Sunday, 19 March 2017

Oestara/Spring Equinox Celebration Ideas

Tomorrow is Oestara/Ostara aka the Spring Equinox. (Or you're in the Southern Hemisphere it's your Autumn Equinox. Happy Madron!). I thought it would be good to do a post with some ideas for celebrating :)

Here are some links to inspire you:*

I've done No 3 on Tess Whitehurst's list (Bless chocolate eggs). I used one of the mini chocolate eggs I got from Marks & Spencer recently. This time of year is great if you like chocolate because of all the Easter choc in the shops! I've been really into Cadbury solid chocolate mini eggs lately, lol.

I usually celebrate the sabbats by making some food and/or drink and this year I've decided to make sugar cookie bars for Oestara and put Mini Eggs on top. I first made them two years ago and they didn't come out so well. At the time I'd never made them before so had no idea how they were supposed to be. I think mine came out too thick but I still liked them. Now I have an idea what they should be like and also I'm using a different recipe. I'll do a post next week about it. :)

If you're into baking you might like to try fairy cakes (which are basically cupcakes). I made them for Oestara in 2014. Click the Oestata link at the top of the page or visit it here for the recipe:

At the beginning of the year I got Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac and that's given me some more ideas to celebrate the sabbats. Last month I was inspired by some of the Imbolg activities in the book. There's a Notes page for each sabbat and I've been making lists of things to do. A bit earlier today I went up to a local nature reserve (one of my activities). I hasn't been up there in months and thought it would be nice to go and take some pictures. I hoped to get some of the sunset, but there wasn't much of one tonight because the weather was cloudy. I did take some pictures of the countryside but they didn't come out that well because it was getting dark. I plan to go there again on a sunny day and take some more. Anyway, it was good to be in the fresh air and I saw some rabbits and a fox running round the hill!

I've really noticed a difference in the last week or so with the days getting longer and nights shorter. It feels lighter now that the season's changing. Tomorrow is the first official day of spring. The daffodils have really come out lately and a few trees are starting to blossom. I'm looking forward to seeing more signs of spring. :)

If you'd like to read more about Oestara here are a couple more links:

Update 14/3/21: Wildwood ansd Sage is now closed, so the links no longer work.

And if you're planning to do some spring cleaning you might like this article:

Happy Oestara/Spring Equinox! :)

*17/3/19: Site now gone.

Photo: Copyright Moonsparkle 2017.

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