The celebration of Ostara is the celebration of Spring. It falls on the Spring Equinox every year around March 20-23 for the Northern Hemisphere and around September 20-23 in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Spring Equinox is a point in time when the balance between night and day is equal. From this time forward, the days will be longer, daylight will last a little longer.
This is a time of renewal and replenishment. In nature, it is a time when new life is everywhere. New shoots and plants are blooming everywhere and baby animals take their first steps into the world around them after being born during the cold hard winter.
Like the Autumn Equinox, balance is an important theme. It is also a time to celebrate a new awakening. You’ve come out of the long dark winter and are looking ahead to the time of light. Because in nature, there is a constant balance between the light and the dark and both should be celebrated.
My Aztec ancestors believed very strongly in this balance in life. Light needs dark and dark needs light. And here, in Ostara, its time to embrace the light. It’s a time to honor the sun and appreciate and be thankful to it for the light it brings us.
In agriculture, Ostara is the second of the three fertility celebrations. In ancient times, this would be a time to plow the fields, start new seeds, and harvest those early crops.
In my pagan practice, I often think of agriculture because it is a way of being close to my ancestors. My Aztec, Celtic, Anasazi, and Roman ancestors, just to name a few. It’s a way to remember that no matter how far removed we as humans become from nature, we can never truly be independent of the Universe. We are dependent on the sun and the Moon and the Earth. What the Universe gives us is what we have to work with and we cannot escape that.
So celebrate Ostara with colorful eggs, new chicks, and a celebration of the new life you see around you. The return of the birds, the flowers, the bees. The drawing back of the snow and how the world turns green around you.