Ostara is the ancient German name for the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre, or Eastre, and her frstival is celebrated on the spring equinox. As a time of fertility and dawning, Ostara is widely associated with eggs and hares. The Anglo-Saxon month which became April was originally called Eastermonath. Ostara is a time of balance, day and night are of equal length, but the light is growing stronger. It is a time of birth and manifestation. Daffodils, crocuses and tulips are all in full bloom, blossom is appearing on trees and catkins can be found on willows and hazels. Any Rites are best performes at dawn or dusk, but preferably the former, the time beween light and dark.
Seeds may be blessed and planted. Seeds of wisdom, understanding and learning are also included. Eggs are often used at Ostara, it is a symbol of rebirth and it's yolk represents the sun, the God, anf it's white represents the Goddess. Egg production is stimulated when a hen's retina is stimulated by more that 12 hours of light, thus more eggs are produced after Ostara.
Now is the time to work on balancing energies within us, such as chakras, inner polarities etc. The Equinox also marks Persephone's return from the Underworld to reunite with her mother Demeter, making the earth green again.
This is a happy time of spring's definate return, and the balance of elements are brought into harmony. The God is now a Prince, and Persephone is Kore, returned from the Underworld. Where they dance, wild flowers appear, sorrow turns to joy and scarcity turns to abundance.
Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow