Archive for March, 2010

Full Maple Sugar Moon

  

 
Full Maple Sugar Moon
By Tara Sutphen
 
The Full Maple Sugar Moon at 9*Libra will culminate March 29, 2010 7:25pm pst/10:25pm est (almanac). The time of using your mind to be in balance. To set in motion your equilibrium, allowing for poise and a steady way of being. Harmonizing instead of polarizing. You are in ‘the now’. Assessment of your routines, your job path, your mind set. How do you connect to your inner being and access your personal power. Are you connecting or disconnecting. Connection with yourself begins with feeling in tune with who you are. Are you unfocused or well rounded.  When do you feel confused and side track your success, your love life, your health, and your fitness. Do you sabotage yourself, berate yourself with low self-esteem behind closed doors. Do you tell yourself you want change but stay in stagnation. You could be thinking advancement and maybe speak it, but can you move your ideas into action. The development of your thoughts into process and effort. Propelling forward and forging ahead is always a risk. What if you make the wrong choices and create mistakes, what will be the plan to ‘save you’. Life can be gripping, hairy, heartbreaking, heartrending, impelling, impressive, meaningful, mind-bending, and mind-blowing.  And how do you create balance and LIVE. You begin over and over: activate, actuate, excite, inspire, instigate, introduce, lead, and most of all you prevail. Counterpoise and counterbalance what is important and what is not. What is good for you, what is not.
 
Journal Questions:
What is important to you? What is not important to you? What do you try to make important? What are your personal needs? What are your household needs? Are they in balance? What do you need to do to bring them into balance? Where are you not being responsible to you and your needs? Why do you feel stuck? How can you become unstuck? Write reasonable plans and preparations. When you are sad do you counterbalance this? What do you say to yourself? How do you feel? What do you need to say to bring yourself into better balance. When you are angry, how do you come to terms with how you feel? How can you come into better balance when you are agitated or frustrated? What brings you into balance when you are angry. Do you replay anger in your mind? Do you need to reprogram your anger process? Do you feel this is hyper behavior? or Frustration? Are you communicating your thoughts and ideas? (journaling counts) When you are happily excited, do you stay that way for a long time. Or do you only stay excited for a short while and then feel self conscious? Do you recognize what makes you excited? Is it a normal state of being or what are the circumstances?  Can you be happy when you are alone? Why? Are you only happy around others? What do others do for you? What do you do for others? Emotionally and Physically. How do you want to improve? Your reactions, your friendship skills, your happiness level, your living condition? How do you come into balance in these areas? How do you improve your self worth? How do you improve your situations you find yourself in? Family situations? Work situations? Love situations? Health situations? What will bring balance in these settings ? Give yourself workable solutions. All problems, all quandaries are fixable. You can find yourself in uncertain dilemmas and be unsure how to stabilize. Align, focus, mend, put in working order, and readjust your attitude and intentions. Being reasonable and tolerant of your drawbacks, gaining strength and betterment. Never give up, allow yourself to change and grow.
 
Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Author Unknown
 
Suggestions to raise your self esteem 
 
Stop putting yourself down
Get sober
Practice self-care
Stop trying to be invisible
Be receptive
Do not compare yourself to others
Stop being self-conscious
Find your passion
Communicate your feelings
Don’t get even, get excellent
All problems are fixable
Create solutions
Decide what is best for you
Be Assertive
Give up fear
Stop the drama, don’t over react
Self help support (articles,books, cd’s)
Recognize who supports you
Make goals

  

Ostara – Spring Equinox – March 21

Spring Equinox, Ostara, Eostre, Easter, Vernal Equinox

21st March

Spring Equinox marks the mid-point of the Waxing Year, the nights and days are balanced once again; the time when Kore, (Persephone) was believed to have returned from the Underworld where she had ruled throughout the Winter. The spark of light, born at Winter Solstice has reached maturity, and from here onwards, the days progressively grow longer than the nights. Western culture proclaims this the first day of Spring.

Older traditions called the Spring Equinox, Ostara; the time of the festivals of the Grecian Goddess, Eostre, and the Germanic Ostara, both fertility Goddesses of Dawn. These influenced the naming of the modern-day Easter Holiday. New greenery bursts forth from sleeping seeds in the countryside, as metaphorically, pagans also plant their own seeds for future goals, future projects and growth at this time.

Decorated eggs, being symbols of fertility are symbolic of Ostara. In days gone, Europeans gave gifts of decorated eggs to new brides, in the hope that they would bear many children. Similarly, bowls filled with eggs were given to farm workers by the farmer’s wife, to ensure a rich harvest. Most all cultures see the egg as a symbol of Life; the actual home of the Soul. In Russia, decorated eggs are still given as gifts to loved ones and buried in graves to ensure rebirth.

The women gathered the eggs only from hens which were around a rooster and decorated them, allowing no one to watch them work as they transferred the goodness of the household to the designs on the eggs, thus keeping evil away. Dyes were mixed to secret family recipes and special blessings placed on each egg.

The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s peak, with the powers of light increasing. The God of Light, (Llew), now gains victory over his twin, the God of Darkness. Llew was reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now old and strong enough to vanquish his rival twin and mate with his Mother Goddess. The great Mother Goddess, who returned to her Virgin aspect at Imbolc, welcomes the young Sun God’s attentions and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice, when the cycle closes, only to begin anew.

