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The Spring Equinox, Ostara, is the time when life renews itself.

Ostara is the celebration of the Spring (Vernal) Equinox when day and night balance.  Astronomically speaking the sun crosses the celestial equator at this time.

Held in late March, the actual date can vary from year-to-year, as with the Autumnal Equinox and the two Solstices.  The Vernal Equinox usually falls on March 20th or 21st.  Always check your almanac for your time zone.

Called Ostara after the Saxon Goddess Eostre, this is a time of renewal, regeneration and resurrection as the Earth  wakes from her long slumber.  This is the time of planting, children, and young animals.

It is the fertility of the Earth that we celebrate, and we symbolize this new life springing from sun and soil with eggs, chicks, lambs and rabbits (all symbols of the Great Mother).

Ostara promises freedom from the dreariness of winter, it heralds the return of hope and dreams.