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? 🙂