Ostara is coming....

Cassaundra - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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So, since we are so many of us solitary, or isolated from our Community, and....low on time...Ideas for making Ostara easy? How does everyone handle the Ostara/ Easter situation? Both? One or the Other? I love everything about the season myself. I hope I have time to make new dresses for my girls, I love that tradition.

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Cyndi - posted on 03/17/2009

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Circle Round is GREAT!! I love both the book and th CD! I have an old copy that I've used for almost 10 years now!  For Ostara, we make egg heads.  We make hollow eggs and crack them in 1/2.  Fill one half with potting soil and plant grass seed in them.  I let the kids decorate them with funny faces and stickers and we place them on our window sill.  When the grass starts to grow it looks like hair.  We take them out and burry them in our garden when the weather gets warmer.  We talk about the earth and recycling and our up comming plans for the garden that year.  It's simple, easy and nice.  Good Luck to you all!

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Wow! There are a lot of neat ideas here!

At our house we do a traditional Easter hunt...my husband's world would surely come to an end if we didn't ^.^ Then I take the kids out to the garden with an egg each and we ask Oestra to help our garden grow, talk about what we want in our garden, how to take care of it and whatever other subjects pop up, plant our eggs in different spots and start turning the soil for planting.

We just keep it very simple.

Brianne - posted on 03/12/2009

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Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas :) I know my daughter will love to play with soil and play with leaves :)

Lin - posted on 03/12/2009

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For any Sabbat, I recommend taking a peak at Circle Round (I forget the authors' names, I have to keep an eye out for a little son of mine) - it has bunches of kid-friendly  ideas, stories, songs, recipes, etc. for each Sabbat.

Stella - posted on 03/10/2009

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LOL, I'm always doing things like that- comes from usually typing one-handed (cos of baby on arm) and our shift key sticks :-)
Blessings for (what sounds like it should be) a great double celebration xxx

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My usual wasy is a good old fashioned egg dinner like asparaus and cheese fritata or some thing fun for the children. I'm going to decorate boiled eggs and make some chocolate ones too. a beautiful bunsch of flowers and a bowl of fruit salad mad ewith in season ingredients. I'm in Australia and have chosen to turn the Wheel in harmony with the seasons down under. I won't be celebrating Ostara until September. I am preparing for a very speciall Mabon right now as it falls only a few days from my 40th birthday. The moon will be waning and I plan to to five thanks and clear somes Karmic ties be fore I start a new decade afresh.

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We also are celebrating both with my unnatural children being raised Baptist by their Bio-mom. I don't want to step on her toes and her teachings. But my own children know how it works and respect (and like) the "Easter Bunny" after all what kids does not like getting chocolate. But same here we are planning a day of planting and yard clean up. We are also talking about the fertility representation of the eggs and birth of Spring and new life.

Stella - posted on 03/06/2009

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Quoting Brianne:

I was wondering what you physically do for Ostara? What type of ritual do you do?? I am wanting to celebrate this year to teach my 19 month old but I am very, very, very new to the Pagan belief and am now sure were to start.


For me personally, sabbat celebrations with family are not ritualised into a couple of hours casting circles, lighting candles and other traditions easily followed within the setting of a coven, but more take the form of dedicating the day to (fun!) activities and thoughts which represent the meaning of that particular celebration. Just do what feels right, you can't really do wrong.



Blessings



Stella

Stella - posted on 03/06/2009

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I love this idea Giselle! We have a city farm about 20 minutes away from us, so we may take a trip there to see the new lambs. I too, am all for fertile easter bunnies, new beginnings eggs (though the boring health conscious mum in me prefers to opt for painted boiled eggs instead of chocolate ones) and planting seeds.
Can I ask Tamara, where do you manage to do a small ritual by yourself? It's something that has troubled me in my own home that nowhere inside feels uncluttered or private enough to do any kind of ritual (certainly not one which would require a circle casting) and I usually end up going to our local woods, but at this time of year it is a)cold, but b)dark which raises safetey issues.

Giselle - posted on 03/05/2009

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My son has just turned 8. I often find that the simplest rituals work best with children. For Ostara we usually plant seeds, which is fun with little ones. As we live in the UK and so aren't buried in snow, we also do a spring clean up and go and pick up litter in our area. We just take the time to talk about the earth and our role in looking after it. Around this time we also have a kind of informal spring watch that we do: we make lists of the birds we see in the garden and the flowers that are opening, the first lambs being born in the fields. Plus I'm all for hunting for Ostara eggs!

Brianne - posted on 02/28/2009

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I was wondering what you physically do for Ostara? What type of ritual do you do?? I am wanting to celebrate this year to teach my 19 month old but I am very, very, very new to the Pagan belief and am now sure were to start.

Deborah - posted on 02/28/2009

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we also do both, my kids have been raised being told that the "easter bunny" represents fertility, and the "easter eggs" represent the never ending circle of life,

the rest of my family are all christian, im a loner here too!

Tamara - posted on 02/28/2009

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We do both in our family since my ILs are all Christian of one denomination or another. I happen to be the lone Wiccan in the family. :) So, usually, I do a small ritual on my own that's out of sight of MIL and do the big Easter celebration with the family.

Julie - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Tracy:

I will be takeing my family to Avalon in Glastonbury England it is fun and magical. We will be going for Beltane too.


Ooooooo! I am SO jealous! That sounds wonderful!

Tracy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I will be takeing my family to Avalon in Glastonbury England it is fun and magical. We will be going for Beltane too.

Julie - posted on 02/24/2009

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This year is going to be interesting. We're living with family and there is a member here who is VERY fundamentalist Christian. We'll be celebrating at our Wiccan friend's houses for Ostara.



Can't WAIT to get our own place!!!

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