r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 19d ago

Holidays 🌸🐇💐Spring Equinox - 20 March 2023💐🐇🌸

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Spring Equinox/Ostara:

Welcome to the latest sabbat informational post! Throughout the year, we will be posting up these threads to share general information about the next upcoming sabbat so WvP's witches, new and old, can prepare for the holiday. These posts will contain basic information about the holiday and open up the floor for further questions or discussion.

For our Southern Hemisphere witches, the upcoming equinox in March is actually the autumnal equinox. You can check out our thread about the Autumn Equinox here!


🌸🐇💐 The Spring Equinox 💐🐇🌸


What's the Spring Equinox? What's Ostara? When are they and how are they different?

The Spring Equinox (or Vernal Equinox) is an astronomical event that happens once a year and marks the event when the day's period of sunlight has lengthened enough to be exactly 12 hours long. It occurs between 19~22 March each year in the northern hemisphere. In many Western cultures, this starts the beginning of Spring. This year, the spring equinox falls on Monday, 20 March.

For some, the term Ostara is commonly used. Ostara (pronounced oh-STAR-ah) is one of the eight sabbats of the modern pagan Wheel of the Year. It is one of the "lesser sabbats", meaning that it is based around either an equinox or a solstice. The others are Litha (Summer Solstice), Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), and Yule (Winter Solstice). There's a section below that goes into the history and connections of Ostara in more detail if you're interested.

In Pagan and/or Witch circles, Ostara and the spring equinox have a lot of overlap due to their similarities, though not everyone celebrates both on the same day. Other options include celebrating Ostara on a fixed day (often 21 or 25 March), the nearest Full Moon, on the arrival of a local sign of spring (such as the blossoming of certain flowers), or even throughout the whole spring season. Additionally, other cultures and spiritual traditions have their own ways of celebrating the spring equinox. No matter what type of witch you are, you have a lot of options to choose from!


Ostara: History, Connections, and Modern Practice

Ostara in its current form is a modern holiday based on assorted elements of older pagan beliefs and rituals. The name comes from the Germanic goddess Ēostre/Ostara. We don't have a lot of firm facts about Ēostre, but Christians have adopted many of her symbols into modern Easter celebrations, such as eggs and hares. Ever wonder what the Easter Bunny had to do with the resurrection of Jesus? 🐇

As a part of the Wheel of the Year, Ostara follows Imbolc, when the seeds that were planted at the first turning of the season now begin to flower. Ostara is above all else a celebration of life, rebirth, fertility, and renewal.

If you look at the sabbats as a reflection of the self, Ostara is the time to plant seeds for self-actualization and to focus on positive change and growth. What do you need and want to come into fruition this year? Now is the time to take your first firm steps on this journey.

Symbols: Eggs, Hares, Seeds, Feathers, Serpents/Dragons
Element: Air
Colours: Green, Yellow, Purple
Plants/Herbs: All Spring Flowers, Birch Trees/Wood
Foods: All sorts of egg dishes, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, cakes/biscuits, seed dishes, baking/cooking with flowers


Simple rituals and ways to celebrate include:

  • Open the curtains to let in some sun and get out the winter dust with a bit of spring cleaning.
  • Paint some eggs, an activity great for witches young and old!
  • For (aspiring) Green Witches, plant some new seeds/plants, especially herbs, flowers, and vegetables. When possible, stick to local plants! Here is a great guide for new gardeners and/or planting in small spaces, like an apartment.
  • Walk in nature to appreciate the new growth and the changing of the seasons. It's a great time to visit your local national or state parks.
  • Setup, clean, and/or refresh your altar for the spring season. Tumblr has lots of ideas if you're lacking inspiration!
  • Perform an Ostara seasonal rite/ritual. Here is an example of a solitary Ostara ritual, for practicing witches without a coven.
  • For (aspiring) Kitchen Witches, bake some Hot Cross Buns.
  • Perform spells/rituals with fresh eggs and/or newly-grown flowers.
  • Help birds create their nests! Birdhouses/boxes, nesting material, and feed are all good this time of year.
  • Celebrate by eating and cooking with seasonal produce.

Tips for New and/or Broom Closet Witches

Take full advantage of the similarities with Easter, especially if you need to stay hidden in your practice. Bunnies, chicks, eggs, and flowers are going to be anywhere and everywhere throughout spring and can easily be incorporated into various decorations and rituals.

A great, simple way to celebrate is to plant something! Small potted herbs are cheap and work very well for this.

Much of the importance of the Wheel of the Year is to really incorporate yourself with nature and the earth's yearly cycles. Take this opportunity to think about the equinox and the spring season and what they mean to you. Walk through nature to appreciate the rebirth of spring. See what animals are active where you live. Are any birds returning from winter migration? Which plants are already blooming?

Adjust yourself to the changes of the year as well. It may be time to look into packing away the winter coat! Especially with climate change, it's good to plan ahead for temperatures rising over the next few months, perhaps faster and stronger than expected.

Special thanks to Einmariya for research, content, & dedication to holidays. 💗🐇


Feel free to ask any questions you might have below or otherwise use this post for discussion about the Spring Equinox!


