It’s Ostara and Spring is finally here!
Ostara, the Wiccan and Pagan Sabbat, occurs at the same time as the Spring Equinox. The most common associations are rabbits and eggs – much like Easter. Ostara celebrates the renewal of life after the dark, cold Winter. There are many ways to honor the day.
Color eggs naturally
Color eggs with natural dyes. Add water and a little vinegar to the following ingredients and dip the eggs for several minutes. Use tumeric for yellow, onion skins or paprika for orange, blueberries for blue, beets or cranberry juice for red/pink. If you’d like technical directions, Martha Stewart has recipes. Afterward save the used shells to mix in with garden soil and around rose bushes.
It’s Spring cleaning time
Ugh…Anyway, it’s a perfect time to do a deep clean in every room – which I am going to do this year. For the first time in – you don’t want to know. After cleaning, smudge your rooms with sage. Read my article on how to do it.
Plan your garden
It’s almost planting season so it’s time to figure out what type of garden you want this year, as well as what type of plants. Just as there are many seeds and plants to choose from, there are also many types of gardens. Thnk about how you want your life to evolve and choose plants to enhance it.
Different types of gardens
Here are a few ideas to start with. Fill out your particular garden with the plants and flowers that you love.
Herb garden: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, oregano, rosemary
Tea garden: chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena, mint
Medicinal garden: garlic, lavender, echinacea, aloe (maybe better in a pot in the house?)
Witch garden: any of the above, or get a ready-made starter kit of seeds from alchemy-works.com. They sell a collection of easy to grow plants for a witch’s garden that includes: clary sage, black-seeded poppy, elfwort, mugwort, sage, vervain, and yarrow for only $21.85. There are seeds for other witches’ gardens on their site as well.
Decorate your home
Decorate with rabbit figurines, baskets of dyed eggs and Spring flowers such as hyacinths and tulips. Burn pink, yellow and purple candles throughout the house. Change the sofa pillows to a light floral or bird pattern and put bright placemats or tablecloths on your tables.
For an Ostara dinner, eat hard boiled eggs with a slice of ham steak, asparagus and boiled new potatoes. Bake (or buy) a peach or strawberry-rhubarb pie for dessert.
I was going to include a recipe for Hot Cross Buns but, frankly, they are so inexpensive, why bother? If you do wish to bother, you can find recipes for them at KingArthurFlour.com or the foodnetwork.com.
Now to get a little witchy – Oomancy
In the evening, once all the work is done, the meal has been enjoyed, and you are ready to relax, perform a little oomancy. This is scrying with eggs. Crack a raw egg and drop the white into a pot or mug of hot water. See what shape the white forms. Accurate? I’m not sure about that. Silly? Sure, but it’s SPRING!! Let’s get silly!