Saturday, March 20th
The Vernal Equinox is known as Ostara within the Neo Pagan community and, as with most things in these realms, it's origin is debated between scholars & historians along with the Pagan Reclamation groups.
What we do know is that in pre~Christian times, many cultures celebrated this Earth & Astronomical event with Ritual, Ceremony & Symbols representing Fertily & Abundance, ReBirth & New Life.
The familiar Easter decorations & traditions of a Hare or Rabbit hiding or delivering Colorful Eggs, Potted Lillies & Spring Bulbs, A 'new' Easter Outfit, Hot Cross Buns & more are testaments to this.
I have found this article very informative, well~researched & interesting if you'd like more information.
Ostara & the Hare
If you've ever wondered why the Sunday date of Easter changes each year, it is because its Date was set to coincide with the Pagan tradition of celebrating the Equinox & the Full Moon of that season...therefor Easter~ and the new 'Son' God's Death & Resurrection~ has since been held on the First Sunday after the First Day of Spring & after the First Full Moon following.
And the Rabbit? Well, the tale tells how the Goddess Eostre found a wounded bird in the snow. To help the little bird survive the winter, she transformed it into a rabbit, but the transformation was incomplete and the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs. In thanks for its life being saved, the rabbit took the eggs and decorated them and left them as gifts for Eostre. She was delighted and wanted all to share her joy, so the tradition continued.
Ostara is a time to celebrate the arrival of Spring, the renewal and rebirth of Nature herself, and the coming lushness of Summer. It is at this time when light and darkness are in balance, yet the light is growing stronger by the day. The forces of masculine and feminine energy, yin and yang, are also in balance at this time.
At this time we think of renewing ourselves. We renew our thoughts, our dreams, and our aspirations. We think of renewing our relationships. This is an excellent time of year to begin anything new or to completely revitalize something. This is also an excellent month for prosperity rituals or rituals that have anything to do with growth.
Click the Two Hares Above for a Fun Spring Abundance & Fertility Ritual! Remember, 'fertility' can be channeled for prosperity in other ways than reproduction of the species !