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 10d ago

Selfie Sorcery Selfie Sorcery Thread! - post ur Sunday best below :)

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How long do you think it will be until someone tries to stop me from using the women's bathroom?

I've already heard stories about cis women being called names / attacked because the aggressor was transphobic and thought they were trans

Transmisia hurts all women. Transphobia and feminism are mutually exclusive. Misogyny hurts all women. Trans women are women.

Never forget that when they come for trans women, it means they're coming for cis women too.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

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Burn the Patriarchy Today is a good day to BURN THE PATRIARCHY 🔥

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 16h ago Take My Energy

Burn the Patriarchy Mainstream feminism fails butch women

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Not sure which flair to use I thought this is the most appropriate as mainstream feminism isn’t doing enough to burn the patriarchy.

As the title says mainstream feminism is failing butch women massively. The common discourse is about embracing reclaiming femininity and while this is important for those that want it this ignores the fact that butch women didn’t give up femininity we let go of it and stoped trying to hold onto something that wasn’t even what we wanted.

I’m constantly seeing anytime a slightly rugged woman shows up in media a shit storm happens and people say she shouldn’t have to give up femininity for be masculine to be powerful. This argument ignores the massive amount of feminine and conventionally attractive kick ass women in media. Butch women don’t get any representation let alone good representation. No captain marvel isn’t masculine she’s an alien soldier ptsd or some other trauma.

Also I noticed how women are frustrated by being expected to be a certain way in office settings and are expected to do emotional labour well that might change a bit if butch and masculine women are allowed to exist in media and in real life. It would show that not all women are inherently feminine not all women are good at emotional labour or even intuiting others emotions. By portraying more butch women it would show that there is no one way to be a woman.

Some branches of feminism have even started getting into gender essentialism basically saying all women are naturally emotionally intelligent and nurturing and that it’s empowering to embrace that. This ignores neurodiverse women and women that just don’t intuit others emotions well. I myself don’t intuit emotions if you want something you have to tell me no beating around the bush just plain English. There is no empowerment for me in nurturing I absolutely hate it I can’t do emotional labour it is not natural to me. I am very much naturally masculine by western standards how I dress how I act talk walk so according to gender essentialism I’m either defective or a trans man so which is it?

Every time I see people talking about femininity being erased I’m like where is it being erased because I’ve never seen a butch woman be accepted more than a feminine one. Yah NLOGs exist but I’ve seen so many stories of butch women trying to be femme just to fit in and hating every second of it. I can even show examples from r/butchlesbians forget quote mining I have a whole quote quarry I can pull up just to show how we are brushed aside.

Please support your butch sisters we need acceptance we aren’t a threat to you.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

Meme Craft Lol

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 6h ago

Burn the Patriarchy Not sympathy, but transphobia

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My family flew down to our home town (in Texas) for Spring Break to visit the folks. We were here when the Covenant shooting happened. The entire town is up in arms. Flags being lowered to half mast, signs being put up, vigils being held. Sounds sweet, sounds like a nice show of sympathy and solidarity. But… The problem I am having with all of this is that, less than a week before, there was a school shooting IN THIS TOWN that killed almost as many people. Where were the vigils then? Why weren’t the flags lowered then? We can’t show empathy and solidarity for our own neighbors, but for people miles and miles away. I hate how when “the school shooting” is brought up in conversation I have to ask, “which shooting?” And it’s never the local one. I get that one was elementary kids and one was high school, but dammit these people mourning are IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Shouldn’t that literally hit closer to home?? But it feels like, outside those who are directly mourning, the local shooting doesn’t matter. I have this feeling that it’s because of the shooters. You see, the local one was carried out by your standard white cis male. Every time I see a sign or a freshly lowered flag, it doesn’t feel like solidarity or empathy, it feels like transphobia. The fact that I’m the only one talking about the local shooting makes me feel like I’m literally going crazy.

I don’t know what I’m after here, just had to get this out in a safe place.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1h ago

Marketplace Green Witch & Black Elf in Spring Wandering in the Forest. / Model is @theforestdweller (IG, FB & TikTok) / Cloak by Raven Fox Capes and Cloaks

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1d ago

Meme Craft Hey fellow Witches, are you ready for some Hysteria on this Wednesday?! Let's get witchy and wild!

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Marketplace Hi all! Just wanted to share some of my moon wreaths I've made. 🖤🌙

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Burn the Patriarchy Time to eat fruit braless in my garden.

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 4h ago

Blessings Please light a candle for me.

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Darling hearts, I have the last exam of a 4.5 year journey tomorrow... And wowzers, has it been quite the journey.

I started when my child was 1.5 years old, have been working full time, making a run down house bought cheaply into a cozy home, there was a lil old pandemic and the day to day keeping people fed and pants clean. It's been looooonnnggg.

Every holiday snap has a study book in it somewhere too.

Please light a candle for this very tired witch.

I've put the work in, seen 3 rainbows in the same sky at the weekend and got my fuel to 50.00 on the nose... The signs are right!

In 17 hours I'll be done!


