Archive for March, 2012

Happy Spring – March 21

Happy Spring — 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

Full Fish Moon

Full Fish Moon
By Tara Sutphen

Full Fish Moon (Colonial American) at 18* Virgo will culminate March 08, 2012 1:40am pst/ 4:40am est (almanac).

This Full Fish Moon is about looking deeper within our inate nature, the psyche, one’s motives and justification. Some people make life look effortless, all their affairs perfectly handled, taking care of their minds and bodies with ease. Is it an illusion or reality. Everyone has their own set of problems and burdens, what may look like an easy life may be a wild toad ride. But it’s not about them, it’s about you. You are not to find yourself in chaos and confusion, eluding love or love eluding you, being disgruntled with people or money being an inconvenience. Everyone has down trodden moments and thoughts from time to time, but roused or revived people look within to see what is needed to create a smooth daily life, fixing and maintaining the wayward moments. It’s only takes a few minutes to stop and calm down and look like we’re having an effortless life too.

You are good at many things and you should write those down. The simplest tasks sometimes are the greatest. Such as being a good listener or knowing when to give hugs and/or sentiments. You know who has mattered and why they matter. It usually doesn’t involve money. There is a knowing, and if we can stay clear of needing to repeat our mistakes we can take steps toward growth. Understanding doesn’t sometime come overnight, but it does eventually sink in. How do we change. There can be clarification when wrestling with intellectual concepts, and an ability to use knowledge and resourcefulness to actualize speech and forward movement. I don’t know if that is something we learn at an early age, as many are confused at what steps truly accomplish ones goals. We know that we can become aware and stay in the know-how. The mind blending thoughts into ideas, starting, continuance, triumph, then moving toward a conclusion sooner or later.

Journal Questions:

Would making a list of what you don’t want be easier than making a list of likes.
• Write 10 things you like
• Write 10 thinks you don’t like
• Write 10 things you like about yourself
• Write 10 things you don’t like about yourself
• Write 5 secrets you like about yourself
• Write 5 secrets you don’t like about yourself
• Write 5 secret desires
• Write 5 secret day dreams
• Write 5 secret crushes
• Write 5 secrets you want to discuss with only yourself

What do you require.
• Write 10 requirements
Have you been asking too much of yourself.
• Why, write 2 paragraphs on this

Are you fighting every aspect of your life and nothing seems to get better
• What kind of solutions do you need to introduce
• into your routine
• choices of people
Are you in Savior or Victim consciousness
• 2 paragraphs on Savior mode
• 2 paragraphs on Victim mode
• How are you a victim
• How are others around you victims
• How are you a savior
• How are others around you saviors
• How can you solve this
Do you complain more than solve the issues.
• explain
What is deep in your mind
• explain

Are you aware what you could be creating for yourself, good or bad. Our world is supreme and omni-potent, we must be a part of the energy, matchless and not fighting the natural course. There is fine line between illusion and disillusion, so we must stay with our plans, hopes and dreams emerging strong from any adversity.

“Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.” ~Vince Poscente – Olympic Champion

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Standing Before The Moon Ritual
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Standing Before
The Moon Ritual Meditation & Sleep Programming
Although you would ideally do this meditation outTrack beneath the full moon, you can also experience it by imagining the moon and four directions as you are surrounded with magical energy … a rainbow of light. In the Goddess’ name, you open to the light. You can actually stand up and raise your palms to the sky or imagine this process of being energized and rejuvenated. Facing North you ask for solutions to your problems and experience many blessings. Facing East you seek solutions and prosperity while trusting yourself to make the right choices. Following many blessings, you turn to the South and ask for increased self-esteem and harmonious relationships with the people in your life. After the blessings, you turn to the West to face your destiny and ultimate potentials. Open your mind and release your courage. The ritual ends with the moon as your guiding light on the shadowed path. It illuminates your dreams as you walk steadfast and proceed on your earthly journey with an open heart. Track 2: A beautiful sleep programming version of the ritual. Listen as your cross over into sleep and explore the four directions into your dreams.
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