Ostara: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
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Celebrate the season of returning sunlight and the bursting forth of the birds, bees, and trees
Ostara―also known as the Spring Equinox―is a time of renewal, a time to plant seeds as the earth once again comes to life. This guide to the history and modern celebrations of Ostara shows you how to perform rituals and work magic to renew your power and passion for living and growing.
Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials explore the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones of the witch's year.
fertility, and we perform rituals to energize ourselves so that we can find the power and passion to live and grow. In agricultural societies, Beltane marked the start of the summer season. Livestock were led out to graze in abundant pastures and trees burst into beautiful and fragrant blossom. Rituals were performed to protect crops, livestock, and people. Fires were lit and offerings were made in the hopes of gaining divine protection. In Wiccan mythos, the young god impregnates the young
These could be used as altar decorations. They can also just be painted in solid colors. Whatever you want to do with them is up to you. Once they are painted, they will need to dry. You may use markers to color them instead of paint to decrease the drying time, but you can get a better color choice by going with paints. When they are all dry, use a spoon to add some potting soil to your egg planter and then add lots of the grass seed and water. Cat grass grows relatively quickly, so it
to plant to bring new growth into your life? This question is done the same as the previous one, the second person may answer out loud or silently and when finished answering, ask the first person the same question. When the first person is done answering, he/she will move the ritual on. At this time you will each again take turns with the first person starting. We have brought forth our desires, our needs, to bring balance and new growth into our lives. Whether that growth be spiritual,
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complex in the early twelfth century. On the morning of the Spring Equinox, the sun climbs the side of the central tower where it will rest briefly at the very top of the temple spire. (Van de Bogart) Mnajdra in Malta dates back approximately 5,000 years. It is thought to be one of the world’s oldest solar calendars, marking the solstices and the equinoxes. On the Spring Equinox, the sun’s rays enter the temple and illuminate the main axis. (Heritage Malta) Fernacre Stone Circle in Cornwall is