Ostara is the first day of spring for the Northern Hempishere. It marks the spring equinox, when the sun passes over the celestial equator and begins to tilt north. Day and night are almost equal lengths and it is celebrated on March 20 or March 21.This year it will be celebrated March 19, 2020. Easter is on April 12. Some years, like last year, they were on the same day.
Birds begin migrating northward, trees and plants begin blooming with the lengthening of the sunlight. Spring begins its iridescent green arrival. Little tiny bits of noticeable color start radiating into form.
Ostara, or Eostre is the goddess of spring, dawn and new beginnings. At this time the maiden of the triple goddess is married to the Sun God and in 9 months time she will be the Great Mother. Eggs, rabbits and the full moon are sacred to her.
The tradition of the Easter Bunny relates back to a legend about Ostara. Eostre is said to have found an injured bird who was dying. She cradled him and looked after him and made him her pet. He could no longer fly as his wings were damaged so she turned him into a rabbit or hare. She gave him the ability to run very fast and to lay eggs in every colour of the rainbow, but only one day a year. After angering the goddess she flung him into the sky where he became the consolation Lepus (the hare). Every year at Ostara he will return to earth to give away his eggs to children. It is a time of polarity and a time to think about balance. God and goddess, sun and moon, masculine and feminine. Things you can do to honor the coming of spring: do an earth meditation, take a spring walk, spend time with lambs, rabbits and calves (newborns), have a feast with milk and honey, make a basket of colored eggs (boiled or blown), set statues/images of Jesus, Herne, Flora, Gaia or Attis about, place spring flowers and colorful gemstones around of rose quartz, moonstone and jasper.
RECIPE: LAVENDER LEMON EOSTRE CAKE
PREP TIME 15 mins TOTAL TIME 1 hr COURSE Desserts SERVINGS 1 Loaf
INGREDIENTS: Cake Ingredients (Energies & Chakras)
1/2 c. Butter room temperature (to make the vibes go smoothly; vishuddha)
1/2 c. Sugar (to sweeten up the positive energy; manipura)
2 Eggs (to add creative energy; svadhisthana)
1 1/2 c. Self-rising Flour (to bring in prosperity; muladhara)
1/8 tsp. Salt (to add protection; muladhara)
1/4 c. Milk (to add the energy of feminine divine source; sahasrara)
1 Lemon zested (to call in friendship; svadhisthana)
1 tsp. Lavender (to call in peace; anja)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract (to call in love; anahata)
1.5 Lemons juiced (to call in birth, relationships, tribes; svadhisthana)
7/8 c. Powdered Sugar (to call in a little energy and sweetness; manipura)
1/2 Lemon juiced (to call in birth, relationships, tribes; svadhisthana)
1/2 c. Powdered Sugar (to call in a little energy and sweetness; manipura)
Bake the Cake
* Preheat your oven to 355 F.
* Butter and line the loaf tin.
* Cream together butter and sugar and add eggs and lemon zest.
*Fold in the flour, salt and lavender and mix thoroughly.
*Finally add the milk.
*Spoon the batter into your prepared tin and bake for 45 mins or until cake tester comes out clean.
*Drizzle time! Put the lemon juice & icing sugar into a small bowl and stir well.
*Once the cake is out of oven, keep it in the loaf tin and puncture all over with a skewer and pour over the drizzle.
*Leave cake in the loaf tin until it's completely cooled.
*Icing o'clock. In another small bowl add the lemon juice and icing sugar and stir until silky smooth.
*Spread the icing over the cooled cake, decorate with grated lemon rind and lavender if you fancy it.
*Best served with a cup of tea, sat in the garden in the sunshine.
Make the Cake Liquor
*During the last 10 minutes of baking time, make a cake-moistening drizzle with the juice of 1.5 lemons and ⅞ cup of powdered sugar in a small bowl.
*When the cake is done, poke holes in the top of the loaf with a fork or skewer.
*Drizzle the liquor over the hot cake.
*Cool completely in the pan.
Glaze the Cake
*In a small bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar with the juice of half a lemon.
*Spread the icing over the cooled cake.
*Decorate with a pinch or two of lavender and a pinch of lemon zest!