The Sabbats: Ostara

Ostara – the spring or vernal equinox occurs in mid-march (usually between March 20 – 22nd) when the night and day are of equal length. Ostara is a celebration of balance and a festival of fertility. This sabbat is the trinity of spring celebrations and is also a time of blessing seeds for future planting. Ostara comes from a Latin name for the Spring Goddess Eostre, for whom Easter was named. During Ostara, eggs are decorated and used as altar decorations to honour the Goddess and the God as well as carried as magickal talismans for fertility. Eggs are also given as cherished gifts as they are sacred objects of life and fertility. The Great Rite, symbolic of the sexual union between Goddess and God and of the physical and spiritual union between all men and women, began to be enacted on the day of Ostara.

The Sabbats in order: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon.

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