This is the evening of Ostara, the Spring Equinox…of equal day and night.
The Great Turning of the year as Spring moves with joy towards the Summer and Bealtaine, the first of May.
A magical time.
The word Ostara is just one of the names given to the celebration of the Spring Equinox, also known as the Vernal Equinox, on March 20 this year.
The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north.
This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year.
The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word Ostara is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring.
Solstices and equinoxes mark key stages in the astronomical cycle of Mother Earth.
Each year there are two equinoxes (spring and autumn) and two solstices (summer and winter).
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