Rites and Rituals for Ostara, the Spring Equinox

Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, which is coming up on March 20, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

Setting Up Your Ostara Altar  
Ostara is a time of balance, as well as a season of renewal. Use symbols of the season to decorate your Ostara altar – bright spring colors, rabbits and eggs, newly planted bulbs and seedlings are all things you can incorporate into an altar to reflect the themes of Ostara, the spring equinox.
Ostara Ritual for Solitaries  
This basic ritual welcomes the spring and embraces the balance of the season. If you are able to do this ritual outdoors, as the sun comes up on Ostara, it can feel even more magical. Like all of our rituals, this can be adjusted as needed for your tradition, or even adapted into a group ceremony.
Hold a Spring Rebirth Ritual for Ostara  
Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing — you can perform this rite either as a solitary, or as a part of a group ceremony.
Spring Meditations  
Earth Meditation
Try this simple meditation to help you attune to theelement of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. This is a perfect meditation to perform outdoors at the beginning of spring.

Ostara Labyrinth Meditation
The labyrinth has long been considered a place of magic and introspection. Labyrinthine designs have been found in nearly every major religion, and are an integral part of many ancient cultures. Labyrinths have been found all over the world. They are, in essence, a magical geometric shape which helps define sacred space. A labyrinth is not the same as a maze — there is only one path in, and one path out.

The Chocolate Rabbit Ritual  
Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there’s no reason we can’t have a good time with it as well. If you’ve got kids — or even if you don’t — this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year! Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, don’t even bother clicking the link.

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