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The March Equinox is the equinox on the Earth when the subsolar point appears to leave the Southern Hemisphere and cross the celestial equator, heading northward as seen from Earth. In astronomy, the March Equinox is the zero point of sidereal time and, consequently, right ascension. It also serves as a reference for calendars and celebrations in many cultures and religions.
Chances are, you come across some stories that the presenters claim are ancient, and reach into the pre-Christian past. One popular story you might have seen recently involves the origin of the Easter Bunny. Essentially, the tale is that Ostara, the ancient Germanic goddess of the spring, transformed a bird into a hare, and the hare responded by laying colored eggs for her festival.
The celebration of spring is present in many ancient customs, across all cultures, and it seems that Witchcraft has borrowed from many of them for Ostara. Like many other spring celebrations in other cultures, Ostara symbolizes fertility, rebirth, and renewal. This time of year marked the beginning of the agricultural cycle, and farmers would start planting seeds.
Many of the symbols of Ostara have roots in other traditions, and the use of rabbits and hares is one such example. In medieval times in Europe, the March hare was seen as a fertility symbol, and a sign of spring. This species of rabbit is nocturnal most of the year, but in March, it is mating season for the animal. During mating season, March hares are seen all day long. Additionally, females of this species can get pregnant with a second litter while pregnant with their first litter. This explains why they were used as symbols for fertility.
Modern day Witchcraft might go outside to meditate and perform a simple ritual to welcome the spring. Another common way to celebrate the coming spring is to plant seeds. Some families incorporate seasonal candy, such as peeps and chocolate rabbits, with their kids to help them get in the spirit of the event.
Ostara is also a good time to freshen up your home and life. Take time to do some spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t just limited to your home. Take some time to declutter and clean up areas where you spend a lot of time, like your car, your computer or your work office.
Traditional colors of this season combine the cold colors of Winter with warm Summer colors to form the pastel shades of lavender, pink, green and yellow.
The lamb is another symbol of Ostara and was sacred to virtually all the virgin goddesses of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The lamb, too, has been carried over to the new religious festival of Easter.
The Easter basket is filled with Witchcraft symbols, colored and decorated eggs, chocolate bunnies and little chicks. The origin of the basket itself is thought to be closely linked to eggs, because it is believed that the earliest people were inspired to weave baskets by watching birds build the nests in which they laid their eggs.
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