Where Ostara embraces symbols of Nature’s return to life and the vitality of the flora and fauna world, Beltane brings that focus to the world of humans. Sex and sexuality are at the forefront of much of this Sabbats symbolism.
Sommarsblót (“Summer’s Blood,”) found at the very end of Ostara season, is a week-long festival happening sometime during Aries Season, ending on the day the Sun enters Taurus. Many sources mark this festival running from April 14-20th, but some sources say it is a moving feast and can happen any time during the first month after Spring Equinox.
Vikings and Norse folk, like many Celtic peoples, just cut the year into two halves. Sommarsblót also called Summer’s Finding, opens what we can call the “solar” half of the year (this is my name, and it’s probable that some other modern authors use this term as well. There is no historical precedent that ancient folk used this term.)
Norse folk, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons all observed this festival that kicked off the high part of the year and celebrated the healing of the land from the harshness of Winter. Scandinavians would send messengers to the highest mountain peaks to observe the position of the Sun, to try to predict the date. As soon as the Sun spilled into the valleys, the great feasts would begin.
Did you feel that? The shift in the temperature? The shift in the energy? Ostara is here! Notice the daffodils, the forsythia, the tulips popping up? Spring is coming, and for many people in the Northern Hemisphere, Ostara season marks the Earth’s return to life. This year, perhaps more so than in that last century, … Read more
March 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST Uncover the deep history of Ostara, a grand Quarter-Day resurrection festival honoring the returning life of the Awakening Earth and the Increasing Sun, witnessed in religions and cultures all over the Northern Hemisphere for thousands of years. For many Pagans, this marks the return of … Read more
Thoughts on Imbolc and the Perseverance of Hope The last six-ish weeks of Winter is known as Imbolc or Candlemas. There is a feeling, an impulse rustling at the edge of crocus buds jutting, verdant, out of the frosty ground. You catch it in the sudden song of returning robins, something offbeat, upbeat, swift. Like … Read more