Monday, March 13, 2017

Natural Ostara Altar 2017



Spring and fall are my two favorite seasons. Of course, I also loved summers in New England. ...and the way ice clung to bare tree branches in winter.

I guess I just love nature? Go figure.

While fall wins by a smidgen (pumpkins!!!), spring is a VERY close second as my favorite season. I love the tiny buds of unfolding leaves that seemingly appear overnight. I marvel at the delicate blades of grass that push through the muddied soil of the defrosting ground. Birds chirping in the cool, flower-scented breeze. Tulips and perfume-y jasmine and wild daffodils—oh my! 

And anything—anything!— in pastel. I'm kind of a boho gypsy that way, hence the turquoise dining table below.

So clearly, Ostara is one of my favorite Sabbats. It's a time of renewal and refreshment. A time to let go and be light. A time to see promise in what was once dark. 

If you're unfamiliar with Ostara, the Spring Equinox, check out my post on 10 Ways to Celebrate Ostara Without Spending a Dime to learn more about the meaning of Ostara as well as what foods and celebrations are appropriate for this vernal holiday!



Per the usual, I kept my altar simple. Egg shells for fertility. Lavender and rose petals for the coming blooms (remember to embrace what you have on hand!). The candle, which I had to take inside to light due to the gusty and dusty New Mexico spring, represents the growing warmth of the earth. Dirt because, you know, spring. The greenery is from olive leaf, which isn't just a beautiful tree but also a pretty friggen awesome anti-infective (among other things). Love, love, love olive leaf.

Fun fact: olive leaf is one of the first herbs I worked with when I began a path of herbalism. This will be on the test that I never give you, so make sure to write that down. 

If you live in a verdant place, an Ostara Altar will be easy! Simply step outside, take in the nature around you, and use what is available to you. Spring is such an amazing time for that.

With that said, you also may be buried in snow. If that's what your nature is providing, go with it. Write a wish in the snow, smile at the humor of Mother Nature, and try not to go The Shinning on your family. That's kind of the exact opposite of fertility and growth. More of a Samhain theme, really.

Happy Ostara, Everyone! May your spring be filled with flourishing flora, baby fauna, and just a liiiiitle bit of chocolate! ;)


What's your favorite way to celebrate Ostara?


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4 comments:

  1. I love your use of the egg shells! Very simple yet effective. I set my altar up over the weekend. I'll be sharing pictures in a couple days. Still working on editing all the pictures. =P

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    1. Thank you, Willow! =D I look forward to seeing them!

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  2. Love your simple yet powerful altar. I had set aside eggs shells, planning on using them pretty much the way you did but my SO thought I'd forgotten to throw them and tossed them into the bin... next year :D
    (oh, and I have to say that I've enjoyed your e-book :D)

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    1. Oh no! That's happened around here a time or two! =S

      I'm so very glad you're enjoying the e-book. Thanks for supporting the site! And thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment. Hope you have a wonderful spring, Aegiale!

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