Ostara

March 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm (magic, religion)

ostara

So yesterday was Ostara, and as promised I will write a little blurb about that.  It is the festival of the Vernal Equinox, where the periods of light and dark are equal, and it is officially the start of spring.  Now last night it snowed here, so it may not seem very springlike, but one of the rituals I have witnessed on this occasion is “waking up the Earth”.  Going around with drums, cymbals, anything noisy and yelling, singing and chanting, walking through the woods, to wake Mother Earth up.  Also the symbols of Christian Easter owe their roots to Paganism, both Ostara and Beltaine, with fertility symbols of the eggs and the rabbit.  The time of hibernation and sleep are over.  Rest assured the warmer days are coming, life once more comes forth from hardship.

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