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Ostara: Customs, Spells and Rituals for the Rites of Spring [Paperback]

Edain McCoy
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15 Jan 2002
The lure of the vernal equinox is impossible to ignore. Called Ostara or Eostre in nature spiritualities, it is one of the most primitive and 'earthy' of the solar festivals. From colouring eggs with natural plant dyes, to spring cleaning rituals, to spells for love and lust, this book will help you connect with the spirit of the festival and incorporate its rituals and customs, both ancient and new, into your own Ostara celebrations.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (15 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700823
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 18.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guides with cute pictures! 14 Dec 2003
I had only just become a witch and hadn't got a clue how to celebrate and of the sabbats, when I read this. The book's informative, but I wouldn't recomend it to a newcomer to the craft because it's too detailed and has many things that newcomers to the craft would'nt understand. It however does include the myths and stories of Ostara. Magick and divination, rituals and the usual traditions, recipes and seasonal crafts. This book was useful because it deepens the readers understanding of the spiritual aspects of the ancient holiday I'd recomend it to almost everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for any Pagan 11 Sep 2009
By Bex
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Great book with lovely ideas and stories and recipes. It seems to simple to celebrate Ostara while actually it can be done in many different ways and this book will give you a taste of many things. Very pleased.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good info, horrible editing! 7 Mar 2005
By starkittn - Published on Amazon.com
since i am relatively new to paganism, i found this book to be informative... the most interesting part for me was when she discussed the cultural heritage of the easter bunny, the egg, spring break, new easter clothes, etc. she also gave some good ideas for ostara rituals.

however, i will agree with another reviewer, the book is badly edited. she will address a topic in one chapter, and then several chapters later, she will address the same topic, and use almost the exact same wording. (and pictures!)

be wary of the recipies. her recipe for hot cross buns is very vague, i had to add about an extra cup of flour, and i kneaded it, even though she didn't say to. not paying attention, i followed the recipe exactly for the frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar, i cup orange juice, and got a runny mess. then i realized that they probably meant one *tablespoon* of orange juice. (next time, i'll try the hot cross buns in the red plaid better homes and gardens cookbook)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for cabin fever 7 Feb 2003
By "roxx33" - Published on Amazon.com
"Ostara" is another book in the Llewellyn series of Pagan holidays. This book is fun and creative, focusing on spells and rituals for the rites of spring. It is more than a book about Easter, it is filled with things we associate with the season, such as spring cleaning, the green man, and the birds and the bees. It takes a historic look at Easter and the origin of associated things like bunnies, eggs, and rebirthing. I enjoy this title because it is fun, informative, and not too heavy. The recipes are great, and you'll want to make "hot cross buns" when you read about their Pagan origin. I think this title is a great one to share with children, as you can make homemade Easter baskets, hunt for eggs, and learn together about the legends of Eostre. Edain McCoy's "Ostara" will make you "think spring!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new to see here, folks. 24 Mar 2002
By Cynthia M. Caton - Published on Amazon.com
While I thought this was fairly well written as magick books go, Ostara did not inspire me. Granted, the history of this sabbat may hard topic to write about. What I really found lacking was the ritual / spell aspects. It was just a rehashing of correspondence tables that we have seen many times before. McCoy does not give us a real, solid ritual to work off of. I read through the book once and went through it about half a dozen times looking for something to inspire me but came up short. It is not awful, just not that great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for just learning 27 Nov 2003
By merrymousies - Published on Amazon.com
I'm just learning about the Sabbats and this was the first one I came across on Ostara so I really enjoyed it. There are lots of stories of history, celebrations, discussion of things like the easter bunny, the birds & the bees etc - oh, and fairies. The parts I enjoyed the most were in The Goddesses of the Awakening Earth chapter - it has all sorts of neat goddess stories, things to do like burning incense to honor the godess of spring. There are some great riruals for Ostara like the balancing and centering ritual - made up of rhythmic breathing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the younger or teen witch! 21 Jun 2003
By Neil J. Hajba - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great teaching tool (along with the other Sabbat Books) for educating and planning learning activites for primary and secondary educational level students. As an adult, I also enjoy the cross cultural comparisons and recipes. This book would make a wonderful Ostara gift!
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