Many of the present day rituals are derived from long ago customs. For instance, some of the traditional Easter events have their origins from early cultures welcoming in spring time. With the advent of Christian Easter as a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, some of the earlier customs were adapted to the season. Whether you celebrate the Spring Equinox and/or traditional Easter, it is always interesting to hear about the folklore that contributes to these current day customs. ~Les
Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox
Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, occurs in the middle of March. It marks the beginning of Spring and the time when days and nights are of equal length. The Goddess manifests as Ostara or Eostre with her basket of eggs. She is accompanied by the Hare or Rabbit, a manifestation of the God. Green has been sacred to this Sabbat since ancient times, because it represents the greening of the land with vegetation. This is a festival of new growth.
Prepare egg dishes and share them with friends. Organize egg games, such as egg hunts. Decorate your home with spring flowers and sprouting greens. Wear green clothing as an affirmation of new growth within yourself and Nature. Bless any seeds you plan to plant in your garden. Begin a new project. Make a growth charm out of a hard-boiled egg — decorate it with symbols, write on it the quality you would like to manifest more fully within yourself, energize it, and then eat it.
Again, no matter what spring welcoming events you practice or don’t, Spring is a good time to embrace the awakening of new growth and take time for yourself. Book a massage and let Elbe Body help you …