Ostara Crystals and Herbs

Ostara Crystals and Herbs: 20 for Spring Equinox Magick

We’re stretching our branches, unfurling our leaves and touching the sun’s warm rays once again. The Spring Equinox approaches and many of us are coming out of our Wintery shells, preparing for sabbat ritual, casting seasonal spells and more. And what items help us harness that Spring-time energy better than Ostara crystals and herbs? Here’s our 20+ favorites to use in your decorations, rituals, traditions and more!

First, What Is Ostara? And Why Is It Important?

Ostara is a modern pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox, which is based on an old Germanic festival. It occurs annually in the Northern Hemisphere around March 21st and in the Southern Hemisphere around September 21st. The whole point is welcoming the coming of Spring and the turning of the Wheel of the Year. In ancient times, there was a lot to celebrate – warmth, fertility, and the earth returning to its fullest beauty after a long, cold and sometimes deadly Winter.

Today, the themes of the Spring Equinox are similar and include balance, fertility, creativity, renewal and rebirth, health, vitality, love, beauty, and purification. As such, the modern folks who celebrate Ostara today focus their customs and traditions around these themes. And often Ostara crystals and herbs are featured ingredients and aspects of these celebrations. Here are our favorites:

10 Ostara Crystals for the Altar, Rituals, and Magick

A few ways I implement Ostara crystals into my space and magick include adding them to the altar, placing around my home, and using in ritual baths and spells of all kinds. Here are ten of my favorites and ones you should consider using this Spring Equinox:

1. Rose Quartz

I honestly think rose quartz is a favorite of everyone’s. If not, you’ve never actually owned a piece. Because its soothing, loving vibes are too hard to ignore. You can’t hate a stone that literally LOVES you. This is a perfect crystal for Ostara because it brings love, beauty, and calm to any space it enters. Plus the pink shade reminds us of Spring, doesn’t it?

2. Angelite

Angelite is a seriously underrated stone. Not only for its beautiful blue color but also for its energy. The light blue color enhances communication, soothes frazzled nerves, and promotes healing on many levels. In addition, angelite (as seen in its name), invokes angelic energy and alignment with our higher selves and spiritual team. And, of course, the color also screams SPRING.

3. Lepidolite

We know the fae folk really start to come out around the Spring Equinox, so lepidolite is the perfect Ostara crystal. Paired with an Ostara herb like thyme or rosemary, it attracts faery energy to one’s garden or sacred space. Lepidolite is also helpful in balancing one’s chakras, which is in alignment with the Equinox’s overall theme of balance.

4. Moss Agate

In the Spring, green and hedge witches are planting seeds, tending sprouts, and in general enjoying the outside world. Moss agate is known as the gardener’s stone and is super effective in helping plants grow strong through the Spring and Summer season. Bury four moss agates, one in each corner, of your garden to aid in growth beginning at Ostara.

5. Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a beautiful dark green stone with red flecks. The red flecks are what gives it its name. Plus the fact that it’s been used in healing measures to “get the blood flowing”, so to speak. Since Ostara is an Equinox about balance, bloodstone is a great stone since it helps balance out and stabilize emotions.

6. Turquoise

Turquoise is one of my all-time favorite stones. It’s versatility is what makes it perfect for the Ostara sabbat. This Ostara crystal has protective, healing, and purifying properties. Turquoise unites polar opposites – land and sky, male and female, light and dark, and therefore is a balancing stone as well. Wear turquoise to protect yourself from negative energy and illness.

7. Citrine

Citrine is an energizing stone that is connected to the sun and the solar plexus. Since the sun is growing day by day through until the Summer Solstice, citrine is an appropriate Ostara crystal. Keep it on the altar, add it to the bath, wear it on your person, and use in Ostara spells and rituals for a boost of energy and manifestation power.

8. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is an enigmatic stone that is hard to explain unless you’ve held one yourself. It’s connected to the throat chakra and all things related to communication. It aids in contact between person and spirit. And, in my experience, brings on dreams of past lives and induces astral projection. The pretty royal blue color with gold flecks makes it a beautiful stone for the Ostara altar and ritual.

Rose quartz, selenite, and angelite all pictured here.

9. Selenite

Selenite, also called the Angel Crystal, is linked to the Moon, to lunar deities, and to the Angelic realm. It is a purifying, high vibrational crystal that never needs to be cleansed. It is self cleansing. Use selenite on Ostara to balance one’s energy, connect to the Divine, and bring about a sense of peace and renewal for Spring.

