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A Guide to Dressing a Modern Pagan Altar for Ostara

A rustic wooden shelf next to a window. A simple ostara altar is laid out on the shelf with a vase of white flowers, a vase of cherry blossom flowers, a pale pink cloth on the surface and some lit candles.

As Ostara approaches, it's time to infuse your pagan altar with symbols of renewal, growth, and the awakening of nature. Here's a step-by-step guide to dressing your altar for this sacred festival:

1. Select Your Altar Space: Choose a clean and sacred space for your altar, preferably facing east to greet the rising sun. This space should be free from distractions and conducive to meditation and ritual.

2. Cover Your Altar: Adorn your altar with a fresh cloth in vibrant spring colors such as green, yellow, or pastel shades. This symbolises the return of life and the awakening of the earth from its winter slumber.

3. Decorate with Symbols of Spring: Incorporate symbols of springtime renewal, such as:

  • Eggs: Symbolizing fertility and new beginnings, decorate your altar with brightly colored eggs or egg-shaped stones.

  • Flowers: Place fresh flowers or floral garlands on your altar to honor the blossoming of life. Daffodils, tulips, and crocuses are traditional choices.

  • Seeds: Representing growth and potential, display packets of seeds or sprouting plants to invoke blessings for abundance.

  • Rabbits and Hares: These creatures are associated with fertility and the return of spring. Include figurines or images of rabbits to symbolise the cycle of life.

4. Invoke the Divine: Honour the gods and goddesses associated with Ostara by placing statues, images, or symbols of deities such as Eostre, Freyja, or Brigid on your altar. Offerings of spring water, honey, or freshly picked flowers can be made to invoke their presence and blessings.

5. Light Candles: Illuminate your altar with candles in colors that reflect the energy of Ostara, such as green, yellow, or light blue. Light them to symbolise the returning warmth and light of the sun.

6. Offerings and Ritual Tools: Include offerings of seasonal fruits, nuts, or baked goods on your altar as gifts to the earth and the deities. Arrange your ritual tools such as athames, chalices, and wands in a way that feels harmonious and balanced.

7. Set Intentions: Take a moment to meditate and set intentions for the coming season. Reflect on what you wish to cultivate and manifest in your life as the earth awakens and begins anew.

8. Cleanse and Bless: Before and after your ritual, cleanse your altar space with sage, incense, or blessed water to purify and sanctify the area. Offer prayers or blessings to consecrate your altar and invite positive energies to flow.

9. Engage in Ritual: Perform rituals or ceremonies to honour Ostara, such as meditations, prayers, or spellwork focused on growth, renewal, and fertility. Connect with the natural world around you and feel the energy of spring infuse your sacred space.

10. Express Gratitude: Before closing your ritual, express gratitude to the earth, the deities, and any spirits or guides that have joined you. Offer thanks for the blessings of the season and for the opportunity to celebrate Ostara in harmony with nature.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and meaningful altar dedicated to the celebration of Ostara, embracing the spirit of renewal and growth that defines this magical time of year.

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