Ostara and the Mysterious Glastonbury Egg Stones

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Blessings of the Spring Equinox!

The Spring Equinox, or Ostara, is that wonderful time of year when the energies of nature subtly shift

from the sluggishness of winter to the exuberant expansion of spring. It is time to shed our winter skins,

come out of hiding and put our plans into action. This is the time of beginnings, of planting seeds and

dreaming of the future…

 

 

Indeed, the Christians liked the celebration of Ostara so much that they lifted the whole idea to incorporate it into their own seasonal celebrations…Changing the name from Ostara to Easter and swapping the sacred hare for a rabbit, they did get one thing right – this is the time of year for resurrectionregrowth rebirth.

 

The Mysterious Egg Stones of Glastonbury

Not much is known about the two large stone eggs in Glastonbury. No-one knows how old they are or how they came to be where they are.

The first egg stone is hidden at the back of the Abbot’s Kitchen in Glastonbury Abbey, almost forgotten. One theory says that it is pre-Christian and is a sacred oracle stone. Because it is egg-shaped it represents the goddess of life and birth. It has a depression in the top and the indentation is still stained red; probably from iron. It is believed that menstruating women would sit here to communicate with the Goddess and that blood collected would be used in healing, or as an offering to the earth. It is still a very powerful place to sit and is well worth a visit.

The second Egg Stone is halfway up the Tor on the right-hand side. In the Avalonian myths and legends it is believed to guard the entrance to the Otherworld of the faery kingdom. Again, it is a very powerful place and many believe that it will help grant your wishes. Friends of mine have been granted places to live and new relationships after visiting this Egg Stone on the Tor. It also boasts a wonderful view over the levels!

                   The Egg Stone in Glastonbury Abbey                                                                                         Mysterious Egg Stone on Glastonbury Tor
Egg Stone at Glastonbury Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Egg Magic at Ostara

Eggs are strong, yet breakable and contain the gift of new life. They need to be nurtured, cared for and kept warm for the birth to follow. And so it is with our dreams: we need to cherish them and give them time, energy and attention. What a marvellous image and idea to work with magically!

Hard boil some eggs and let them cool. Paint, draw and decorate with patterns, symbols to represent the deepest hopes and dreams that you wish to birth during the coming year. Eat the egg within three days or bury in the ground.

With blessings from Avalon for a wonderful Spring.  May the Goddess Ostara help your hopes and dreams to flourish!
Suzi xx

The Magical March Hare

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Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk
Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind permission from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk

In every part of the world, there are long-spoken tales of hares; from Europe to Africa and to the Americas, and even in the far East. In Britain, witches were believed to transform into hares.

Hare mythology is evident in ancient pottery, coins, seals, hieroglyphics and in oral history. In Africa, the hare was considered to be part of the Moon. Seen on a clear night, the full moon might, with a bit of imagination, contain the outline of a hare. 

“The moon is a powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth.”

The hare has also been associated with the sun, fertility, the dawn, cunning and bravery. What was it about the hare which led to this mythology?

Hares are notable creatures who have always lived in close proximity to people. Most well-known of their traits are their courtship dances, and their habit of moongazing. The boxing hares that were always thought of as male have recently been discovered as being sexually active females.

“Boxing hares have recently been discovered to be sexually active females – not males.”

Fables have been told across the continent of the cleverness, deceit and triumph of the hare, some of these being turned into the Bre’r Rabbit tales related by Uncle Remus.

In times past, the moon was perhaps the most powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth and the hare was then endowed with similar earth-bound powers. The hare took on a magical persona and become associated with the Goddess. The Norse goddess Freyja had hare attendants, and in Britain the hare was sacred to the moon goddess Andraste and the Celtic goddess of witchcraft and wisdom, Cerridwen.

The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the moon and the dawn. Eostre changed into a hare at the full Moon.

 

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Wheel of the Year: Ostara Blessings

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Easter bunnies

Ostara Blessings!

Spring Equinox is on 21st March, midway between the Winter and Summer Solstice. It is firstly a time of perfect balance, and secondly a time of creativity, new ideas and new projects. Thirdly, it is a time to honour the Goddess Ostara – Goddess of the East – the place of rising sun.

Balance your life

At this time, consider what needs balancing in your life. Is there too much work and not enough fun, for instance? How can you address this lack of balance in your life?

Manifest your dreams

Think about what new projects and ideas you would like to manifest in the coming year. Just like an egg, our plans need nurturing, keeping warm, even loving, for them to grow and be born in the world… to become real. Having an idea or a plan is not enough, it needs to be grounded.

Our thoughts (Air) need the warmth of our will and passion (Fire) to be made manifest in reality (Earth).

How are theses elements balanced in your life?

The beautiful spring Goddess Ostara is also known as Eostre, the Goddess of the dawn, of new beginnings, who rises in the East each day. Oestrogen, the female hormone, derives its name from her.

Christians named this time of the year Easter, a corruption of her name. Eggs, symbolising new beginnings and potential, and hares, represent the Goddess.

At this time of the year, use the energy of Ostara to nurture your plans and ideas so you can take them forward during the coming year. The wheel of the year is always turning, and pagans are always learning and growing and working consciously with the beneficial energies of the seasons. At Ostara, we pause momentarily before the days get longer and we stop and consider what needs to come back into balance and what we need to nurture.

Honour Ostara

Ostara’s colours are spring green, daffodil yellow, pale sky blue and orange – to symbolise the returning warmth of the sun. Her crystals are Citrine and Carnelian, for warmth, energy and prosperity. Decorate your altar with primroses, eggs, hares and pussy willows.

May Ostara bless you with her warmth, energy and balance in the weeks ahead.

Until the wheel turns once more, blessed be.
Suzi x
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