The word Ostara is just one of the many names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21.
The origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess
of spring. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal
equinox -- almost coincides with the Christian Easter in the west and
in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place.
One of the popular legends says that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on
the ground late in winter. To save the bird's life, she transformed it
into a hare. However, "the transformation was not a complete one. The
bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay
eggs...the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to
Eostre." For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to
celebrate planting and the new crop season.
Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.
To celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time
to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature –walk in park,
lay in the grass, hike through a forest.
Observe all the new things beginning around you -- plants, flowers, insects, birds.
Spring is the season of new beginnings ... a time of rebirth.
Enjoy the new Spring Season.!
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