Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox, falls on the 20th of March this year! Ostara marks the beginning of spring and is associated with birthing new life, the dawn and fertility. Its symbols include eggs, rabbits, pastel colours and spring flowers. The Divine Feminine is portrayed in her maiden aspect as the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre. Spring is one of my favourite seasons; there’s just something about that inner stirring of new life that is so well reflected in the coming alive of nature, as she wakes up after a long dormant winter. To me, spring is all about raising your spirits and uplifting the senses.
So, here are six quick ways to celebrate Ostara.
1. Create an Ostara altar.
You can create a simple Ostara altar in the spirit of the season. This is one of my favourite things to do! Ostara is associated with new beginnings, eggs, spring flowers, rabbits and the Goddess. You can easily place fresh flowers, pastel coloured crystals, colourful candles, eggs and images of rabbits on your altar. Keep it childlike and light hearted! If you have children, it might be nice to include them with this.
2. Honour the Spring Goddess.
Ostara is the modern festival associated with the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Eostre is associated with the dawn, new life, eggs, rabbits, flowers and all things spring like. Ostara is all about new life (hello baby lambs), but also new beginnings within us. So, place an image of the goddess on your altar and ask her to invite new growth and abundance into your life. Personally, I feel it’s only respectful to leave an offering if you’re asking for something. Eostre might like an offering of apple cider, decorated eggs, fresh flowers, a poem written for her or hot cross buns. There are also other goddesses associated with spring who you may feel drawn to honouring at this time. They include the Celtic fairy goddess Cordelia, the Norse love goddess Freya and the Roman flower goddess Flora. This is a potent time to invite in the energy of the Divine Feminine.
3. Bring flowers into your home.
If you don’t have much time to celebrate the festival of Ostara, but still wish to imbue your home with the energy of the season. Then why not buy some fresh spring flowers and place them in your home! The flowers that best embody the spirit of Ostara include the sunny daffodil, tulips, crocuses, delicate snowdrops and the colourful hyacinth.
4. Spring clean your home.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to take a long time, especially if you get the whole family involved. If you still live at home, clean your room from top to bottom and throw away anything you no longer need. Clearing the clutter creates space for new energies to be brought into your life. Alternatively, you can cleanse your home by burning some sage, sandalwood or frankincense. If you don’t like incense, you can use a diffuser with essential oils instead or spritz water infused with sea salt around the home. Raise that energy people!
5. Invite in new beginnings with some goal setting.
Ostara marks the beginning of a new season, so take a few minutes to reflect on where you are and where you’re going. This is the season of dreams! Write down what goals or dreams you have for the coming season and see how you can make them a reality.
6. Go for a walk in nature.
This is the best way to embrace the vital energies of spring! Go for a walk anywhere that has lots of beautiful flowers; if where you live has a botanical garden, then now’s the time to visit. We live near some lavender fields and they’re blooming in the spring. But even just getting outside into the woods is good enough. Walking in nature clears your mind and cleanses away your worries which makes space for the good to manifest!