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Ostara (Spring Equinox) March 20 - 22
Called Ostara after the Saxon Goddess Eostre, this is a time of renewal, regeneration and resurrection as the Earth wakes from her long slumber. This is the time of planting, children, and young animals.
It is the fertility of the Earth that we celebrate, and we symbolize this new life springing from sun and soil with eggs, chicks, lambs, and rabbits (all symbols of the Great Mother). Ostara promises freedom from the dreariness of winter. It heralds the return of hope and dreams.
The word Ostara originates from a Spring Goddess’s name - Eostre. The symbols of Ostara are uncannily similar to the traditions of the Christian holiday Easter. Why is this? To find Jesus’ Resurrection Day on the calendar – look at the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, and Easter will be on the first Sunday following the full moon. If it happens the first full moon of Spring falls on a Sunday, then Easter will be on the following Sunday.
But where does the Easter Bunny come from? Just like so many other
historical holiday icons and traditions, the Easter Bunny was born from
Pagan customs. Bunnies are cute, fluffy, and hippety-hoppety. But
they’re also known for mating. It should come as no surprise
the Rabbit is one of Ostara’s original symbols of fertility.