Ostara Altar

Ostara is one of my favorite Sabbats!  Spring is here, the air is fresh, the grass is green, and I love doing the altar to welcome the new season.

You might notice some items from last year, but I try to change up the way I use them and I always add a few new touches.  I started with this pastel altar cloth.  The bright, fresh color automatically calls to mind the vibrancy of spring.

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This year, I am all about mushrooms.  I went mushroom hunting over last summer, which really sparked in interest in the local varieties, so I wanted to represent that new part of my practice on the spring altar.

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Naturally, no Ostara altar is complete without the prominent feature of plenty of eggs and nests!

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And of course, at least one bunny, which, like eggs, symbolizes the fertility of the earth during spring.

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The carrots are arranged around the feet of the spring goddess as a symbolic offering.

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I also always have lady bug on the spring and summer altars, which are among my favorite warm-weather creatures.  In the fall, we had one that found its way into our house and stayed for several months.  She’d pop up randomly when I was cleaning or whatever.  I just left her alone.  This is my nod to that little visitor.  We miss you!

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For more ideas to celebrate Ostara, check out my tag section dedicated to this festive holiday.

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