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  Ostara, aka the Vernal Equinox
OSTARA (pronounced O-STAR-ah) is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats, and is usually celebrated on the Vernal or Spring Equinox right around March 21 (although because of its origins, may instead be celebrated on the fixed date of March 25).
Ostara is a time to celebrate the arrival of Spring, the renewal and rebirth of Nature herself, and the coming lushness of Summer.
Eostre, the Saxon Goddess of fertility, and Ostara, the German Goddess of fertility are the aspects invoked at this Sabbat.
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 The Pagan Web: Workshops, Books and Online Community
Ostara (pronounced "O-STAR-ah") is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is celebrated on the Spring Equinox, most often March 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd.
Ostara is a time for the celebration of fertility and balance, a time when all elements within and without us are brought into harmony.
Symbols used to represent Ostara include the egg (for fertility and eproduction) and the hare (for rebirth and resurrection), the New Moon, butterflies and cocoons.
www.thepaganweb.com /ostara.html   (1869 words)

  
 Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara is a holiday celebrated by many pagans as the rebirth of the world and beginning of spring.
Ostara is a festival of the Vernal equinox, the time of the year when day and night are of the same length.
Since Ostara is the second (middle) spring festival, it is often used for a blessing of the seeds that will soon be sown in gardens and the plants already springing up out of the ground.
www.eden.rutgers.edu /~rupagan/ginfo/ostara.html   (784 words)

  
 Ostara
In ancient Anglo-Saxon myth, Ostara is the personification of the rising sun.
In that capacity she is associated with the spring and is considered to be a fertility goddess.
Ostara is identical to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.
www.pantheon.org /articles/o/ostara.html   (107 words)

  
 Ostara - Goddess of Renewal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is the time of year when Ostara is honored and thanked as she resumes her "throne" and presides over the season of spring with her familiar, the rabbit.
Ostara is the living symbol for air and the life force of spring.
Ostara is the perfect goddess to call on when dealing with women's health issues, especially when related to the reproductive system.
www.goddessvision.net /Ostara.htm   (1082 words)

  
 Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara is often portrayed as a maiden dress in white and hills are said to be sacred to her.
Ostara is a feast celebrated in honor of the Goddess Eostre (Anglo-Saxon) or Ostara (German) and marks the beginning of Spring and the rebirth of the green world.
Ostara is also a time to celebrate the fertility of mind, body and spirit.
www.whisperinglakegrove.org /rituals/ostara.htm   (493 words)

  
 Byzant Scriptorium - The Pagan Festival of Ostara
Ostara is the solar festival that marks the transition from the dark to the light half of the year: day and night are of equal length.
By Ostara, life is returning to the land in noticeable ways, and thus nature demonstrates the festival's associations with revival and the ascendancy of light.
Ostara is a Germanic goddess of spring and fertility, and the name of her Anglo-Saxon equivalent, Eostre, was used to derive the term Easter by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century.
www.byzant.com /festivals/ostara.asp   (439 words)

  
 Pagan Forum - Ideas for Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light.
Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox.
HERBS to use in your magic at Ostara: lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac, violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
www.paganforum.com /showthread.php?s=cfdf78c2fceb22e3c55ccfa992d3b5b3&t=1926   (1743 words)

  
 Reacties op: "Pasen/Ostara, feest van het terugkerende licht"
Ostara is een typische seizoensgodin en symboliseert de overwinning van het licht en het aanbreken van de vruchtbare periode: de lente.
Ostara is de godin van de stralende morgen, het stijgende licht en ze is een blijmoedige en heilzame verschijning.
Ostara is het vruchtbaarheidsfeest, en een zekere eigenschap van de haas heeft hem de status van vruchtbaarheidssymbool verworven bij veel volkeren en culturen.
www.missgien.net /project0/archief/00000837.html   (956 words)

  
 Pi-Songs > Paganism > Sabbats > Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara always falls on the date of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox (March 20th in 2002.) Easter, on the other hand, moves around, always falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox.
The Teuton's celebrated with feasting and ritual at Ostara, as did the Norse, the Norse also celebrating her mating with the young God at this time rather than Bealtaine, the time most pagans celebrate this union.
However, decorating and distributing eggs at Ostara is probably the most popular and well-known of the age-old ways of honoring and celebrating the Spring season.
www.witchway.org /sabbats/ostara.shtml   (942 words)

