Ostara - Origin of Easter Traditions

Ostara - Origin of Easter Traditions

March 20

We enter into the light part of the year.  It is the Spring Equinox.  At this time, both the night and the day are equal, and they will not be equal again until the Fall Equinox in September.  Each day the daylight hours will continue to get longer and longer, peaking at the longest day of the year, Midsummer (June21).

Early blooming flowers such as Daffodils, Lily’s, Honeysuckle and Violets, are the first to burst forth their beautiful colors that seem to shout their joy for the returning warmth.   This warmth begins the germination process for other seedlings, and soon they will  sprout and sing their own chorus of joy and happiness.

The Goddess is in her frolicking maiden state and God is an adolescent, quickly discovering his manhood.  Their courtship begins and awakens the beginning urges of reproduction in the wild animals. 

It is the time of new beginnings. The struggles of the cold winter are over.   It is time to relax, make plans for the future, start new projects and plant for future harvests.

Ostara is all about fertility.  The name originates from the name Estre, a Saxon fertility goddess.  This name translates into German as Ostara.  This is why we honor this time with representations of fertility......…rabbits, eggs and chicks.

It’s hard for me to believe that Christian’s integrated these Pagan representations and traditions into their Observance of Easter.  But I must admit, it makes me feel a little bit smug that they did.  I like to believe that they have done so because somewhere deep down inside of themselves, something tells them that Pagans practicing the old religion were on the right path all along.  

We can observe Ostara by planting a garden, however small.  And an altar during this time can be one of the most beautiful of the year.  An altar cloth of green, pink, yellow and/or purple would be the perfect backdrop to a vase of fresh flowers, a bowl of beautifully decorated eggs and a small rabbit or chick.  An offering bowl of sunflower seeds would be appropriate.

 

 

Happy Ostara! 

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