Ostara is the first day of spring and one of the Pagan’s lesser Sabbats. Bangor area Pagans will be decorating their altars for their Ostara rituals or just to honor the Goddess on this day. The following are some ideas for Ostara altar decorations.
The altar cloth
A solid pastel colored cloth is perfect for the Ostara altar. Pastel colors include; light yellow, pale pink, mint green, lavender, and baby blue. The colors of grass green, silver, and gold are associated with Ostara as well. A fabric that has a mixture of pastel colors is a good idea as well. The fabric store may also have egg, rabbit, butterfly, or spring flower printed fabric that can be used as an altar cloth.
Dye eggs using Ostara pastel colors and place them in a wicker basket in the center of the altar. If one wishes, Pagan symbols can also be painted on the eggs using silver or gold paint. Popular pagan symbols include; pentacles, Goddess, God, pentagrams, moon phases, spirals, and the triple Goddess.
Egg shaped candles can also be used as altar decorations on this day. These can be purchased in pastel colors, and with or without designs.
It is still cold outside in Maine. Finding spring flowers may not be an easy task. Check the local greenhouses to see if they have any flowers available to buy. If you can’t find any fresh flowers, fake spring flowers can also be used as altar decorations. Place some flowers around the basket of eggs. Flowers can also be placed with the eggs. If a basket of eggs isn’t being used, fill a wicker basket with spring flowers instead. Another idea for and Ostara altar decoration is a flower garland. The garland can be made by stringing the flowers together with a needle and thread. A potted flower makes a good altar decoration as well.
Rabbits, butterflies, bees, baby animals, or other spring ornaments can also be used as altar decorations. Choose a couple of small knickknacks placed on the altar. If you use too many, the altar will become cluttered.