10. Green Calcite

Green Calcite, or what we like to call the Witch’s Heart Stone, is a light green stone that’s helpful in many healing rites. This crystal aids in releasing old habits and toxic relationships, a powerful ritual to complete at Ostara. Since we are heading into a new season, it’s time to release the old to make way for the new.

Green Calcite Meaning & Properties: The WITCH'S HEART Stone

10 Ostara Herbs for Spells, Kitchen Witchery, and More

Besides Ostara crystals, Ostara herbs are a staple in Spring rituals and spellwork. Here are a few that can be used to manifest one’s intentions via spellwork at the altar and in the kitchen. I will note which herbs are culinary/edible and which are not.

1. Rose (Parts are Edible)

What flower is as prominent in our minds as the rose? The rose is a versatile, magical plant and is seen in many gardens in North America, Europe, and throughout the world. It’s being included as an Ostara herb and goes well with many Ostara crystals including rose quartz. Rosehips and rosebuds may be used in culinary dishes like desserts and infused into sugar. Rosebuds can be infused in hot water and drank as a tea to retain beauty and draw love towards oneself.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile is one of my favorite Ostara herbs for more than one reason. It’s a beautiful little flower, first and foremost, and secondly it’s effective in many spells and rituals. I’ve used chamomile tea to relieve sinus infection symptoms in the Spring, to purify my aura and my space (via ritual baths and herbal sprays), and as a simmer pot on the stove to lift the vibes of the household.

3. Lavender

Who doesn’t love the aroma of lavender? Well, if you don’t, that’s okay but you’re missing out. Lavender has been used in magick, medicine, and food for thousands of years. It was once even considered currency in ancient Rome. It can be used in Ostara spells for beauty, love, banishing, purification, sleep, dream work, and to invoke peace in a household. Weaving lavender into Spring floral crowns and Ostara wreaths is common at this sabbat.

4. Thyme

Thyme is known as a fairy herb when grown in the garden, especially when grown near a blackberry bramble. I love using thyme in my Ostara dishes including in herb roasted chicken and potatoes. It’s a perfect complimenting herb to rosemary in kitchen witchery. This Ostara herb can be sprinkled around candle spells to draw love and lust, and burned to purify one’s space after a long Winter.

5. Mint

My grandmother used to grow mint in her garden, and every Spring she’d ask me to pluck some of the leaves to add to a batch of iced black tea. Mint is refreshing and grows easily in almost any sunny garden. Be sure to put it in its own pot so it doesn’t take over! It’s edible and used in sweets, teas, and alcoholic beverages.

6. Daisy

No flower or herb screams Ostara and the Spring season like the daisy. Daisies are bright, cheery flowers with white blooms and a yellow center. And they’ve been a symbol of Spring for centuries. Woven into floral crowns, the daisy indicated to other single young folks that the wearer was ready to mingle. They were also brought into the home at Ostara to bring blessings in and invite in benevolent fae.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary is great for literally every sabbat and Ostara is no exception. Weave it into Ostara crowns, make wreaths, fasten into a besom, and more. Rosemary makes a delicious herbal flavoring to poultry dishes, soups, stews, and roasts. It brings nearly every intention into manifestation including health, vitality, memory and mental abilities, love, purification, beauty, growth, and prosperity. It’s safe to use in a ritual bath and amplifies the effects of moon water.

8. Bay

Bay has been used for thousands of years in food, medicine, and ritual. Myth says the Oracle of Delphi received her visions by inhaling the smoke of bay laurel. As an Ostara herb, bay purifies one’s space when burned or added to a simmer pot. Bay magically protects from lightning strikes and therefore is great to grow on your property. Or place leaves in your windowsills during the Spring to protect from storms.

9. Basil

Basil is the most brilliant green Ostara herb on this list and truly imbues the essence that is the Spring Equinox. Place a few leaves of basil in your wallet or purse to draw money towards you. Place in the bath to rid yourself of the Winter blues and raise your vibrations. Add to a salad or soup in your Ostara feast.

10. Yarrow

Yarrow grows in North America and in Europe and is beloved for its wound healing abilities. According to UncommonYarrow, this powerful plant is a “guardian, a heart protector, and a teacher.” In indigenous magic, yarrow was hung in windows along with cedar to ward off evil spirits and illness. As an Ostara herb, yarrow will do all of this and more. Plus, the flowers are delicate and pretty.

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One thought on “Ostara Crystals and Herbs: 20 for Spring Equinox Magick

  1. Thank you for this article! I love Ostara and it seems it is one of the Sabbats that not as many people celebrate. Hopefully this will inspire others.

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