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    Ostara

    It's my first Ostara soon and I'd like to celebrate it, but I don't have all altar tools, it's hard to find flowers this time of year (I don't have a money to buy much) and etc.. Have I wait to the next time or is there some other and easyer way to respect/celebrate it?

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    It's way too cold where I live to find flowers at this time of year, too. I'm thinking about making some with paper.

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    I just bought some yesterday from the grocery store. I'd pick them, but hey...Smithers is still under three feet of snow. (Snow in February, what is this? My coastal rainforest upbringing is offended)
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    Re: Ostara

    You could make origami flowers or draw some.

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    Are flowers actually necessary? Are any tools really necessary? I'm not sure what you were planning to do, but if you don't have "things" the gods usually understand. The important thing is to honor them. Since I don't know if you have any specific ideas on that in mind, I can't really offer any additional advice.

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    I agree with Omidottir, tools aren't really necessary. I think it'd be better to celebrate Ostara in any way you can rather than ignore it for this year because you couldn't find certain things. Have a look around your house or your environment. Be creative. Think outside the box. Making your own special celebration rather than "sticking to the rules" so to speak will probably make things more meaningful for you anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omidottir View Post
    Are flowers actually necessary? Are any tools really necessary? I'm not sure what you were planning to do, but if you don't have "things" the gods usually understand. The important thing is to honor them. Since I don't know if you have any specific ideas on that in mind, I can't really offer any additional advice.
    Definitely this!

    All you need is your good self. I like the idea of making origami/paper flowers, as Peri_dot suggests too. You could do a simple candle situal, or if you don't even have a candle, just meditate. It really depends on how you were planning to celebrate. I like to do a ritual, but after that, I like to get to the chocolate eggs and bunnies!

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    We celebrate Ostara in our home as a time for cleansing, blessing and new beginnings...for us, we have daffodils and such in bloom, but its not a necessity (heck, the tulips were up and blooming in January, the weather has been so mild).
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    I give thanks for Cadbury Crack (Creme) Eggs. They are the best reason to celebrate April. :P

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    when i was a student, I was still a kid. i remember i got grounded right before beltaine that year. I called my teacher (she was a funny, grumpy cuban woman. and 32. i thought she was OLD) she told me to fix a cup of tea and sit in a window. to meditate on the season, and give honor to the gods. (this was before i was permitted to do things like casting a circle, and i wasnt allowed to go outside at all) I have to say, it was as meaning ful as the most elaborate ritual i have been in. INTENT. that is the key to honoring the gods. form is nothing without it.

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