Here are some of the colours used on Ostara Eggs, and their meanings:

White:
Purity

Yellow:
Wisdom, a successful Harvest, or Spirituality

Green:
Spring, rebirth, wealth, youth, growth, happiness

Blue:
Good health, clear skies

Orange:
Power endurance, ambition,courage

Red:
Happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love

Brown:
Enrichment, good harvest, happiness

Purple:
Faith, trust, power

Pink:
Success, friendship, love

Black:
Remembrance

The custom of eating Hot Cross Buns also has pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honour of Eostre; ancient Greeks consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, and the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis.

There are conflicting ideas as to what the cross symbol represents. One suggestion is that it is a Christianisation of horn symbols that were stamped on cakes to represent an ox, which used to be sacrificed at the time of the Spring Equinox. Another theory relates to Moon worship; the bun representing the full Moon, and the cross, its four quarters. Christianity gave new meanings to the symbolism of the buns, saying the cross represented the Crucifixion Cross. Thus, superstitions arose crediting these buns as being charms against evil, so after Good Friday, people would save one or two of them to hang in their homes as amulets. During the festival season and indeed, for a long time afterwards, fishermen would carry these Easter buns in their boats, for protection.

The Easter Bunny is another symbol which has obvious links to fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life which is evident in Spring.

According to myth, Eostre was a playful Goddess whose reign over the earth began in Sring when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, bringing the end of Wnter. Eostre came down to Earth then, appearing as a beautiful maiden with a basket of bright colorful eggs. Eostre’s magical companion was a rabbit who accompanied her as she brought new life to dying plants and flowers by hiding the eggs in the fields.

Traditional Foods
Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers
Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense
Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone
Jasper

25*Pisces New Moon

25*Pisces New Moon
By Tara Sutphen

25* Pisces New Moon this month (no moon – the time of dreaming), culminating March 15, 2010. The Pisces new moon is about your connection with others on the deepest and darkest level. Where does fantasy or delusions about family, friends, lovers, or co-workers hamper with your need to be real and attain satisfaction in your every day life. Is there emotional pay offs in your mind. Do you have a deep mental state or are you skimming the surface trying to push away any real emotional attachments. Where do you begin and end, mentally and emotionally. Can you feel happiness anymore or is that a thing of the past. Is stress ruining your appreciation of other people around you. Do you take the “No” word to the extreme now and close off everything that could be a chance of communication with others or taking risks. It’s imperative to have good judgement over your life, especially your finances and safety, but changing gently is important for our growth. To find fulfillment and contentment is good for the soul. Easily we see the faults of others, how about our own faults. Are you receptive, excited and personally available. How have you closed down. Why aren’t you taking the ride of life. Where have you lost being friendly or cordial. Where have you lost romance. Where do lack happiness. You can have them everyday, they are ‘free’ commodities and advantages. No one can take them from you. You use to have the eyes of wonder. Everything around you was stimuli and sensation, why aren’t you experiencing that today. It’s time to open your eyes, ears and feelings once again. Take a deep breath and reactivate the lost parts of yourself. It will be worth it. Remember to not only dream and wish, you are here to LIVE.

Journal Questions:

Where am I lost in the deep murk of feelings? Did I stop to think that holding back my feelings for the benefit of pleasing others or focusing on others that don’t reciprocate my feelings, would cut off my flow of living a life I deserve to live? Did I trade drama and trauma for rich fulfilling friendships, co-working, family interests and love? Be specific on what you gain and what you feel is lost. What do I ignore in my love relationships? What do I ignore in family relationships? Do I communicate my needs? Do I whine about my needs, hoping that others will hear me? Do I close down and feel pressure to assert myself or my desires? Who makes me feel guilty? What makes me feel guilty? What can I do to bring back my sense of balance? To bring peace into my life? To bring a sense of fun to my life? What do I do for fun? Why don’t I do for fun anymore? If it’s not good for you, how can you modify the fun? Are you addicted to over reaction and drama? Do you not feel loved or wanted if there is not drama? Where have you made painful mistakes? In Love? In Family relationships? In Co working peacefully and easy competitiveness? In friendship? You must come back to what you need in life to create security, real happiness, contentment and fulfillment. It’s not about how others treat or treated you, its how you react when people around you overreact or sometimes underreact. Maybe in your mind you relive what you should’ve said or wanted to act out. Or regret that you freeze, panic, or become outraged in intense situations. Where are you staying stuck in that emotion though deep within and not moving on to a next stage. It’s a part of life to experience ups and downs, learn to communicate openly with yourself. Time to be honest what is a fantasy, what is a delusion. How can I move myself into participating fully in my life. Write down 16 suggestions on how I can recreate my perspective about others. Even if they’ve gone on. Write down what your life looks like in 5 years. Family relationships, Love relationships, friends, job, co-working, how you would serve others, how they would serve you. Where do you live, what does your house look like, what car do you drive, where is your health and self esteem, how much money do you make, what spiritual practice and recreation do you do. The perfect life for you……..