This is a day of balance: halfway between the solstices, the light hours have become roughly equal in number to the dark ones.
Named after the Germanic fertility goddess Ostara (from whom Easter gets its name), it’s also a day of magic, freshness, romance, and new beginnings.
Of course if you have all day or a few hours to celebrate, go for it! On the other hand, if you want some quickie celebration ideas – or if you want to enhance your other celebrations with a snappy addendum or two – this post has got you covered.
Nothing says springtime like flowers, and flowers bring a fresh, verdant energy into a space. So choose or gather a bouquet that speaks to you. Hold it in sunlight (if it’s sunny outside, otherwise visualize sunlight filling it) and call on the Goddess Ostara to bless it with the qualities of balance, playfulness, love, and new beginnings. Then place it on your altar or elsewhere in your home.
Ostara has a childlike quality of playfulness and fun. So dance! It’s especially great if you can do this outdoors and barefoot, while also laughing at the silliness and wildness of it all. This will not fail to fill you with that buoyant, vibrant, springtime vibration that magnetizes blessings and spreads joy wherever you go.
Relax and center yourself. Hold a chocolate egg in your right hand and cup your left hand over the top. Conjure up the feelings associated with the most positive possible manifestation of a brand new intention. Consciously direct the energy of these feelings and visions into the egg. Then eat it. (This will internalize your intention and set it in motion, sort of like planting a seed.) Repeat with up to two more intentions.
As the sensual and joyful reawakening of the earth, springtime provides a generous supply of blissy romance energy. Invoke this energy and bring it into your home and love life by scattering rose petals across your made bed. Leave them there until the next time you use it.
And then the old standby: planting seeds on Ostara. If you live in an area that’s still in danger of frost, just plant them in a pot on a windowsill. Bless them first, perhaps by holding them in sunlight (if it’s a sunny day) and empowering them with your most glorious intentions for the coming season and year.