Old Religion

Opal

Beauty, prosperity, luck, power, psychic abilities, visual acuity, emotional balance

Orange

Courage, pride, ambition, enthusiasm, energy, friendship, communication, success, opportunities.

 

Ostara

(Easter Spring Equinox) The spring time sacrificial festival named after the Saxon Goddess Eostre or Ostara; a northern form of Astarte, and the same Goddess as in India's Great Mother Kali.

Naturally her sacred month is March; the month that Spring arrives, and everywhere one sees birth and rebirth in the plant and animal kingdom.

Spring time is then, the time of celebration; released from the shackles of winter. Sacrificial mating - or sacred marriage. In this, the woman identified herself with the Goddess, and man sank himself into her, through her, giving of his masculinity, but not destroying it; emerging from the experience revitalized (sounds like a contented man)!

As with most of the sabbats, bale-fires were lit on the mountains and hills to encourage the sun to warm the earth, and bring regeneration of the plants,  trees and all life in general.

When the church decided to take over the world's religions, they, as usual, ran into the same old problem of converting the people.

So in-trenched were their customs, the church had to once again, come up with a similar story to convey birth and rebirth, only with the male being the star of the show, rather than the obvious female. But one thing the church couldn't change, and that was the fluctuating dates on which the actual celebration took place.

To this day, the church relies on the Pagan Lunar calendar for Easter. It is, and always has been the first Sunday following the Full moon after the Spring Equinox.

The Pagans had always used this timing to represent the "pregnant phase of Ostara passing into the fertile season"; and it wasn't until the middle ages that the church even gave it its own name, and even then, they had to keep it similar to the Pagan one, So it came to be, Easter.