Happy Ostara! March saw the perfect balance of day and night as we reached 0º of Aries and the beginning of the Pagan new year. The promise of Imbolc is fulfilled, the sap is rising as the natural world is coming alive again. Night and day are in equal length at the Spring Equinox and slowly we will notice that the days are getting longer.
Ostara takes its name from a Germanic fertility goddess. You can also clearly see the name has influenced the word ‘Easter’ in Christianity with much of the same themes carrying through. Of course the Greco-Roman traditions also have Aries as the first sign of the zodiac. The spring lamb no less. So we celebrate fertility, the return of our mojo and wanting to roll in the hay once more 😉 The cardinal, urgent Aries traits start to make themselves felt more and more as Aries season picks up momentum. We should all be feeling a little more frisky by now. So let’s shake off those winter cobwebs!
The Goddess Ostara is associated with the hare which is also a lunar symbol. The hare is a major symbol of fecundity as it can even conceive while pregnant. They don’t say “F*** like rabbits for nothing…” This hare eventually became the Easter Bunny who brought yummy chocolate eggs to the children on Easter Sunday.
The April Monthly Horoscopes
The Christian tradition has resurrection happening on Easter Sunday. The day that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven after his crucifixion. Easter is always celebrated on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the Equinox! So the lunar theme continues. It is thought that Jesus was crucified on a Friday during the week-long Jewish festival of Passover. (Another holiday tied to the lunar calendar and the Equinox.) Mary Magdalene was thought to have discovered Jesus’s empty tomb early on a Sunday morning hence Easter Sunday.
So lambs of gods, fluffy looney bunnies and egg symbols make sense and are potent symbols for Spring. Ways to celebrate Ostara: Plant seeds in your vegetable or flower garden, spring clean the house, paint eggs, make egg-based dishes and yes go on.. eat copious amounts of chocolate! (As long as it’s egg and bunny-shaped you’ll still be in keeping with tradition, kinda.) Ostara crystals are Aquamarine, Amethyst and Rose Quartz and will not affect your waistline.
Spring Equinox Horoscope
The spring equinox horoscope is known as the Aries ingress chart. Mundane astrologers will predict how the next 6 months will pan out based on this one chart. It will however have different ascendants depending on location, so I have drawn out an Aries rising chart here. It’s a pretty hopeful and optimistic horoscope with the squares being offset by harmonious soft aspects. I like the minor grand trine with Mars on brave dragon slayer Aldebaran. Mars is also trine Saturn which is a good balancing air trine. They both sextile fertile grain goddess Ceres also in passionate Aries. It looks like humans will want to get out into nature and do what humans like to do… lockdowns or not. ? God knows we need some frolicking!
3 Mercury into Aries
3 Venus conjunct Ceres
6 Venus sextile Mars
4 Last Quarter Moon ~ 14º Capricorn
7 Sun conjunct Ceres
9 Mars square Neptune
10 Venus sextile Jupiter
10 Sun Into Aries Decan 3
11 Venus square Pluto
11 New Moon ~ 22º Aries
13 Sun conjunct Eris
13 Sun sextile Mars