r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/MableXeno • 11d ago
Holidays 🌸🐇💐Spring Equinox - 20 March 2023💐🐇🌸
Welcome to the latest sabbat informational post! Throughout the year, we will be posting up these threads to share general information about the next upcoming sabbat so WvP's witches, new and old, can prepare for the holiday. These posts will contain basic information about the holiday and open up the floor for further questions or discussion.
For our Southern Hemisphere witches, the upcoming equinox in March is actually the autumnal equinox. You can check out our thread about the Autumn Equinox here!
🌸🐇💐 The Spring Equinox 💐🐇🌸
What's the Spring Equinox? What's Ostara? When are they and how are they different?
The Spring Equinox (or Vernal Equinox) is an astronomical event that happens once a year and marks the event when the day's period of sunlight has lengthened enough to be exactly 12 hours long. It occurs between 19~22 March each year in the northern hemisphere. In many Western cultures, this starts the beginning of Spring. This year, the spring equinox falls on Monday, 20 March.
For some, the term Ostara is commonly used. Ostara (pronounced oh-STAR-ah) is one of the eight sabbats of the modern pagan Wheel of the Year. It is one of the "lesser sabbats", meaning that it is based around either an equinox or a solstice. The others are Litha (Summer Solstice), Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), and Yule (Winter Solstice). There's a section below that goes into the history and connections of Ostara in more detail if you're interested.
In Pagan and/or Witch circles, Ostara and the spring equinox have a lot of overlap due to their similarities, though not everyone celebrates both on the same day. Other options include celebrating Ostara on a fixed day (often 21 or 25 March), the nearest Full Moon, on the arrival of a local sign of spring (such as the blossoming of certain flowers), or even throughout the whole spring season. Additionally, other cultures and spiritual traditions have their own ways of celebrating the spring equinox. No matter what type of witch you are, you have a lot of options to choose from!
Ostara: History, Connections, and Modern Practice
Ostara in its current form is a modern holiday based on assorted elements of older pagan beliefs and rituals. The name comes from the Germanic goddess Ēostre/Ostara. We don't have a lot of firm facts about Ēostre, but Christians have adopted many of her symbols into modern Easter celebrations, such as eggs and hares. Ever wonder what the Easter Bunny had to do with the resurrection of Jesus? 🐇
As a part of the Wheel of the Year, Ostara follows Imbolc, when the seeds that were planted at the first turning of the season now begin to flower. Ostara is above all else a celebration of life, rebirth, fertility, and renewal.
If you look at the sabbats as a reflection of the self, Ostara is the time to plant seeds for self-actualization and to focus on positive change and growth. What do you need and want to come into fruition this year? Now is the time to take your first firm steps on this journey.
Symbols: Eggs, Hares, Seeds, Feathers, Serpents/Dragons
Colours: Green, Yellow, Purple
Plants/Herbs: All Spring Flowers, Birch Trees/Wood
Foods: All sorts of egg dishes, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, cakes/biscuits, seed dishes, baking/cooking with flowers
Simple rituals and ways to celebrate include:
- Open the curtains to let in some sun and get out the winter dust with a bit of spring cleaning.
- Paint some eggs, an activity great for witches young and old!
- For (aspiring) Green Witches, plant some new seeds/plants, especially herbs, flowers, and vegetables. When possible, stick to local plants! Here is a great guide for new gardeners and/or planting in small spaces, like an apartment.
- Walk in nature to appreciate the new growth and the changing of the seasons. It's a great time to visit your local national or state parks.
- Setup, clean, and/or refresh your altar for the spring season. Tumblr has lots of ideas if you're lacking inspiration!
- Perform an Ostara seasonal rite/ritual. Here is an example of a solitary Ostara ritual, for practicing witches without a coven.
- For (aspiring) Kitchen Witches, bake some Hot Cross Buns.
- Perform spells/rituals with fresh eggs and/or newly-grown flowers.
- Help birds create their nests! Birdhouses/boxes, nesting material, and feed are all good this time of year.
- Celebrate by eating and cooking with seasonal produce.
Tips for New and/or Broom Closet Witches
Take full advantage of the similarities with Easter, especially if you need to stay hidden in your practice. Bunnies, chicks, eggs, and flowers are going to be anywhere and everywhere throughout spring and can easily be incorporated into various decorations and rituals.
A great, simple way to celebrate is to plant something! Small potted herbs are cheap and work very well for this.
Much of the importance of the Wheel of the Year is to really incorporate yourself with nature and the earth's yearly cycles. Take this opportunity to think about the equinox and the spring season and what they mean to you. Walk through nature to appreciate the rebirth of spring. See what animals are active where you live. Are any birds returning from winter migration? Which plants are already blooming?
Adjust yourself to the changes of the year as well. It may be time to look into packing away the winter coat! Especially with climate change, it's good to plan ahead for temperatures rising over the next few months, perhaps faster and stronger than expected.
Special thanks to Einmariya for research, content, & dedication to holidays. 💗🐇
Feel free to ask any questions you might have below or otherwise use this post for discussion about the Spring Equinox!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/sailorjupiter28titan • 2d ago
Selfie Sorcery Selfie Sorcery Thread! - post ur Sunday best below :)
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/1984AD • 6h ago
Burn the Patriarchy A poster I noticed in a Government building.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/NotchsCheese • 6h ago
Burn the Patriarchy Wholesome reddit icons (Lavar Burton, Mr Rogers, Bob Ross, etc) always seem to be men. What are some women who fit this bill?
