Recipes to Celebrate Ostara

Recipes

Whether you’re celebrating Ostara, Spring Equinox, or even Passover or Easter, you can call in the energy of the season with a feast. I’ve got 50 simple, everyday recipes to celebrate Ostara that will invite fertility and abundance into your life. It’s gonna be awesome.

Recipes to celebrate Ostara with colored eggs in the background

I am truly a modern witch, practical in every way. Sure, I love a ritual with a bit of theatrics now and then, but most days, my magic is all about just getting through the day. When I want to celebrate a sabbat, I don’t want to go out and buy a bunch of weird ingredients or make some ancient recipe that possibly tastes like garbage. That does not raise my vibration.

You know what does raise my vibration? Making and eating simple recipes that I know taste great, and cooking them with a bit of extra intention for the special occasion. Let’s take a look at some common ingredients associated with Ostara, their symbolism, and then some really tasty recipes to celebrate Ostara that you can make with them.

What is Ostara?

In case you’ve never heard of Ostara, it’s a neo-pagan/Wiccan/witch holiday, known as a sabbat. It’s the spoke in the Wheel of the Year marked by the spring or vernal equinox. It’s the day when night and day are equal. Are you thinking that word sounds a lot like Easter? That’s not a coincidence.

The spring festival honoring the goddess Eostre predates the festival of Easter. This is a time of fertility and new life. Ever wonder where the Easter bunny and Easter eggs came from? These are Ostara traditions, both symbolizing fertility and abundance. Of course, our current version of Ostara is based on a mixture of myth and more modern traditions. To me, it’s an opportunity to pause and show gratitude for the change in seasons and the bursting abundance of nature.

The exact date of Ostara changes a bit form year to year. In 2021, the spring equinox happens at 9:37 am UK time on the 20th of March in the Northern Hemisphere. Some people believe there’s a window of a few days to celebrate. But the best thing about being a witch is that you can do whatever works for you.

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Eggs

The most obvious symbol of this season is eggs. Cultures around the world have traditions of decorating eggs, some extremely elaborately. Eggs symbolize both fertility and protection, so let’s eat as many of them as we can.

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Ham

Okay, so truly traditional animal proteins at this time of year would be rabbit because of their prolific fertility, or lamb because of the season. I can’t get rabbit at my local supermarket, and I’m not partial to lamb, so I usually go for ham. I don’t know that it has any magical properties, but given that it’s still the start of spring, our ancestors would be using up the last of the preserved meat at this time of year. Seems like a good enough reason to eat something salty and delicious.

Chickpea & Spinach Curry close up with soft boiled egg

Seasonal Vegetables

Since we’re celebrating the start of a new season, it makes sense to celebrate with what is abundant right now. This will vary from location to location. The best thing to do is go to the local farmer’s market and see what they’ve got. If you’re like me and there’s not a farmer’s market near you, you can always google it. If you’re in the UK, Eat the Seasons is a great place to start. As a certified picky eater, this means lots of spinach and green onions for me. If you’re looking for meatless recipes to celebrate Ostara, you’ll find a few here.

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Seasonal Fruits

Again, check for what’s available in your area. We’re pretty far north here in Scotland, so we’re looking at rhubarb, and imported fruits like citrus, pineapple, banana, and a personal favorite, passion fruit. I haven’t looked it up, but I don’t see how passion fruit, with it’s many creepy looking seeds, could not be a powerful symbol of fertility. Oh, and we’re finally getting into the sweet stuff!

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Chocolate

Chocolate eggs are a relatively new invention, starting with 18th century pastry chefs showing off their artistic skills. However, chocolate is basically a spiritual experience for me, so I’ll take any excuse to incorporate it into my celebrations. And I think Easter chocolate is superior to all other holiday chocolate. I can’t explain it. Must be magic.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies with a bite taken

Mint

Mint is well-known for prosperity and money magic, but given its ability to grow so prolifically, I’d say it’s definitely got some fertility energy as well. Plus, it’s just so bright and springy. Seems like these would be perfect recipes to celebrate Ostara. Oh, and we’re bringing back some of that chocolate.

Goat Cheese Crostini and rosemary

A few extra spring recipes

There were a few more recipes that just felt right to me, and every witch knows that trusting your intuition is paramount. I think you’ll love them.

  • Goat Cheese Crostini – Topped with honey and macadamia nuts, this has the promise of spring.
  • Jam Tarts – If it’s still too early for a lot of fresh fruits and berries where you live, these jam tarts let you make the most of the last of the winter preserves.
  • Dutch Baby – There’s realy never a wrong time for this vehicle for whatever fresh fruit or other toppings you might have on hand.

Whether you’re celebrating with your family or your coven, this turn of the wheel of the year is filled with promise. If you make one of these recipes to celebrate Ostara, I’d love to see it. Share your photos on Instagram, and hashtag them #awesomeon20.

And be sure to check my Kitchen Magick page for specific correspondences of various ingredients.

Ostara blessings to you, friends. Make it awesome.

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