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ostara 2019 spring equinox rituals March 20, 2019, marks the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara. Ostara is a Wiccan or neopagan celebration that honors the earth's change from dark to light. Babies are born, flowers start to bloom and days get longer. There are many ways to honor this time and as always we think it's so important to say thank you to our earth and what it provides for us.

Rituals are a great way to do that. 


According to ThoughtCo. your altar should be colorful and represent items that mark new beginnings. Symbols such as eggs (representing fertility), rabbits,  flower bulbs or crystals like aventurine or peridot (green for new life). Choose your space and add what resonates with you, keeping in mind there are herbs, crystals, and symbolic items that represent Spring. This will be your place to light your candle and say your prayers or meditations. 

ostara altar



This is a traditional Scandinavian way to honor Easter. Find interesting and somewhat sturdy tree branches and place them in a large vase or container. Attach colorful feathers and plastic or hollowed out colored eggs with fishing line. Ingebretsen's blog has a tutorial if you want more of a visual. 

paskris tree for easter



Brunch wouldn't be complete without eggs and they are one of the most prominent symbols of the Spring season, Easter and Ostara. We love deviled eggs and they make a great side dish. Don't forget a dish of greens as well- fresh and light, perhaps even chopped on top of the eggs. A brunch cocktail is essential too. How about a Bunny Mary? Use carrot or orange juice in place of tomato (keep the horseradish!) and garnish with a carrot, keeping the greens on the ends. Here's a recipe from ElleTalk. Here is our favorite recipe for Pho-Inspired Deviled Eggs (pictured below).

pho inspired deviled egg recipe



Decorating eggs is a fun tradition. We think it's important to keep it natural. It may take a little extra effort but the colors are beautiful and it's oh so good for our loving earth. Shifting Roots Blog has a DIY to make sensational eggs- colorful too!

naturally dyed eggs



Aventurine is green, and it is thought to bring harmony, balance, and comfort. Meditation with prayer or mala beads can help focus on what you like in your life. If you are embarking on a Spring love, new job or perhaps a move, Aventurine can be your grounding stone. Healed Heart Mala Beads are hand strung and infused with love, $165

aventurine japa mala beads



Essential oils play a large role historically in marking time and events spiritually. Clary. sage is a clearing oil that's fresh and anti-bacterial. Jasmine promotes love and friendship as well as warmth. Mandarin is detoxifying. This blend is a great way to fill your space with clarity and freshness while inviting human connection. Great to use on your body as well. 

 Manifest Love Essential Oil Room Spray, $13 

essential oil room spray



From ThoughtCo., a meditation for this season. Gather together: Three candles- one yellow, one green, and one purple; a bowl of milk; a small bowl of honey or sugar. You will perform this ritual in the morning and outside so dress accordingly. If your tradition normally requires you to cast a circle, do so now. 

This is the time to reconnect with the earth. Focus on the air around you, breathing deeply and paying attention to your senses. Light the green candle which symbolizes the new growth and say:

The Wheel of the Year turns once more,
and the vernal equinox arrives.
Light and dark are equal,
and the soil begins to change.
The earth awakes from its slumber,
and new life springs forth once more.

Next, light the yellow candle which represents the sun and its light, saying: 

The sun draws ever closer to us,
greeting the earth with its welcoming rays.
Light and dark are equal,
and the sky fills with light and warmth.
The sun warms the land beneath our feet,
and gives life to all in its path.

Lastly, light the purple candle which represents the Divine in our lives and stands for all the things we do not know, all those things we cannot understand, but that are sacred in our daily lives. Light and say: 

Spring has come! For this, we are thankful!
The Divine is present all around,
in the cool fall of a rainstorm,
in the tiny buds of a flower,
in the down of a newborn chick,
in the fertile fields waiting to be planted,
in the sky above us,
and in the earth below us.
We thank the universe* for all it has to offer us,
and are so blessed to be alive on this day.
Welcome, life! Welcome, light! Welcome, spring!

 a spring meditation

 Blessings to all as we celebrate what's important in our faith and we welcome the earth's changes. 

love faithhaus









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