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/itsdestinfool • 14h ago
Marketplace Good morning beauties! I FINALLY got my “Crojo” back after a long dry spell and it feels GOOOOOD! I wanted to show this off despite how hard it was to get good photos lol.gallery
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/13curseyoukhan • 3h ago
Meme Craft Sandwich witch
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/shenanigans2day • 9h ago
Meme Craft Mood
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/faizacloverkite • 7h ago
Book Club Found a little treasure from my childhood! The book translates as "There's room for dog and cat too" and it's basically about a witch who gathers a few animals on a broom flight and defeats a dragon together with them.gallery
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/ttminecraft • 6h ago
Coven Counsel For all the witches going through their own dark forests
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Buffyferry • 12h ago
Marketplace This is my latest armlet, made with a labradorite gemstone and about ten meters (30ft) of wire.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/fel0ra • 10h ago
Selfie Sorcery priestess
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Papegaaiduiker • 16h ago
Green Craft My garden in it's many phasesgallery
I built a garden with a spiral a few years ago. It's been a lot of work, but it still makes me very happy!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Meg_Bookslinger • 1d ago
Modern Witches An Ostara tour of my witchy cottage (complete with familiars). 🌛✨gallery
A tour of my magical & eclectic little 1938 cottage. A labor of so much love, laughter & spellwork to bring her to life in the 2 years since she's been mine.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/mayumayuart • 4h ago
Marketplace I hope these witchy kitties bring you happiness!gallery
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/sailorjupiter28titan • 6h ago
Mindful Craft Shield with a hug, then grab a sword. 🛡️ ⚔️
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Conspicuous_Plant • 8h ago
Fledgling Witch Lend me some of your courage, ladies!
I'm wearing my trans ally pin to work for the first time, and I will not lie, I am pretty nervous 'cause I live in a conservative state. I was shaking in the car haha! But no matter what, I won't chicken out and take it off. Wish me luck everybody! Let's burn this patriarchy down 💜
Edit: Thank you all who sent the good wishes and reassuring messages! The day went just fine and I am hoping there will be many more like it! I will keep wearing my pin out. Love you witches! Stay strong!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/scienceforbid • 7h ago
Modern Witches The care package I put together for my best friend's hysterectomy using your excellent suggestions. Thanks witches!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/FillsYourNiche • 1d ago
Meme Craft Hell yeah, Baba Yaga!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/SynnReborn • 5h ago
Selfie Sorcery New Claws, Same Witch ;)
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/RedhandjillNA • 4h ago
Familiars My guardian cat guarding me after surgerygallery
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/seriphae • 19h ago
Spells My husband and I go to our local park every year (this is our 8th year!) on Ostara to clean up the area, plant flowers, and celebrate the new season. It’s his tradition to draw a chalk picture to manifest our wishes for spring - this year we hope for more sunshine! I hope our spell reaches you, too!
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/YOUPOPU • 1d ago
Marketplace I designed a fox earring, the whole thing is made of clear water concrete which I made myself.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/soapygorou • 1d ago
Selfie Sorcery my dysphoria cost me a wonderful relationship. it was like watching the most rare and beautiful flower wilt because you can’t get up to water it. here’s a filter-less makeup-less selfie bc i’m going to get better.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/PchemAteMyTrixCereal • 1h ago
Coven Counsel Any witches know how to gently encourage the bunny living in my yard to move?
We have had a very cute bunny returning every year to have her babies under the rosemary in the corner of my yard. I think she knows it’s a safe place because neither my dog nor my cat ever bother her.
Unfortunately we need to move this summer and the people buying our house have two hunting dogs. They have assured us that these dogs will “take care of them quickly”. I can’t bear the thought of leaving her to the wolves (literally). Does anyone know how I can potentially encourage her to find a new home? I’m not sure where to even start because she always finds a way through our fence. Thank you for any insight you nature loving witches may have!
Edit: I realize it may not be the same bunny. I’m not sure what their lifespan is. But I like to think it is at least one of her children.
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/They_were_roomates_ • 1d ago
Selfie Sorcery Need some help sisters! Is this ok for a prom dress? Not to informal, not to short? I can’t afford to get a nice one this year, I don’t know who else to go to, I posted this on another account, on a fashion sub, and got bashed, they told me I look like a linebacker with my shoulders
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Cakorator • 6h ago
Marketplace Harnessing the magick of the sun & the moon, the feminine and masculine with this combination. Been through a bit of a dry spell but trying to get back into the creative flow.gallery
r/WitchesVsPatriarchy • u/Outrageous_Rooster92 • 23h ago
Blessings I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH
I LOVE YOU ALL AND I AM SCARED TO BE HERE BECAUSE IM TRANS AND DONT FEEL VALID AND MY PARENTS TELL ME IM NOT AND IM BORDERLINE PANIC ATTACK BUT I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH ALSO IM LIKE DEATHLY AFRAID OF MUSHROOMS IDK WHY I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD MENTION IT THO
Edit: thank you all so much I'm doing better now, I had to go to sleep so I did and I love you guys so much you all seriously help a lot 💜