Welcoming Spring Equinox with Open Arms
In the Northern hemisphere, today is Vernal Equinox - the first day of spring! This
day is also known as Ostara or Ēostre, after the Goddess known by those same
names. This day is one of the eight major pagan and Wiccan sabbats, as marked
by the Wheel of the Year. It is a time to celebrate birth, fertility, new beginnings.
The great Goddess has passed from her crone phase and is reborn as maiden. This day also marks when the sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, so astrologically speaking - Happy New Year!
If the name Ēostre sounds familiar, it is because the Anglo-Saxon month(Eostremonth), also gave its name to the Christian festival of Easter. Many of the Neopagan, as well as Christian themes and symbols associated with this time of year have roots in ancient springtime fertility rites - eggs, rabbits or hares, lambs, chicks or ducklings, and lots of flowers (particularly daffodils, tulips, crocus and others which bloom early in the growing season.)
Read more about how to celebrate this holiday @ The Wonderworks Blog »