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A Blessed Ostara To You All

Posted in Easter, Faith, God and Goddess Worship, Holliday, home, Life, Ostara, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Luna Noir The Witches Cupboard

I celebrated Ostara yesterday and it was quite nice. special prayers and a ritual bath were done. Some people may need a heads up on what is Ostara well here it is. Ostara is a  celebration  of the Vernal Equinox, and is one of the 8 witches’ sabbats. The days on which it is celebrated on runs between 21st March in the Northern Hemisphere, but falling anywhere between the 20th and 23rd, it is also known as Alban Eilir (meaning the light of spring) This is the second festival of the natural year.

Origins of Ostara

The festival of Ostara originates from the Germanic countries. Early Western European people called the festival Eostre, the word “Easter” is derived from this term. Eostre was the Saxon version of the term for the Germanic goddess Ostara. Eostre’s feast day was the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, almost identical to the placing of Easter each year.

Early Pagans celebrated the coming of the new planting season in the Germanic countries. Seed corn and barley would have been planted by hand, with special ears of corn saved to create the corn dolly or kern king, symbol of the sun god (straw man, or doll), who is sacrificed at the coming harvest.

In my family we still celebrate Easter Sunday. It makes it easier for my Catholic family to come a celebrate with us on one day that we can all stand on common ground on. I use Ostara as a time to mentally reflect on the trials and tribulations I have endured during the winter season. So this time become more personal and Spiritual based. Easter is still a spiritual time for me however during Easter I tend to drape myself in the spirit of feeling free from all of the burdens of my life and I celebrate my inner self and the freedom of new beginnings.

In both I use decorated eggs and prayer. I look forward to the new buds growing and I seriously begin to plan my garden. I have already started some  plants indoors and I will use Feng Shui to assist in placement of my new surroundings in this new home.  (as my flower beds begin I will share pic).

So be blessed and feel the new possibilities that are sprouting up around us now.

Here is a Poem that I loved growing up as a child.

The poem A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, gives us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happing in the darting bird
Tha suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reversed for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that wee fulfill.

By: Robert Frost

Blessed Be Your Spring

Luna Noir