Archive for March, 2014

Happy Spring Equinox


Spring Equinox, Ostara, Eostre, Easter, Vernal Equinox

By Tara Sutphen

  • 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.

    Colors of Ostara Eggs:

  • 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

Lore:

  • The custom of eating Hot Cross Buns also has pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honor 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 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.
  • The Easter Bunny is another symbol which has obvious links to fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life which is evident in Spring.
  • Eostre was a playful Goddess whose reign over the earth began in Spring when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, bringing the end of Winter. 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

  • Dairy foods
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Nuts such as Pumpkin
  • Sunflower
  • Pine
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Flower Dishes
  • SproutsHerbs and Flowers
  • Jonquils
  • daffodils
  • Woodruff
  • Violet
  • Gorse
  • Olive
  • Peony
  • Iris,
  • Narcissus
  • spring flowers.Incense
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Strawberry
  • FloralsSacred Gemstone
  • Jasper

Recipes:

Hot Cross Buns

1/4 cup apple juice, beer or rum

1 cup raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries

1 1/4 cups milk

3 large eggs, 1 separated

6 tablespoons soft butter

2 teaspoons instant yeast

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Glaze:

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon milk

Frosting:

1 cup & 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

4 teaspoons milk

oven 375*

20 mins

Beer Bread

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package active dry yeast

1 cup beer or apple juice

1 tablespoon butter

2 1/2 tablespoon honey

1 egg

9×5 Bread Pan

Dry Ingredients

Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast

Beer or Apple juice and other ingredients

warm the beer/ingredients on the stove.

Add egg last – cover & let raise 30 mins.

Kneed on flour surface, cover & let raise another 20 mins

Grease pan: place in pan, cover & let “another” 20 mins

Oven 375*

30-35 mins

Lavender Goat Cheese Figs

6-10 figs

2 tablespoons cream cheese

1/4 cup goat cheese

1/4 teaspoon dried lavender

1/2 tablespoons honey

cut figs in half, spoon in cheese/lavender mixture

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Happy Full Fish Moon


 

Full Fish Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Fish Moon (Colonial) at 26* Virgo will culminate March 16, 2014 10:08pm PST/1:08pm EST (Farmers Almanac).

This Full Fish Moon in Virgo is an elucidated gift. We have reward emissions with this full moon instead of only pointing out our human stumbling. As the moon approaches fullness we are to be in a cosmic adjustment mode. Breathe in deeply, be playful, turn up your music, and sing along. We are to turn up our “joie de vivre”. Simple pleasures are one of the keys to release stress. Liberate worries! Make yourself laugh.

Think of all the joy we lose when trapped by a swirling mind. It’s time to dance and sing and let loose. Realistically you might not be able to cast all your problems to the wind, but stop over analyzing. We are not to render ourselves mindless. We are not to numb ourselves with intoxicants or adverse behavior. We can be overwrought by demands. You may be distressed by society or others expectations, which can lead to depression. Don’t allow the feeling of helplessness. We have control of our thoughts and reactions. There is a time and a place for problems to be rectified, and waiting until the right and necessary time can serve you. Hasty remarks or actions lead to problems and ill-will. Our parents, teachers and authority figures instilled in us mixed messages. Our society would have us think our lives are about material goods. Be wise in the decisions regarding you and yours, on earth we are only here to thrive. We must remind ourselves to think clearly. You entered life to live…really live. You are on the earth to create good decisions, opportunity in actions and meaningful feelings. It’s about confidence. It’s about sincerity. It’s about holding strong to love. It’s about building a foundation to comfort the spirit, intellect, emotions and physical well-being. Simply make a commitment at reducing your anxiety levels and learning to love your life again. It starts with only a choice…

 

Journal Questions:

What makes you feel joyful

  • Why
  • What is your dream

Have you lost your patience

  • Blame yourself
  • Blame others
  • Feel discouraged
  • How can you heal

Depressed

  • What about
  • Where is your self-worth
  • Are you having negative feelings
  • How can you heal

Suspicion

  • Where did you lose your trust
  • Where have you become dependent
  • Who or what are you relying too much
  • How can you learn to trust and heal

Liability

  • Are you resisting responsibility
  • Are you reliable
  • Are you conscientious
  • Are you being used by others or work
  • Are you feeling worthy
  • How do you help others
  • How do you help yourself
  • How do you heal

     

 

Do you feel as though you are failing at life’s lessons

  • Why
  • Do you have to justify
  • Do you have to defend
  • Do you have to explain
  • How do you heal

Are you leading a double life

  • why
  • how
  • love
  • money
  • job
  • weight
  • success
  • happiness
  • place

Do you include your significant other

  • In your hobbies
  • Are they constructive
  • Are they destructive
  • How do you heal

Are you living your dream

  • Why
  • What is your dream

Are you living your nightmare

  • Why
  • What is your nightmare

Are you fun

  • are you an adrenaline junkie
  • are you controlling
  • are you mad all the time
  • are you sad all the time
  • are you too happy all the time
  • are you careless
  • are you reckless
  • are you into over sensation
  • are you into overt behavior
  • are you into altercations
  • are you boisterous
  • are you overly excited
  • are you meek
  • are you over eating
  • are you over stimulated
  • are you lacking concentration
  • are you fearful
  • are you confused
  • do you talk too much
  • are you too silent
  • are you unbalanced
  • How do you heal

    write about why

Having a Pleasurable Life

  • If unhappy, how can you change this
  • Give yourself ideas
  • Speak up, be friendly, support groups, hobby groups, meet ups
  • Alone time for hobbies and reading
  • Explain who you really are – recognition of “the real you”

How to have fun

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

     

How to find trust

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

What do you want

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

 

Be insightful. Be the person you long to be. Bring joy and light into your life. Others can’t bring you happiness, all decisions are yours to make. Don’t allow for disappointment. Rediscover your potentials. Gratefulness goes a long way to creating harmony. An effortless hi to yourself in the mirror might put you on the right track for the day. Of course you have to say hi with sincerity. This is an exercise and should be done easily without a negative response. We see uptight often, so seek to be conscious and motivated. Not everyone in your sphere will follow your lead into harmony. How to mend our earthly woes is “trust and joy”, these are all the tools needed.

“The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.”~Thucydides (Ancient Greek Historian & Author, 460-404bc)

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Meditation By Tara Sutphen

“Zing”  — a Magic entering the Mind … Ideas form into thoughts and daydreams.

Muses spark the creative process and stimulate one’s endeavors into fitting ventures. Overcome your obstructions, whether lacking confidence or intangible concepts. Sometimes we can get lost in indefinable and elusive development. In Greek Mythology the Muses gave inspiration to everyone and granted wishes. They have encouraged artists since antiquity, acknowledged for their importance in resourceful innovation and formation.

In this meditation each Muse will grant you her gift, guiding you toward greater resourcefulness and motivation. The Muses inspire inception to the completion of an urge, starting projects from outset to finish. Search for variety of the inner you and your talents, bring your childhood desires into reality. Have you been struggling and need extra support? Let the Muses encourage you in the direction of a greater fate. 30 Minutes.

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