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Monday, February 21, 2011

Ostara / Spring Equinox

With Ostara coming up next month on March 20th. I thought I would put up a few post to honnor this Sabbott.

History….Germanic dawn deity meaning is “The month of beginnings or the month of openings. Light and dark are equal at this time, but the light is steadily growing stronger. The goddess Eostre mention to be connected with spring equinox is an Old English goddess. Red colored eggs have been used at spring equinox as far back as the Mesopotamian cultures. Red is the color of blood and life, while the egg itself represents birth and regeneration. Ostara begins the journey of stored energy bursting into fruition with focus of renewal, expansion, planting opportunities for the future, and the return of the Sun’s life giving warmth. This is the time of spring's return; the joyful time, the seed time, when life bursts forth from the earth and the chains of winter are broken. Mother Earth has moved closer to the sun beginning to warm the great womb of the Goddess. She is no longer the Crone but has turned from Crone to Maiden and all of life is fresh and new. The grass is starting to green up and trees are sprouting out. The earth has awakened from Her slumber. This is the time when the Goddess Hecate returns to the underworld and Persephone returns to Demeter. Light and dark are equal. It is a time of balance, when all the elements within us must be brought into a new harmony. Now is the time to see how well our own souls are balanced and to plant those things that we are lacking in ourselves. It is a time to look within our hearts to see the empty spaces to be filled.

Primary ritual focus…Fertility, sunrise ceremonies, offerings to the goddess of spring

Poplar mythos…Return of the goddess, Persephone, from the underworld

Planetary ruler…Mars

Magickal Ideas for rituals….

 Color and empower eggs for health, wealth, and prosperity

 Celebrate the return of the goddess by conjuring potted plants and giving them to friends and loved ones

 Incorporate chocolate into your ritual

 Review the items your magickal cabinet or box and replace what is needed empower the supplies during the ritual

 Bless seeds for the garden

 Hold your ritual at dawn

Candles: Gold, green, yellow, peach, pastel colors.

Gemstones: Amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper.

Incense: African violet, jasmine, rose, sage, strawberry.

Ritual herbs: Acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, lily, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, rose, strawberry, tansy and violets.

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