Ostara – The Sprinq Equinox in Other Words

It’s nearly here. Not that the weather is conforming to what should be happening at this time of year. But fear not, it won’t be long. In the meantime, I thought these fella’s might cheer you up. These kind of gnomes can be seen in many a garden around here in Le Marche. I’m quite tempted to invite one to stay but I’m not sure.

I follow Wicca Teachings on Facebook. It’s a great place to learn about our Pagan history and I’m always fascinated by their posts. So today, March 20th is called Ostara in Pagan terms. It’s the first day of Spring after the long hard Winter (I know, it’s still here for many of us, but patience my friends).

Ostara is where night and day align in perfect balance and celebrates the time of fertility, birth and newborns. So full of hope and opportunities for the days ahead. The Goddess of Spring is known as Eostre and her symbols are rabbits and eggs… get the connection with the festival some will be celebrating at the end of the month?

Easter, which now includes the celebration of the Resurrection as well as the Pagan symbols, is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after Ostara.

“A kind word is like a spring day.” Russian Proverb

This quote feels rather pertinent at this time, my son lives a couple of miles from Salisbury so it’s a little close to home.

There, don’t you feel enlightened?  Happy Spring Equinox, now I’m off to go chat up gnome.

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