  
 Easter history : holiday traditions and their origins, from Ishtar to the Easter Bunny.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the east.
Shaping candy Easter eggs and bunnies out of candy to celebrate the spring festival was, simply put, a way to celebrate the symbols of the goddess and the season, while laying claim to their strengths (vitality, growth, and fertility) for ourselves.
Eventually Lepus managed to anger the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the skies where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (The Hare) forever positioned under the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter).
www.goddessgift.com /pandora's_box/easter-history.htm   (1743 words)

  
 Ostara
Ostara is a festival of fertility and growth.
Ostara is a celebration of this renewal and rebirth of nature and warming of the Earth.
Ostara is also known as the Spring Equinox, the Vernal Equinox, Lady Day, Eostara, Easter, Alban Eiber, and Bacchanalia.
www.asiya.org /sabbats/ostara.html   (1962 words)

  
 Ostara's Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Eostra (Ostara) has fared somewhat better, although there is little direct evidence of her and her followers.
The name of Ostara's (Eostra's) festival was transferred to the celebration of Christ's resurrection when Anglo-Saxon and German heathens converted to Christianity.
Place names suggest that Ostara was venerated throughout ancient Germany and Denmark.
www.pitt.edu /~dash/ostara.html   (349 words)

  
 Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara is a time to celebrate the arrival of Spring and end of Winter.
Ostara marks the day when night and day are equal and balanced.
Foods in tune with Ostara are: eggs (hard-boiled, egg salad, or any way you like them), honey cakes, biscuits, cheeses, ham, the first fruits of the season, any foods made with seeds, such as sunflower, & sesame seeds, sprouts and green leafy vegetables.
home1.gte.net /~vze39qxu/ostara.htm   (490 words)

  
 Ostara Lore   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara was an important Goddess of spring to the ancient Saxons, but we know little else of her other than this.
Some have suggested that Ostara is merely an alternate name for Frigg or Freya, but neither of these Goddesses seem to have quite the same fertility function as Ostara does.
Rabbits are sacred to Ostara, especially white rabbits, and she was said to be able to take the form of a rabbit.
www.geocities.com /RainForest/Canopy/1956/eostre.html   (365 words)

  
 Ostara
The feast of Ostara takes its name from the Goddess Eostre, of whom little is known, except that she must have been a Goddess of spring, fertility, rebirth, and the rising sun.
However, Ostara is a time for rejoicing, not a grim and dour rite, so involve your entire family and Kindred in the fun of creating your eggs and other Ostara trappings.
The eggs for Ostara can either be hard-boiled so that they may be eaten, or the eggs may be "blown" while raw, removing the yolk and white while leaving the shell mostly intact for use as hanging ornaments to decorate your home, or to hang on an egg-tree.
vinland.org /heathen/mt/ostara.html   (3990 words)

  
 Pagan-Home - Festivals - Ostara
Ostara, also known as Eostar, Eostre and the Festival of Trees, Alban Eilir, is the Vernal Equinox, that occurs between March 19th and March 23rd, generally around March 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.
Ostara is also a time that heralds new beginnings, new life.
By the time we celebrate Ostara the deeply hidden stirrings of life reverenced during Imbolc are inchoate, green plant tips peeping from winter hiding places.
web.grinnell.edu /groups/pagan/pagan-home-ostara1.html   (638 words)

  
 Ostara 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara is the season in which the Mother Goddess returns to her Maiden youth and embraces the young Sun God and bears a child in this union.
Ostara is the sabbat named after Eostre (Oestre or Eastre), the Teutonic Goddess of spring and fertility.
Ostara then is the perfect time to balance our energies for new work, to reinvent ourselves, to take stock of our lives and move forward accordingly.
www.chroniclesofavalon.com /ostara2003.html   (4207 words)

