Celebrating Ostara in the upper Northwest...Plus a FREE Ostara Recipe Book

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A day of balance between dark and light (equinox is Latin for equal night) here in the northern hemisphere we are getting ready for spring. The days have been getting longer, up to now still holding more darkness than light but that is all about to change. This year, in Minnesota, we have had one of the snowiest winters on record and the ground is covered in feet of frozen white. It makes it hard to focus on the energies of spring.

Springtime is something everyone who deals with cold, bleak winters dreams about. It is a time of promise, change, and cleansing. A time of hope, growth and new beginnings; fertility returns to the land as she wakes from her long winter’s nap. The sun is grown in strength and virility, driving his heat and light into the cool waiting depths of the earthen goddess, finding her waiting seeds and coaxing them to birth new life. 
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The fertile magick that is the endless dance of sun and earth sweep all life up into its ceaseless rhythm. The exultant joy of surviving the cold and the returning abundance drive flora and fauna alike into ceaseless creation. It is time to spread your seed. Seeds of ideas, change, growth…it doesn’t matter! Nurture baby ideas into strong bountiful plans the same as a master gardener coaxes life from a tiny dormant kernel held in his palm. There is a beauty and wonder to all the potential that gives hope for the future. 

Spring magick can take many forms. Simply basking in the sun and taking simple enjoyment of its heat and the life it brings can be enough. Many witches in my neck f the woods are starting seeds indoors for the coming thaw and short growing season we get. We know we have 4-6 weeks before the weather is warm enough to plant outside.

A ritual bath to clear away the dark lethargy of winter can be a great idea. Pick soaps with bright citrus or floral smells to wake your mind or remind you of flowering fields. Something with exfoliation to it wakes up the skin while scrubbing away what is no longer vital. Candle meditations embrace the fire and heat of the sun and place it at the tips of your fingers.

Let's not forget about food. Meals of light fresh foods like spring greens, early fruits, effervescent drinks, or anything that brings happiness, light, and celebration to mind is a great focus for the day and season. We've got a recipe book with seasonal and sabbat corresponding goodies to nourish more than your stomach. 

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