Ostara

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Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox was, and still is to those who practice the old ways, all about fertility. We used, and still use eggs and rabbits in those rituals and festivals because they are the two most potent fertility symbols in ancient pagan lore. Those ancient pagans wanted their crops to grow, their livestock to reproduce, and their own families to grow as well.

I'm not quite sure how those two ancient fertility symbols got turned around the way they did and wound up in the Christian Easter celebration playing the parts in it they do. But, I do know it amuses me to see the Christian moms and dads happily dressing their kids up to go hunt Easter eggs left by of all things, a rabbit, seemingly without a clue as to the true ancient meaning of those two symbols.

Speaking of eggs, I have provided you with a small excerpt about Ostara from the Witch Vox site that has a very interesting and entertaining little trick you can do right before and after Ostara. Check out the link, and have some fun with the Ostara trick.
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You Call It Easter, We Call It Ostara
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Author: Peg Aloi [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: April 7th. 1997
Times Viewed: 234,220

(originally posted 5/1/1997) Try this sometime with your children or a young niece, nephew or cousin: on the day of the Vernal or Autumnal Equinox, just a few moments before the exact moment of the equinox, go outside with a raw egg. Find a reasonably level place on the sidewalk or driveway. For a few moments just before and just after the equinox, you can balance the egg upright (wider end down) by simply setting it down on the ground. No kidding! It will stand up all by itself. Kids love this, and most adults are amazed and delighted, too.

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Many Holidays, Many Names:
The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.
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