your solution from a logical, non-emotional perspective. If you work towards this solution, will it resolve your problem? While it may create more work for you, and be difficult to obtain, will the end result ultimately be worth the effort of making it happen?

Once you step out of your labyrinth's path, take a moment to once again thank the deities or higher power that assisted you. Think, as well, about how you feel as you emerge from the labyrinth. Do you feel lighter, as though you have truly found a way to resolve your issue? Take a deep breath, recognize the new power that you have, and get to work on making the necessary changes in your life!

Chocolate Rabbits
Celebrate your spring candy collection with our completely ridiculous chocolate rabbit ritual. Martin Poole / Digital Vision / Getty Images

Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there's no reason we can't have a good time with it as well. If you've got kids–or even if you don't–this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year! Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, don't even bother clicking the link. More »

Tree Trunk In Forest
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Try this simple meditation to help you attune to the element of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. This is a perfect meditation to perform outdoors at the beginning of spring. More »

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Prayers for Ostara

Spring Flowers
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If you're looking for prayers to celebrate the Ostara sabbat, try some of these short devotionals to honor the beginnings of spring.

Garden Blessing for Ostara

The earth is cool and dark, 
and far below, new life begins.
May the soil be blessed with fertility and abundance, 
with rains of life-giving water, 
with the heat of the sun, 
with the energy of the raw earth.
May the soil be blessed 
as the womb of the land becomes full and fruitful
to bring forth the garden anew.

Prayer for The Resurrection of the Earth

The death sleep of winter has slowly faded, 
the rigor of the ground loosens,
and the earth is once more reborn.
Like Mithras and Osiris,
reborn from death,
life returns again to the land,
springing up as the snow melts away.
As the soil warms and the days grow longer,
dew forms along new sprouts of grass,
bringing life back.
Awaken! Awaken! Awaken!
And rise!
Let the earth come to life again,
and welcome the light of spring!

Prayer Honoring the Goddesses of Spring

Hail, and welcome! 
Green life returns to the earth 
blooming and blossoming
once more from the soil.
We welcome you,
goddesses of spring, 
Eostre, Persephone, Flora, Cybele,
in the trees,
in the soil,
in the flowers,
in the rains, 
and we are grateful 
for your presence.

 

 

 

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