Spring Equinox – Ostara
Around March 23rd. March 20, 2015
Daylight Savings has begun as the days ‘get’ longer – the return of Springtime and the Vernal Equinox when the sun enters Aries, initiating new life. This is the time of year for ‘spring cleaning’ both our external and internal environments as we make space for new life to spring forth. Mother Earth is awakening with her splendor during this time of Goddess Ostara.
This time of year is also known by many as Easter which comes from the German root ‘ostarun’ and old English ‘ester’, and is a time to celebrate new life. Easter is also known for its theme of resurrection. Among Catholics this time is known as Lady Day which is for the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. The Spring Equinox was also a time for the Liberian in Rome and the Roman Matronalia which celebrated the freedom of women.
So what’s up with the symbolism behind coloring eggs? In Canaan and other Semitic countries, the springtime celebrations honored Goddess Astarte and red eggs were given as gifts to family and friends. And all those bunnies? New life, growth and multiplication. This is a great time of year to honor Mother Nature by planting seeds, flowers and trees!
March Moon Correspondences
Herbs: irish moss, High John root, broom,
Incense: floral incenses (iris, rose, lilac, violet), dragon’s blood
Trees: alder, dogwood, magnolia
Animals: hare, rabbit, hedgehog, boar, cougar, sea eagle, sea crow
Deities: Ostara, Persephone (Kore) & Demeter, Aphrodite/Venus, Freya
Stones: Ruby, Garnet
Colors: pastels, red, white, black