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Easter, Ostara and the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox has already occurred but many Pagans celebrate this special day during the time of Easter.  There are many names for this Sabbat including Ostara, Oestara, Eostre's Day, Rite of Eostre, Festival of the Trees and Lady Day ( 

Many believe that Easter’s roots and traditions stem from Ostara. There is an interesting and decidedly pagan custom in figuring out when Easter is each year. It is determined as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Easter and Ostara’s Symbols
Easter’s symbols are also common to Ostara. Eggs, representing renewed life and fertility since the time of the ancient Egyptians and Persians have been dyed and eaten in honor of the returning spring. Rabbits are associated with the moon, fertility and rebirth; all energies of spring, renewal and regeneration.

Magick for Ostara
Pagans believe that Ostara is the best time of the year to do magick for opening doors and new beginnings. Blessing actual seeds for the garden, as well as the figurative seeds of new ideas is recommended for this time.

Whether one celebrates Easter or Ostara, the key here is in celebrating rebirth.