Happy Ostara, Everyone.

Happy Ostara (or Eostre), dear readers. I know it is a strange time in which we live (as one of my history professor said recently: keep a diary!) and that most of you won’t be gathering this year in person for religious celebrations. That doesn’t mean that you are barred, however, from celebrating and experiencing the equinox and it doesn’t mean that you are barred from honoring our Gods. In fact, quite the opposite. This is a time to reach out to Them, a time to praise Them, a time to honor the land and the Gods that make it fertile. We just have to get a little creative in conjuring a sense of community as we do so while hunkering down and sheltering in place! Here are some ideas:

  • write and share prayers to the Deities associated with this holy tide (Ostara or Eostre, Mani, Sunna, Hrethe, et Al). If you work with a group, a kindred, a circle or what have you, you can do this communally. One person starts the prayer and sends it to the next and so on, and so forth until it is complete. it becomes a group offering, a shared expression of devotion.
  • share pictures of your shrines and offerings — I have had people email me more times than I can count telling me how inspiring they find the pictures of my personal shrines. I don’t share them often, but maybe I should. Let us see what you’re doing. 🙂 We are a very visual culture, after all.
  • Make art celebrating the Gods and this holy tide. Share that online too.
  • Reach out by phone (i hate the phone. Do not reach out to me by phone. I’m doing just fine lol) to one of your friends. Make offerings together, each in your own space connected by the wonders of modern technology.
  • Send a friend a surprise Ostara gift box.

It’s early for me. I’ve just exhausted all my creativity pre-coffee in coming up with those five suggestions so why don’t y’all help me out? What ideas do you, my readers, have for celebrating and maintaining community in this time of crisis? Please feel free to share in the comments.

I’ve read recently of several Pagans (or maybe I should say Playgans) who fled to Christianity when Covid 19 hit and i cried. It disgusts me how little some people care about their traditions and their Gods (and I wonder what those apostates will do when they discover bacteria exists. Where will they run then? *sarcasm*). Don’t be like that. This is a time to re-commit and re-invest in our devotions, our Gods, our traditions, and all the spiritual commitments that form the warp and weft of our lives. We can choose how we let this affect us. We can choose devotion and, I firmly believe, we will be the better for it.

So, Ostara: what are you all doing? 🙂

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About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on March 19, 2020, in Heathenry, Holy Tides, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m always disgusted by “Pagans” who run back to Monotheism for whatever reason. It’s the spiritual equivalent of going back to an abusive partner.

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  2. There was a time, when there was trouble, that recently made Christians would run back to their old gods. It has a lot do with mindset and ingrained habits. If one is inwardly thinking like an Abrahamist, no amount of pagan decoration will change anything.

    I take care of someone who is already in poor health. My workplace is shutting down. I have been under a lot of stress. People are in a panic. This coming time is going to be harder than usual. But I tell people to keep in mind that people have endured far worse. Our ancestors overcame much worse than this. The Chinese today are managing. I have occupied some time making bind runes naming Eir. I am still going to do my usual equinox observances. I felt great relief at the thunderstorms that have come through all day. I actually went outside my house and shouted for Thor to send illness running in terror like he did his enemies of old.

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  3. Ostara came in with snow, as is usual on the Eastern Slope of the Rockies. But the first Mourning Cloak butterflies have appeared, as have some kind of fritillary. (I don’t really know all the butterflies.) Since I work at home anyway, the daily routine is about the same, but I would by lying if I said that the affect was unchanged.

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