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Greet the first day of spring, March 20, 2010, by creating one or more Ostara wreaths and hanging them on doors, windows and walls. These are excellent presents for people to celebrate the joyous season when days grow longer, seeds are planted for future abundance and perennial plants begin to grow to fruition.
Items Needed for Foundation
- grapevine or willow branch wreath (an be bought at craft stores) Children can make a foundation by cutting one out of cardboard, oak tag or poster board and pasting pictures of spring flowers on the wreath. (Light green, representing abundance and fertility, is the traditional color of Ostara. The colors of spring are pink and pastel shades of blue, lavender and yellow.)
Items Needed to Decorate
- Silk spring flowers are a must (Children can cut out pictures of flowers to paste on their wreaths.)
- crystals of spring
- lapis lazuli
- rose quartz
- wire cutter
- 24 gauge silver or gold colored wire
- floral putty
- tacky glue.
Set the Ambiance
Although the calendar dictates Ostara will soon be here, some in the northern regions may still experience wintry weather and, possibly, a blizzard. People are warm inside, safe from the elements. Light a fire in the hearth or turn the electric stove on and think about the warm days to come. Potted crocuses, hyacinths and tulips decorate the room in preparation for the Solar Festival of Ostara, filling the room with their fragrances. Savor chocolate dipped strawberries, and eggnog. Eggs are symbolic of Ostara. Plan the Ostara celebration, including foods for the feast. Discuss what flora to plant when the time is right.
Creating the Wreath
The wreath and decorations have been chosen and it’s time to let imagination and creativity reign. Concentrate on the growing season of spring and abundance to come. Flowers can be attached to the wreath by wiring, gluing or pasting them on it, using tacky glue or floral putty. Larger crystals are wrapped in wire, then attached with a ribbon or wire. Tiny crystals can be put into bags of netting. These, and herbs in sachets bags, can be added to the wreath using ribbon, wire, glue or floral putty. Bows and/or ribbons can be interspersed with the other chosen decorations.
Reflect on the Wreath
Decide where to hang the wreaths before the Sabbat welcoming spring. Give others their gifts specially made for them and see the pleasure reflected in their expressions. Reflect on Ostaras past and the joy they brought. Think about the flowering trees and plants that will soon bear fruit and vegetables. Start to get ready for the Fire Festival’s celebration and the feast.
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