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Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring (Holiday Series) Paperback – February 8, 2002

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The vernal equinox has long been regarded as the most earthy of the solar festivals, and McCoy's guide to the pagan celebration of Ostara/Eostre ably instructs readers in the holiday's historical association with fertility and sexuality, as well as its symbolic nature as a harbinger of spring. McCoy includes some useful history, as well as rituals, recipes and spells for the March 22 festival. The writing can be gimmicky ("Eggs-actly Ostara" is a bit much for an opening chapter title), but this is an engaging and helpful guide to Pagan ritual.
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About the Author

Edain became a self-initiated Witch in 1981 and has been an active part of the Pagan community since her formal initiation into a large San Antonio coven in 1983.  Edain has researched alternative spiritualities since her teens, when she was first introduced to Kaballah, or Jewish mysticism.  Since that time, she has studied a variety of magickal paths including Celtic, Appalachian folk magick, and Curanderismo, a Mexican-American folk tradition.  Today, Edain is part of the Wittan Irish Pagan tradition, where she is a priestess of Brighid and an elder.  

An alumnus of the University of Texas with a BA in history, she is affiliated with several professional writer's organizations and occasionally presents workshops on magickal topics or works individually with students who wish to study Witchcraft.

This former woodwind player for the Lynchburg (VA) Symphony claims both the infamous feuding McCoy family of Kentucky and Sir Roger Williams, the seventeeth-century religious dissenter, as branches on her ethnically diverse family tree.  In her "real life," Edain works as a licensed stockbroker.

Edain is the author of fifteen books, including Bewitchments; Enchantments; and her most recent release, Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring.

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Product Details

  • Series: Holiday Series (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (February 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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)
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By A Customer on February 7, 2003
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"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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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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As with the other Sabbat books, this one is just as fantastic. The tidbits of info and the craft and cooking ideas are amazing. It's a great book to have on your shelf next to others like Circle Round by Anne Hill. Perfect for any Pagan family.
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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.
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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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Edain McCoy is one of the best authors on the team of Llewellyns staff of Witchery. This is one of her best books as well. The spring equinox is one of my favorite times of the year. One cannot go wrong when the yearning for youth is inherent in all of us.

This book provides the reader with all the lore and legend of this splendid time of the year. From spring flower magic to some great recipies that I have tried and wonderful lore of fairies! One simply cannot go wrong. Ms McCoy has much experience under her belt. I remember her earlier work in the 1980s!

True, to the purist out there there are many flaws. My comment on this is "let us see you do a better job". Enjoy it for what it is: a book about a magical heart!
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By Vada on January 10, 2013
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Shipping was excellent, and the book was in pristine shape. I am reading it now, and I can't stay out of it. Spring is my favorite season, so I am ready to delve into all I can learn on this pagan holiday. A must have.
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