Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Ostara Introduction1

Ostara Introduction1



|Views: 78|Likes:
Published by ericalborgers

More info:

Categories:Types, Recipes/Menus
Published by: ericalborgers on Sep 09, 2008
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Ostara Introduction
@ Lady Bridget 1997
Ostara, Eostre, Easter, Vernal Equinox, Spring Equinox, and First Day of Spring are allnames for the same festival time. This is the day when the light and darkness are of equallength, and afterwards the days get longer. This occurs when the Sun enters Aries, which ison March 20th or 21st. This is the time when the light symbolically "triumphs overdarkness", so it is no wonder that the Christian's put their Easter, wbere the God of Lighttriumphs over darkness and rises again, at this time of year. It has long been the time forGods to return from the Underworld, or the darkness, as we shall see.Agriculturally, this is the time in most of Europe and America when the seeds are sown andplanted in the ground. This corresponds in Wicca also to the planting of new ideas, newgoals for the coming year, new businesses or new activities to be started.This holiday is sacred to Eostre, Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, also known as Ostre.Sacred to Her are eggs, and white rabbits. There is a legend in which a white rabbit fell inlove with her, and to prove his love he laid colored eggs for her everyday. (Eggs and whiterabbits, sound familiar anyone?) The white rabbit symbolizes the transformation of innocence, and constant fertility. The eggs symbolize new life, and also rebirth. In ancienttimes, when hens were not domesticated, it was necessary to climb trees and hunt for theseeggs, no doubt a welcome treat after the dreary winter fare. Thus we may have theorigination of the egg hunt so many cultures still do today. Also, since the eggs are found inthe woven nests of birds, which were the inspration for woven baskets, we can see the link between the ancient ways and our traditions today of putting the colored eggs into prettywoven baskets.Why decorate eggs? Birds eggs are naturally decorated for camoflauge or for other reasonshaving to do with the preservation of the species. And that is the same reason why wedecorate our eggs today and why our pagan ancestors did theirs, the presevation of thespecies! They used not only color to symbolize what they wanted to be "born" but also,signs, runes, and different geometric designs.If you want to see a very old tradition still in practice today, research the Ukranian artform of making "pysanky" (from the word "pysaty" which means "to write"). These eggshave highly stylized decorations of geometric and other designs, and are also quitebeautiful.To decorate your own eggs, here are some of the ancient signs and what they mean:CIRCLE and CONCENTRIC RINGSfor the cycles of life and rebirthSOLAR CROSSES
union of matter and spririt, or the union of the God and GoddessTRIANGLEStriple GoddessSQUARESthe earthPINWHEELS and 8-POINTED STARSthe sunWAVY LINES, or 3 "C's"watermore modern symbols are:
$ for money,HEARTS for love,SMILEY FACES for happiness, etc.
You can also use pentagrams, ankhs, and any other symbols which have meaning for you.Conincide the symbol with the color, for example, an egg for love and friendship wouldhave a heart on it and be pink or red. One for healing might be green or blue. One for newideas might be yellow and show an "!" on it! Be creative - use your imagination, this is howwe grow and learn our traditions, and incorporate them into our lives.Decorated eggs were found in Egyptian tombs, and were not for food, since the eggs werehollow, they were more of an amulet intended to help the soul find rebirth. It is known thatthe Druids dyed eggs red in honor of the sun. Today, we have choices, such as whether touse either commercial dyes, or natural ones.If you want to experiment with natural dyes, here are some that I have seen listed in books.I must tell you that I have not personally tried these, but they have been published byseveral authors I respect, so I will pass them on for your benefit:
GREEN : colts-foot or brackenYELLOW: turmericYELLOW-GREEN: carrot topsORANGE: onion skinRUST: onion skinRED: madder root or cochineal
PINK: madder root or cochinealBLUE: blueberriesBRIGHT BLUE: red cabbbage leaves
Leaving the eggs in the dye longer, will create the darker colors. Many of these must beboiled, or brought to a boil, then add the egg and vinegar, and allow both to cool. Eggsshould be hard=boiled first, before dying. Mark the eggs before hand with crayon or wax,or afterwards you can use lemon juice for the darker colors, or even "magic markers". Besure to add white vinegar to your colors so they will stick to the eggshell. With the naturaldyes, the eggs do scratch more easily, so handle with care!Before your circle you may want to take your ritual bath and add an egg, and use an "eggshampoo" by putting raw egg in your hair. It is wonderful for your hair, and also for yourbath!Getting back to the theme of returning from the Underworld, there are quite a few mythssurrounding this holiday which all have the same theme, though the names andcircumstances may differ slightly. All have the common thread of the Goddess's lovebringing them back from the Underworld. Most were of lovers, such as Isis and Osiris,Ishtar and Tammuz, Aphrodite and Adonis, Cybele and Attis. However, Mother anddaughter, Demeter and Persephone also follow this theme. As does the myth of Mother andSon Bacchus and Semele, except that it was Bacchus who loved his Mother so much eventhough he had never seen her, that he descended into the Underworld to bring her back toMount Olympus with him. These myths can be read in many books, so I won't go into themhere, but they are all appropriate themes for any Ostara Sabbat rite. (A note: in ourtradition and living in Florida we have already experienced the return of the Goddess atImbolc, so this is less appropriate for us, being in the warmer climate. You can adapt theseasonal celebrations to more closely follow what your seasons are.)All pastel colors are sacred to Eostre, but her color is especially blue. (Robin's egg blue!)She is the Goddess of the East, and Spring. She is the same as Eos, the Greek Goddess of the East, and of sunrise and dawn. Is this why so many Christians celebrate Easter Sundaywith a sunrise service? She is the Maiden aspect of the triple Goddess. In Hindu, she iscalled Ushas, and her lover and opposite is the God of the West, of death, of the sunset. Thisalso corresponds to the Norse God, Vestri, god of the sunset and of fire, and the latin word"Vespers". The Greek Goddess Vestra, who was goddess of fire and had a perpetual flametended by the Vestal Virgins also fits the fire in the west theme. In our tradition, we put firein the west, and it seems at some time in the past, fire was the traditional element for thewest, representing death, as most funerals were done by cremation in many cultures. Eventhe Norse ships which carried the dead out to sea were first set aflame, then launched. Itseems a natural opposite to the water in the East where all life begins, (amniotic fluid) andwhere the Goddess of Spring, the Maiden, rules.In Ireland, the Shamrock is associated with Ostara, because it is the green of new life, andthe three-leafed variety was sacred to the triple Goddess. Four-leaved clovers were and stillare considered lucky, they represent the four elements in balance, and also a symbol of the

Activity (5)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
Jeffery Mullins liked this
vampyra_44 liked this
lisa70 liked this
caplemons liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->