Tag Archives: Ostara

Rosemary Potatoes

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Blast from the past post! We posted this a few years ago for Ostara and it is still an office favorite to share.

Kitchen Witch Wicki

Rosemary Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds Small potatoes
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh rosemary, chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Cover new potatoes with water and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Drain and allow potatoes to dry on a cookies sheet, in a single layer. Add olive oil, salt, garlic, and fresh rosemary. Place potatoes in oven and bake until crispy and browned, which is about 15-20 minutes.

Ostara Correspondances

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The symbolism of Ostara helps us understand what it is we are celebrating and what Ostara means.

Here are a few key phrases to help us remember what it is about Ostara you are doing rituals for or looking towards.

Renewed promise of and resurrection of life, The Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, Dispensing of the old and making way for the new, Rebirth

 

Correspondences for Ostara

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The Altar decorations that are suggested for this time of year would be items like: Colored eggs, seeds, earth (dirt), flowers and herbs that are typically found this time of year, four leaf clover, baskets, lambs, chicks, bunnies, pussy willows, sprouting bulbs, colored ribbons.

Share with us what items you like to put on your Ostara altar. Better yet share with us a picture of your lovely Ostara Altar )O(

Ostara Activities

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This is the perfect time to clear a space for a garden. It’s too early in many climates to plant fruits and vegetables seeing as the frosts can happen as late as April in many places. In my area we can get it until late May. Still it is nice to have things ready.

You can start flowers, herbs or vegetables indoors. Once you are sure it is warm enough you can transfer them into their ready made area outside.

Ostara Activities

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A tradition that is great at this time of year is the tradition of knocking on the ground to “wake up” Mother Earth.

This has always been the part of Ostara my children look forward to. They just love the part of the ceremony where they get to wake up the earth.

How we practice this tradition is by marking a four-pointed circle/compass on the ground. I have 4 children so this is perfect for them to learn what part they do and share. If you have only one child you can have them start at the southernmost point, walk to the northernmost point. This represents the cold north. We typically use a staff, wand or hand to knock on the ground.

When they knock on the ground then they do what ever call they feel to do. The older kids like to say chants where as the youngest will just say things like “Wake up it’s cold!” This helps teach the children that there is no right or wrong way to perform their craft. That what ever inspires them or comes naturally is completely acceptable.

If you’re inclined to noisier celebrations then drums or rattles could be used for the ceremony.

Lady Destiny )O(

Recipes that are good to make during Ostara

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Mom’s Potato Salad.

Thats right potato salad is a great dish to be making this time of year. Who knew? This would be because of the herbs you can put in the dish and that a HUGE ingredient in a good potato salad is eggs.

Seeing as how I LOVE my mother’s potato salad I thought I would share it with you. Before I post the recipe huge shout out to my mom for giving me this recipe. This is her own recipe and I have not found another quite like it 😉

Lady Destiny )O(

Ingredients:

8 – 10 Potatoes, medium sized
Pinch of Salt *for boiling potatoes*
4 Hard boiled eggs
1 to 1 1/2 cups of Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing
1/4 cup of Mustard
3 tbsp of Sugar
1/4 cup of Relish
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Pepper
1 tsp of Rice Vinegar
4 stalks of Celery, sliced thin
2 Onions, chopped
2 Dill pickles, chopped

Boil potatoes in water with a pinch of salt. Allow to boil for about 20 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Drain and ruin the potatoes under cold water to cool.

Dressing: Mash up the hard boiled eggs. Beat in the with the eggs Mayonnaise, Mustard, Sugar, Relish, Salt, Pepper, and Rice Vinegar. Making sure it is blended well.

Stir into the dressing Celery, Onions, and Dill pickles. Slowly and carefully fold in the chilled potatoes to the dressing. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. Once cool enough serve.