Happy Ostara! Today, with the rekindling of Priapus’ Bonfire, we celebrate Ostara, the Spring Equinox, the re-awakening of the Earth, the rites of Spring, the power of creation, and Priapus the god of fertility. The origin of the word Ostara is from Eostre, the Germanic goddess of spring. As religions conquer and take over the ancient ones, replacing pagan celebrations with their own, we come to know Ostara as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season.
The Spring Equinox is a time for fertility and “sowing seeds.” Like a teenager, Nature begins to go crazy spreading pollen over fertile land. In medieval Europe, the March hare was viewed as a fertility symbol. This species of rabbit is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long.
In ancient Rome, the god Mithras, is a precursor to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.
In the New World, the Mayan people in Central American celebrate the spring equinox by turning their eyes to the pyramids of Chichen Itzá. As the sun sets on the great ceremonial pyramid of El Castillo on the day of the equinox, its western face is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent. This event has been called “The Return of the Sun Serpent” since ancient times, and it marks a time of renewal and celebration.
At the Sacred Bonfire, we celebrate Ostara, spring, renewal and fertility in its male form: Priapus. Today we flaunt our penises as tools of creation and gather with the ancestors of men-who-love-men to celebrate the Sacred Male mysteries. In ritual song, dance, tantra, and sacred-sexuality we honor the god of fertility by sharing the seeds of creation and loving other men in sacred-spiritual sexuality.
Whether we celebrate as a solo-sexual, in partnership with a loved one, in groups with other men, or in nature we are bonded by the love that transcends time and space. The love of a man for another man is magical, powerful, creative. It is a healing energy that renews the man and the planet and is blessed by the earth who gave birth to us.
Celebrate the Sacred Male Mysteries today. Join in the dance of creation. Take Priapus’ hand, and frot your penis against his. Anoint your penis with his semen and share in the joyful celebration of Ostara!