  
 Goddess of Spring - Echoed Voices: March2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
My intention is neither to prove nor to disprove the existence of Ostara, but to present some of the available evidence, as well as share some of the traditions associated with Her, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Ostara is known as the harbinger of the Sun.
Ostara is a Goddess of fertility, rebirth, agriculture, purification, and health and healing.
www.echoedvoices.org /Mar2002/Goddess_of_Spring.html   (920 words)

  
 ! Assembly of The Elder Troth - Ostara Part 1 !
Ostara is celebrated in the greater Sydney, NSW region on or near 21st/22nd September.
Given that Ostara is defined by a transition of season, it seems that the specific date is less important than holding the rite when the natural world warrants it.
Ostara was one of the cradles of European theatrics, for not only mock plays but also musical performances were inspired by the season.
www.aetaustralia.org /ostara1.htm   (3297 words)

  
 Ostara
Ostara was the name of the Virgin Goddess of Spring in ancient Germany.
Ostara was a Sabbat of great importance in Greece, Rome, and in Nordic and Germanic lands, and it is from these traditions that the vast majority of our current Ostara customs come.
At Ostara, the Teutons honored their Goddess of Spring, Eostre for whom the Christian holiday of Easter is named with feasting and ritual.
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 Ostara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Foods in tune with Ostara are: eggs (hard-boiled, egg salad, or any way you like them), honey cakes, biscuits, cheeses, ham, the first fruits of the season, any foods made with seeds, such as sunflower, and sesame seeds, sprouts and green leafy vegetables.
The plants and herbs associated with Ostara are: crocus flowers, daffodils, Easter lilies, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, roses, strawberry, tansy and violets.
Traditional activities during Ostara consist of: planting seeds, potting plants, working on magickal gardens, practicing all forms of herbal work, such as artistic, culinary, magickal, and cosmetic, taking walks through gardens, parks, woodlands and other green places and of course, decorating and coloring or dying hard-boiled eggs.
jenngilbert.com /ostara.htm   (490 words)

  
 Ostara - netlexikon
Ostara wird, wie auch anderen indogermanischen Göttinen ähnlichen Namens mit dem Morgenstern identifiziert.
Bedas "Ostara" wurde dann von Jacob Grimm aufgegriffen, der aus dem friesischen "Âsteron", dem mittelhochdeutschem "Ôsteren", dem englischem "êastre" und dem althochdeutschem Wort für Ostern "Ôstarûn" den Göttinnennamen Austro- (Ostara) ableitete.
Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels gab von 1905 an eine Zeitschrift "Ostara" heraus, in der arische und antisemitische Rassentheorien verbreitet wurden.
www.lexikon-definition.de /Ostara.html   (574 words)

  
 Ostara. the Spring Sabbat
Poking up through the still-barren ground are the hopefull shoots of early flowers, and its starting to smell like Spring outdoors.
Ostara is also one of the more colorfull holidays.
Feasting and socializing are important to this holiday as well as the return of colour and spring.
www.jackowitch.com /Ostara.html   (178 words)

  
 Ostara - Welcome Back the Sun
Ostara is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.
She was the maiden whose aspects of renewal and rebirth brought about the reappearance of bright spring flowers and baby animals.
Ostara is a time to wear your new clothes.
thecronescottage.tripod.com /thecottagemarchostara2002/id1.html   (897 words)

  
 Pasen - OSTARA - de oude betekenis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ostara is de godin van het stralende licht, de wederkerende lente, de vernieuwing, beginnend leven en nieuw begin.
uit een zoete deeg is ook een gewoonte voor Ostara.
Ostara is een goede tijd om je aan personen of beloftes te binden.
www.femtopia.nl /jaar/pasen.htm   (337 words)

  
 Ostara
On 3 February Ostara was underway for the Boston Navy Yard with a pre-commissioning crew of Polana (AKA–35), her sister ship, aboard for training.
Upon arrival at Guam passengers and cargo were discharged and the ship proceeded to Saipan, where she underwent emergency hull repairs.
Ostara next touched at the Philippine Islands, arriving at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, 24 August, and at Manila, Luzon, 31 August where cargo was taken on, as well as a portion of the 43rd Army Division for transportation to Japan.
www.history.navy.mil /danfs/o4/ostara.htm   (454 words)

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