5 Ways to Celebrate Ostara (the Spring Equinox) Like a Modern Witch


You know it’s the first day of spring, as well as the vernal equinox, but are you down with Ostara? Today’s modern feminist witch knows that rituals are ultra cool, but like, when do you have time to prep for them while you are busy steaming your vagina or tattooing quotes from Broad City on yourself with a needle and ballpoint pen āla Foxfire?

Thanks to the very rad Tess Whitehurst for writing this sweet guide that originally appeared on her blog.


For those in the Northern Hemisphere, Ostara — also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox — is upon us!

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’re looking for quick Ostara celebration and ritual ideas — or if you want to enhance your other celebrations with a snappy addendum or two — this post has got you covered.

1. Bless a bouquet of fresh flowers, and place it in your home.

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.

2. Dance and laugh at the same time (preferably barefoot and outside).

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.

3. Bless chocolate eggs with your new intentions, then eat them.

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 — so appropriate for Ostara!) Repeat with up to two more intentions.

4. Scatter rose petals on your bed.

As the sensual and joyful reawakening of the earth, springtime provides a generous supply of blissy romance energy. Invoke this energy at Ostara, 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.

5. Plant seeds.

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.

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