Joy In The Gold Buds Of Spring.
Passion In The Greening Leaf,
Joy In The Rising Day.
Passion Neath The Glowing Moon,
Come Swelling Tides Of Spring.
Fill Me With The Promise Of Green.
The Spring rites continue as many Pagans and Witches will be gathering over this weekend to celebrate the Full Moon Esbat plus the Sabbat of the Vernal Equinox. Also called Ostara (from which we get the name, “Easter”), it is celebration of the renewal of life after Winter’s long darkness and fallow time. Since Thursday, the hours of daylight are now outstripping the hours of darkness in the northern Hemisphere. New beginnings, growth, and opening the way are all key energies for this time.
With Spring being ruled by the Guardian of the East and Air, this is an ideal time to turn your attention towards matters of intellectual challenge and growth, improve communications, develop new skills, and hone your abilities of discernment.
Spellwork for improving group interactions are often recommended, as well as concerns about fertility and abundance. Ostara is the time to start putting those plans and preparations you made at Imbolc into action. Start working towards physically manifesting your intentions now.
Spring celebrations should include being outdoors as much as possible, appreciating the subtle or obvious renewal of life now making itself known. Wear flowers in your hair, and honor Mother Earth by picking up litter at your favorite park or hiking trail.
In her lovely book Green Witchcraft, Anna Moura (Aoumiel) suggests that you might toss clean, crushed eggshells into your garden (roses especially love them) while chanting:
The shells pass fertility with springtime showers.”
Stones to use during the Spring rites may include aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone. Animals associated with Ostara are rabbits and snakes.
And some of the Deities you may wish to work with for Ostara include Ganesh, who Opens the Way, Persephone who is reunited with Her mother, Demeter after Her long winter’s exile in the Underworld, and Amaterasu (who also re-emerges from Her grieving Winter exile at this time).
Other Goddesses and Gods who are associated with Spring include Aphrodite, Athena, Cybele, Gaia, Hera, Isis, Robin of the Woods, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Thoth, Osiris, and Pan.
In whatever ways you celebrate your rites, may you and your beloveds be filled with the sweet grace of Spring’s return!