As March dances across the threshold of her midpoint, the last traces of winter fade into memory. Spring unfurls herself through purple crocuses and daffodil buds, cacophonous birdsong and blankets of tiny blue flowers. In the blink of an eye, hope returns to the heart and the landscape, and our collective consciousness embraces the dawning of new growth and possibilities!
The Spring Equinox is a time of rebirth, renewal, and beginnings. It’s a time to make plans, plant seeds, and celebrate the miracle of life. The season holds many opportunities to connect–with ourselves, with the goddess, and with each other. Here are seven ways you can celebrate Ostara and the spring equinox and blossom as powerfully as the Season herself!
Go On a Wildflower Walk
To celebrate Ostara and the Spring Equinox, I lace up my hiking boots and go for a walk in the woods. My goal? To spot as many wildflowers as I can while falling into the beauty of the primal, natural divine. There’s something sacred in trekking across the damp, spongy Earth to witness the tiniest details of Spring’s unfurling and to honor the miracle of life itself.
Once you’ve walked a ways, take a seat against a tree and place your palms against the Earth. If you can, be sure to get your hands dirty–rubbing up against nature is good for the soul! Breathe, connect, and remember that you were born from nature, too.
Take an Astral Trip with a FERTILITY Goddess
Ostara is a pagan celebration of fertility, so it stands to reason that a chat with the mother goddess would be a wonderful way to align with the season! Light a candle in your sacred space, close your eyes, and imagine yourself in a clearing with tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils. Conjure the image of a fertile and/or spring goddess (Brigid, Cybele, Eostre, Kostroma, Beiwen, and Flora are just a few) and reach out with reverence and curiosity.
You may ask for guidance or travel with her across the landscape of your mind–whatever your witchy little heart desires! I often channel messages from the goddess through automatic writing, and if this appeals to your brand of magick, by all means, go for it!
(For tips on astral travel and other Mind Witch goodness, check out The Mind Witch’s Guide)
Perform the “Serve Yourself” Ritual
Let me come clean–I am NOT a winter person! I always find that I lose my vitality and joie de vivre during the darker months, so I always set aside some time to come back to myself as part of my spring equinox celebrations.
Last year, I created an entire ritual dedicated to celebrating who I am, what I love, and what I desire. It incorporates a daily journal prompt response exercise, magickal playlist craft, and dramatic poetic recitations at the altar–everything I need to remember who I am!
If you’d like to get down and serve yourself in the witchiest of ways, you can download it now–for free!
Cleanse Your Sacred space
They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing–now is the perfect time to open the windows, dust off the cobwebs, and rework your sacred space. You can simply choose to polish your altar, tools, and deities with consecrated water, or you can incorporate special altar adornments that correspond to spring. I like to add fresh flowers to my sacred space this time of year–in addition to making everything bright and cheery, flowers invite deep connection with the earth and her cycles and bring me into the spirit of the moment.
Create a Spring Equinox “Look Book”
In the winter, my clothing choices are basically restricted by what’s 1) comfiest, and 2) what’s warmest. As soon as the wheel turns, however, I’m dive into some much-needed persona magick by crafting a spring wardrobe that showcases the joy I feel as the Earth wakes up again!
I dedicate an entire afternoon to packing away my winter clothes and airing out my spring clothes, and I often feels as if I’m having tea with old friends. I try on all of my spring pieces and take pictures of the looks I create so I can reference them throughout the season. Trust me–it’s an invigorating act of self-creation, and having a collection of outfits to choose from saves time and sanity on really busy mornings!
Unleash Your Inner Child by Dying Eggs!
Egg decoration is a practice that spans cultures and ages–archaeologists have found evidence of this ancient art form dating back to 65,000 years ago. It’s one that I practiced every year as a child, and I still feel the same glee and delight I felt then when I do it now.
Just in case you need it, here’s a simple recipe:
Hard boil eggs. Place eggs in a pot, fill with cold water so eggs are fully submerged, place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil, then remove from flame and let sit for 12 minutes.
Make dye. Boil water. Pour 1/2 cup of boiled water in a bowl or mason jar along with a teaspoon of white vinegar and 10-20 drops of food coloring.
Dye the eggs: use some tongs to place eggs into jars/bowls. When you’re satisfied with the color, place them back into the empty egg carton to dry.
Host a “Pre-Garden” Party
As any gardener knows, the spring equinox is the perfect time to turn up the flower bed and add compost and fertilizer for the planting season. Not only is this a beautiful opportunity to connect with the Earth, it’s a beautiful opportunity to connect with others as well. Invite your friends and family over to prepare the beds and to share in an afternoon tea. You can even hard-boil some eggs beforehand to dye afterwards! Working together to achieve a common goal is one of the most powerful and lasting forms of bonding, and in this case, you can celebrate Ostara and the Spring Equinox while you do so!
I hope that you find these 7 rituals and practices align you with the hope and rebirth of the season and help you connect with the spirit of the spring. So much love to you, and Happy Equinox!