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Ostara

  • Mar 17, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

This is a good time of year to start your seedlings. If you grow an herb garden, start getting the soil ready for late spring plantings. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.

Many modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature -- walk in park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you -- plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

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  • lettie k.

    I was just going to say that I was sure children are welcome.

    March 19, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Enjoyed spending time with my friends and making some new ones. It was so lovely being outdoors again.

    March 18, 2012

  • Tommy R.

    Children are welcome at meet ups so do not stay away because you will have to bring them unless you are just not comfortable with it.

    March 18, 2012

  • ash

    I have my kid and the sitter canceled but best wishes to all!

    March 17, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Star, I'm happy to hear that. I want to see how you've changed your hair. Ha ha. I'm bringing a big pan of lime refrigerator pie in honor of the Irish and the fresh green grass and leaves.

    March 17, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Next week is pretty iffy for me since it's spring break for my grandkids and my daughter's boss has been in the hospital so she's working more days than usual.

    March 15, 2012

  • lettie k.

    Vicky, I still have the little circle/cross you made for that one ritual. I would like to get together, is there any chance of next week? You too Sheery and who else would like to just get together?

    March 15, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Sorry Ash, that's out of my way. I come from the east and pick up my niece near 47th St South and Hydraulic. I hope someone else will be able to work something out with you as far as getting a ride.

    March 10, 2012

  • Tommy R.

    I know we do have our share of members who cannot get out of working second shift on a Saturday night. I worked every Saturday Night for YEARS upon end so I can relate.

    March 10, 2012

  • Tommy R.

    I'm not the only one who can add meetups guys. ANY MEMBER of WAPS can add events. If you know there is a Full Moon or New Moon coming and would like to get together for it you may by all means create the meetup. For those who aren't familiar with how we set them up, we always do a meetup on the Saturday that is closest to the actual day of the event when possible but ALWAYS on a Saturday because that is when the most people can attend. But meetups can be any day of the week if you want also.

    March 10, 2012

  • ash

    south central, near harry and broadway

    March 10, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Ash, if you could give a general idea what part of town you live in, we would know which of us might be able to give you a ride.

    March 9, 2012

  • ash

    interested in rideshare, I can spot a few bucks for gas.

    March 9, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Nothing listed for the moon-working next time either. I like getting together more often.

    March 9, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Seemed like a big gap between rituals to me, but I figured there was some reason for skipping an Esbat this time. Guess it's a good chance to do some personal workings eh?

    March 9, 2012

  • Tommy R.

    We should have done a full moon for tomorrow night. Not sure why that meetup got skipped this month.

    March 9, 2012

  • lettie k.

    I love what you have done with the web page Tommy

    March 8, 2012

  • Tommy R.

    We have our Ostara ritual that we used last year for the meetup.

    March 8, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Oooh, loving the new look for Ostara - what beautifully decorated eggs! Who is planning the Ostara ritual?

    March 8, 2012

  • lettie k.

    thank you Sherry.
    I want to welcome all the new people and ones I may have missed. You will love this site and the get togethers.

    February 26, 2012

  • Sherry F.

    Amanda, it would be great if you could join us.
    Lettie, glad to hear you're doing better.

    February 24, 2012

  • lettie k.

    Tommy I really like the way you change the site for each Sabbat!
    And Vicky I haven't seen you since you got back. We have to get together soon.

    February 23, 2012

  • lettie k.

    Sherry looks like I might be on the mend, we need to talk about a get together breakfast again.

    February 23, 2012

  • lettie k.

    I want to welcome all of the new people, you will like this group. We are of varied ages and enjoy each others company as well as the rituals.

    February 23, 2012

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