March 21 — Ostara — Spring or The Vernal Equinox
Also known as: Lady Day or Alban Eiler (Druidic)
As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.
The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.
The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.
The egg is often a symbol for the soul in art. The egg is important as a symbol of Ostara and Easter. A common hor d’eurve that is thought to have it’s origin from this holiday is deviled eggs. This recipe blends the yokes of eggs with mayonnaise and traditional Ostara spices and then places the blend back in the holes in the eggs, is often served for Ostara celebrations.
I invite you to enjoy eggs today in celebration of rebirth of sun/son/soul and growing light in the world.
Peace and Light to you for Ostara