Vernal (Spring) Equinox

(ver = spring; equinox =equal night)

Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator on March 20, 2010, this will give us about 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

The vernal Equinox is celebrated as a time of growth and renewal.

In ancient times, Europeans celebrated the coming of the Goddess of Spring- Ostera also known as Eostre.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox and it is thought that Easter gets its name from Eostre, she had an enchanted rabbit that could lay eggs.

Vernal Equinox Traditions:

Pagan tradition may include a green cloth, candle, soil, seed, flowers, paper and a pen on the altar. There’s a dance around an imaginary circle clock-wise. Each participant records desires on paper,  then the paper is burned. The ashes are then mixed with the soil.

Persians have a dinner made up of seven foods, beginning with the letter ‘S.’ Table decorations include a mirror, a bowl of water with one freshly-picked green leaf and a centerpiece of candles.

Eggs are often colored and covered with symbols that represent wisdom, strength, and fertility.

On the Vernal Equinox, it’s said that it is possible to balance a raw egg on its side.

Children’s Ostara Chant

Welcome, welcome, warm fresh earth!
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring is the season we love the best!
Celebrate the green of the earth with me –
Happy Ostara, and blessed be!

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