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

Media Magic sending LOVE to everyone in this beautiful community. Magical sunset in the North tonight. Kärlek!

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 23h ago Platinum Take My Energy

⚠️Sensitive Topic Getting rid of the pjs I was wearing the first time I was sexually abused

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Honestly not sure why I haven’t burned these sooner. But last year was the first time I had told anyone about the abuse I went through ever. Going to therapy and all that now. I was going through my closet and saw these and decided I wanted to physically manifest the fact that that bastard is gone. He is no longer part of my life.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 18h ago

Gender Magic As a transgender school shooting survivor. This week fucking sucks.

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sorry if the tag isn’t appropriate, i didnt know what to choose. And this is the only sub id feel safe to vent on

So yeah i was in the STEM school shooting back in 2019. You probably never heard about it because only 1 kid was killed. Yeah so thats the opening to this rant , its not gonna get better from here. If this is too heavy for you i dont blame you but you should get out now.

Now im not here to tell you what the shooting experience was like. Sadly enough there are other post out there (maybe not on this sub i haven’t checked) that can describe what thats like. So let me tell you what its like after the cops show up. Now luckily STEM is literally down the street from a police station so it didnt take long for them to show up and escort everyone out of the building. STEM doesn’t have a proper field or really anything like that , so we were all escorted to this small patch of grass out in the front of the building before they moved us to a proper location.

Now on that piece of grass everyone you know including yourself has just gone through the worst experience of their life, and now its finally over. Lots of kids are crying , my best friend sobbing afterwards is still an image i don’t forget. Theres a lot of friends saying i love you for the first time. There was one kid who i shit you not told me this was his second school shooting. I know as an internet stranger you cant trust that that’s true , but on my soul it is. But more then all of that theres 2 things you’ll find on that grass.

The first thing is a complete and utter lack of surprise. Shock? sure. Surprise? No. Kids all over the place were saying shit like “welp. finally happened.” And why should they be surprised? Most of the schools in the same area of STEM have had the exact same thing happen there. And we were a tech school so yeah you better believe we see the news. People saw it as a matter of time. Honestly the most surprising thing was the shooters waited until last period.

The second thing you find on that grass , is questions. And i don’t mean questions like Why? or What? we could guess to that. No see when you’re school just got shot up literally minutes ago , you don’t have all the information. You don’t know if all your friends got out ok. So you search for them to try and confirm who’s alive. After you find them , or you don’t , the next question was who did it. Cause yeah when you’re all huddled up in the corner of your classroom you don’t know who it is shooting inside. Now 2 people shot up stem. I don’t care to talk about one of them , he’s not relevant to this and i don’t wanna give him the satisfaction. You have the article you can read it if you want.

So in my crowd of people i was talking to , we did know who atleast 1 of the shooters was and that was alec. Now i didnt know alec but alot of my group did (mostly because alec sold alot of drugs at stem according to my friends). And the thing about Alec is that hes a transgender man. His reasoning for the shooting was to get back at people who bullied him for being trans (which by the way is the same as 99% of school shooter motivations just with a twist).

Now i wanna make it very clear that Alec was not the only trans person at stem. I myself didn’t come out until after the shooting , but there were many kids there at the time who were and they’re all pretty lovely people for the most part. STEM in general is pretty much the gayest school in colorado. Genuinely during my time there cishet kids were a minority (cis bi kids were the majority if you’re curious). And the other shooter was a cis man , so no actually conservative creeps , its not the transness of a person that makes a shooter.

And when we were on that grass we knew that if fucking fascist news outlets got wind of alec being trans , they were going to run with it like crazy. Now fortunately those news outlets didnt catch wind of it. Turns out that the whole “Nobody cares about your school shooting because not enough kids died” thing was a blessing in disguise. Because guess what?

almost 4 years later and we were fucking right. And now as a transgender woman i get to deal with that. Honestly i was gonna write more about this , but do i really have to? You can guess why it sucks. Sorry if this reads passive aggressive im just venting. If you read all of this , Thanks.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

Burn the Patriarchy I realized, at 26 years old, that I had no idea what my adult body looked like.

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This realization was prompted because I was going through a tough time in university and mental health and hadn't shaven any parts of my body for a while. One day in the shower I just realized that I actually have no idea what my body looks like in its natural state because I've been shaving various parts of my body since I was 15. My view of my body was that of a teenage body, and I am a fully grown woman now. I know this doesn't apply across the board for women in different cultures but my culture heavily stigmatizes female body hair.

Anyway, I have found that discovering what my body looks like and appreciating it for being an adult has been a really nurturing form of selfcare lately, especially since I've been trying to be more body neutral as a stepping stone to self-love.

Much love, y'all 💓


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 23h ago

Meme Craft Might be old, but reminded me of you guys

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

Coven Counsel I took steps today that made me feel like ME

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The last few years I've been who people want and expect me to be. But those people weren't who I am. Today I walked into a hair dressers and I had them cut my waist length hair into shoulder length curls. I regret nothing! Today I AM ME!

I have always felt a connection with paganism and I feel the power today.