Ostara is the official start of spring. Its also referred to in astrological terms as the Vernal Equinox. It falls approximately half way between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice.
Traditionally, Ostara represents new beginnings, fresh starts, birth, fertility, and all the things we associate with the Spring season, or this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.
A ritual bath for Ostara is best used to focus on welcoming or manifesting new beginnings, starting something new, beginning a new path or journey, or other life or spiritual changes that might fit into this category.
What you will need:
Several handfuls of any kind of flowers, but some that are recommended for Ostara baths are:
Lilacs, lavender, roses, rosemary, or any other flower beginning to bloom now. If you gather them wild, it is recommended you say thanks for the bounty or leave a small offering on the land from which you gathered them.
Essential oils of any of those flowers, or others that you feel drawn to
Optional: ~1 cup any plant-based milk (oats, macadamia, almond, or coconut)
What you will do:
If you want to write down intentions or things to say/request beforehand, feel free. Also feel free to incorporate candles or crystals as you wish.
Add all ingredients to a bath of appropriate temperature.
Before stepping into the water, visualize yourself stepping out of the old and into the new. The tub or basin represents a threshold through which you will shed whatever you are leaving behind and will welcome whatever you are starting new.
Sit and enjoy the bath as long as you want! That’s it.