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Monday, March 14, 2011

Ostara

I wanted to share with you a bit about Ostara, but rather than go into a diatribe about what Ostara is (because there are so many fabulous blogs and websites you can visit for more information) I decided to share a few things of how I'll celebrate this year.

An acquaintance from my Reiki class has invited me to a Labyrinth Walk on March 20th in the evening to celebrate the Spring Equinox. I'm so excited about this event as I've never experienced a labyrinth walk before and I think it will be a beautiful way to honor this time.

Ostara is the Goddess of Spring and the Dawn, whose worship goes back to ancient Pagan Teutonic/Saxon cultures. Contemporary Pagans of many paths honor Her at Spring Equinox time. Also known as Eostre, the Christian festival of Easter was named for her. The Easter Bunny, baskets, and colored eggs that are part of spring and Easter celebrations in America, Europe, and other parts of the world are rooted in her lore and symbology. Here is a lovely meditation to honor Ostara.

I'll also be performing a ritual to honor spring and my hope is to be able to do it outside, in the early morning as the sun is rising. It might be a little chilly, but it's a good time to reconnect with the Earth. I found a lovely ritual here that can be done by solitaries. Of course, feel free to add your own prayers or invocations as the mood (or the Goddess) moves you.

I also created some Ostara Eggs a few posts ago which were a lot of fun. Here's the link to that post.

And with that I'd like to share my Ostara altar with you. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was guided to have a statue of Mary on my altar. The statue arrived last Friday and it was with reverence that I added Her to my altar. I am so moved by all that She is bringing to my life at this time . . . spring truly is the season of new beginnings!


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12 comments:

RPL said...

Tereza,
Your altar is beautiful!
I really am glad you added where you found the Spring Equinox, Ostara, ritual.
Thanks,
Paulette

~*Gumbo Soul*~ said...

Hon, your altar is GORGEOUS! Absolutely beautiful! thank you for sharing it with us.

Dark Mother said...

Wow, what a beautiful altar!

Cameron said...

I can see why that display gives you so much joy and inner strength....it is energizing and beautiful :)

Shell said...

Your Ostara altar is amazing. Wow, wow, wow!!!

Kim said...

Your altar is beautiful!!! The colors are so light and airy. Thank you for sharing your personal and blessed space...

Faerie Sage said...

Ohhh amazing! I just love your alter, so amazing, and thank you so much for your Ostara eggs idea such a wonderful thought which I am going to try :)
Blessings

Sara said...

oooh how lovely. I love your alter. that labrinth walk sounds like fun. Hugs Sara

Elizabeth Rhiannon said...

Beautiful. I would LOVE to set up my altar (disguised to some as 'decor' :) but all of my belongings are in storage, far away until our house is completed. In the meantime, I'm depending on nature to supply my altar...literally, using the outdoors as my altar :) Back to my roots, I suppose. Your labrinth walk sounds so wonderful. I would love to do one one day...I hope it is wonderful for you. Enjoy and Blessings this Ostara.

aradia's cauldron said...

Tereza your altars always awe me. If I could I'd have you over so you could set up mine for me. Beautiful, really just beautifully done!

Mina said...

Oh, your altar is so gorgeous! I love this post and the wonderful links you offered. It sounds like you will have the perfect Ostara celebration. Blessings to you!

Magaly Guerrero said...

This is amazing! The colors, the shape, the arrangement... everything draws me in! Thanks for sharing ;-)

Happy Spring Equinox!