The wheel of the year

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox also known as the Vernal Equinox (Ostara)

Spring equinox ...Ostara
by Pia Morgan of Pagan Tribal Gathering "Unite The Tribes"

One of my many rituals I do! But it has a special purpose for me as I've had so much happen in March - it's my birthday month I lost my nan ! It's my mums birthday month too, my life has changed so much! But as we turn the wheel in Spring life start again!

On par with Easter ! Ostara is one of my favorite times the light is well on it's way to lighter nights! The birds are all ready for mating & theres a surprisingly good feeling in the air !

We've started planting our seeds from Imbolc and their flourishing now ! Ready to go in the garden !

We honor the Goddess of Spring, Mother Earth has awaken so there is a rebirthing of the fire in our life. Yellows & Green candles adorne the altar - flowers are everywhere - the blossoms are out with a shower of catkins !!!(lambs tails), its all about fertility. Lambs are jumping - plus new projects new beginnings ....

Yes spring has sprung her way out of the darkness and shes bursting with excitement for the new energies that goes with the equinox. Its a time of change.

I make wands this time of the year as there is a newness in the branches full of power ready to send out as healing - there's a lovely full moon energy, we have been blessed with the wind blowing away the old and bringing in the new.

Oastara Altar

Here is one of my very first big events I did for Ostara

Oastara Altar

Hares and Freyja

In Northern Europe, Easter imagery often involves hares and rabbits. Citing folk Easter customs in Leicestershire, England where "the profits of the land called Harecrop Leys were applied to providing a meal which was thrown on the ground at the 'Hare-pie Bank'", late 19th-century scholar Charles Isaac Elton theorizes a connection between these customs and the worship of Ēostre.[20] In his late 19th-century study of the hare in folk custom and mythology, Charles J. Billson cites numerous incidents of folk custom involving the hare around the period of Easter in Northern Europe. Billson says that "whether there was a goddess named Ēostre, or not, and whatever connection the hare may have had with the ritual of Saxon or British worship, there are good grounds for believing that the sacredness of this animal reaches back into an age still more remote, where it is probably a very important part of the great Spring Festival of the prehistoric inhabitants of this island."

Some scholars have linked customs and imagery involving hares to Ēostre and the Norse goddess Freyja. Writing in 1972, John Andrew Boyle cites commentary contained within an etymology dictionary by A. Ernout and A. Meillet, where the authors write that "Little else ... is known about [Ēostre], but it has been suggested that her lights, as goddess of the dawn, were carried by hares. And she certainly represented spring fecundity, and love and carnal pleasure that leads to fecundity." Boyle responds that nothing is known about Ēostre outside of Bede's single passage, that the authors had seemingly accepted the identification of Ēostre with the Norse goddess Freyja, yet that the hare is not associated with Freyja either. Boyle writes that "her carriage, we are told by Snorri, was drawn by a pair of cats — animals, it is true, which like hares were the familiars of witches, with whom Freyja seems to have much in common." However, Boyle adds that "on the other hand, when the authors speak of the hare as the 'companion of Aphrodite and of satyrs and cupids' and point out that 'in the Middle Ages it appears beside the figure of Luxuria', they are on much surer ground and can adduce the evidence of their illustrations."