Some call this. Sabbat “Ostara”, a name which echoes in the origins of Christianity’s Easter. No matter the title, the symbolism is essentially the same, for this is the first day of spring.
This is the fertility festival of vegetation – everything is once again green with new life, and swelling with unopened blooms and the promise that is to come. Babylonians recognize it as the new year; Greeks held the Festival of Dionysus at this time, and the Romans had their Lupercalia. The Christians’ “last fling” of Shrove Tuesday is Paganism’s “first fling”, celebrating the “light” half of the year.
The Sabbat of the Spring Equinox is used to honor the Maiden Goddess aspect, and the Young King who feels First Love. It is a good time to plant seeds, symbolic of new beginnings. It is also a good time to start working on any long-term goals that you may have. Milk, flowers, honey cakes and decorated eggs are offered to the God and Goddess on this day.
May the seeds you plant this season flourish and bear wonderful fruits!
This is the second of the harvest festivals, marking the fall point of equal day and night. Because of this equality, both God and Goddess are honored. In many magicks, you will read about the “in-between” times and places – midnight and noon, crossroads and doorways. Places and times that fall exactly halfway are conditions in which the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. This is a good time to work on focus and balance.
I would like to point out a few things about the harvest time, In agricultural societies, the harvest season is hardly a time of frivolity. Everyone in the community is involved in the harvest; children do not even begin school until the season has passed. In other words, the cultures to which these harvest festivals are attributed do not have time to be festive during this season. This is not to say that there are no harvest festivals in agricultural society; I just feel that they only recognize one of the three that make up the harvest Sabbats of Witchcraft. Autumn Equinox is sometimes known as the “Witches’ Thanksgiving”.
Here’s wishing you all a wealth of balanced abundance!