Women Transcending Boundaries invited the Circle of the Rising Phoenix to share with us their celebration of Ostara, the Spring Equinox, led by Terra Harmatuk on March 24 at Jowonio School.
Terra gave the following description:
Ostara (or Eostar) is one of the Eight Sabbats of Wicca and other Pagan religions. It marks the Spring Equinox, the time when day and night are equal. This is a time to celebrate the beginning of Spring, and the time of balance. This day was celebrated by the Picts (Native Britons) but not by the Celts.
As we welcome Spring we seek to find balance in all aspects of our lives. We see around us ancient symbols of spring: eggs, chicks, and of course the rabbit. The rabbit was the moon-hare sacred to Goddess. Long before there was a man in the moon the hare was seen in the moon. The hare has a gestation period of 28 days, the same as a woman’s moon cycle.
This is the time of Persephone’s return from from Hades to the land of the living, where she rejoins her mother Demeter to assure that life returns to the earth. Join us in celebrating the return of Persephone.
Decorate wish eggs to make known your hopes and dreams for the future.
NOTE: Women brought donations of baby supplies in response to a call from Eastern Farmworkers on behalf of a young disabled woman who is about to give birth but has few necessities for her newborn.