Spring is a time of hope, new beginnings, potential, and planting. Air, east, the new moon, the maiden archetype, inspiration, imagination, fresh flowers, nests, eggs, hawks, seeds, chimes, dragonflies, wonder, joy, playfulness, communication, spiders, purification, daffodils, childhood, and adventure are all associated with Ostara.
For readers who want to keep it simple, below is a collection of easy yet meaningful activities to celebrate the Spring Equinox. Pick whatever interests you, and continue as long as you wish. Perhaps one of them will become a daily practice.
* Put a bowl of candied eggs on a table or counter to bless new beginnings with sweetness and happiness.
* Hang wind chimes where you can here them when the breeze blows.
* Meditate while walking a labyrinth.
* Welcome new experiences.
* Bring fresh blooms and buds into your space. Give yourself extra points if they’re native and in season.
* Plant something, be it an intention, a goal, or a magical botanical.
* Open all the windows.
* Organize a draw or shelf, adding your favorite representation of spring, such as a small rabbit or a sprig of lemongrass.
* Celebrate the returning sun by greeting it at dawn and enjoying the quiet of a new day.
* Light a white and a black candle to honor the balance of light and dark on the equinox.
* Playfully push your comfort zone and refresh your appearance with a new hair color or style, or experiment with a new clothing fashion
* Infuse an egg with your intentions, then bury it outdoors to disperse them to the Universe. You can write on it or otherwise decorate it. You can hold it and meditate or chant. Or not.
* Bring spring inside by adding accents in pastel colors to your rooms.
* Collect up the garbage littering your favorite park.
* Celebrate your inner child. Consider activities that spark a sense of childlike wonder. Perhaps you might have a tea party, fly a kite, or go on a picnic.
* Include some traditional Ostara foods – quiche, deviled eggs, sweet bread, sprouts, leafy greens, hot crossed buns, chocolate – in your meals.
* Adopt an additional eco-friendly habit such shopping at the farmers market or eliminating plastics.
* Leave out an offering to Mother Nature or a favorite deity.
* Take a cleansing ritual bath.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.