SPRING EQUINOX



Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, marks the beginning of Spring & the time when day & night are of equal length.
It  is a magical time which signals winter is over & summer is on the way. 

DECORATIONS:

Decorate with budding twigs, flowers, willow catkins, sprouting bulbs.

FOOD:

Any dairy food is an Ostara food.
Goat cheese in particular have a very close connection with Ostara.

Drink dandelion,nettle & burdock teas & cordials at this time as these herbs help to cleanse the blood & are a good tonic for the body after its winter hardships.

CELEBRATE:

To Pagans, this is the time of the ancient Saxon goddess, Eostre, who stands for new beginnings & fertility.
This is why she is symbolized by eggs (new life) & rabbits/hares (fertility).

Spring Equinox is seen as a time of renewal, both in nature & at home. 
Clean up around the house to remove the negative or old energies that have been accumulated over the winter months. 



Plant your wishing beans:

Choose some beans that most closely sum up what it is you wish to grow in your life. 
Prepare a pot of soil by stirring it with your finger, visualizing your good energy entering into the soil. 
Smooth the surface of the soil & then make shallow holes for the beans. 
Hold the beans in your hand & breathe into them, infusing them with your hopes.
Plant them, visualizing concrete things you intend to do during the next few weeks to make your wish become reality. 
Then water them well, cover the pot with plastic wrap & place it on the windowsill.
In a couple of days, check to see if anything has come up.
If the soil is dry, water it. 
Soon your beans will sprout. 
After the danger of frost is past, you can plant it in your garden.
If for some reason your beans fail to sprout, you may want to rethink your goals & try again..


MAGIC & FOLKLORE:

One swallow does not make a spring.
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.
Use a broom to sweep hard-boiled eggs from outside your home to inside to bring in abundance & fertility.
Brown eggshells can be added to protective or healing magic for pets or livestock.
Bury rotten eggs near a crossroad to cause an abundance to be taken away from an enemy.
To ensure that there will be no shortage of food at your home during the winter & to keep those living there safe,bury one egg at each of the four cardinal points of your property:east,south,west,north.
Decorated eggshells hanging from bushes & trees shed blessings of abundance on the land they surround.

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