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March, 2019

Meet the Gods: Jarilo

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Merry
meet.

While
Ostara (also called Eostre and Eastre) is the Germanic goddess of
spring and dawn, there appears to be no equivalent Germanic god of
spring. There is, however, a handsome, young Slavic god of spring and
fertility – Jarilo. He was born on the night of the Slavic new
year and was the tenth son of Perun, the god of thunder.

Veles,
the Slavic god of the Underworld, kidnapped Jarilo from his cradle.
As a result, winter overtook the land. Vegetation died and fertility
was suspended. Jarilo escaped, arriving home in spring at which time
flowers bloomed, birds sang and fertility festivals (some called them
orgies) were held.

Each
year the cycle of death and rebirth repeats, much like it does with
the goddess Persephone. Each spring Jarilo returns on a white horse,
celebrating the sun’s resurrection, so he was also considered a sun
god. He was the god of vegetation, too, because he enabled crops to
grow, protecting and defending them from natural disasters.

According
to the website Meet the Slavs, “People used flowers, branches,
leaves to adorn houses and barns. The wreaths were also made and
thrown into the river or stream. Slavs sacrificed cattle to Jarilo,
usually a ram or a goat. The priests sometimes sacrificed deer whose
head was placed in front of the statue of God. When there existed
threat of drought, rituals devoted to Jarilo included entire nation,
so whole community prayed to God for rain.”

Also
known as Gerovit, Jared and Rudjevid, he would protect the weak and
helpless as a god of war. According to the same source, he demanded
peace and harmony, and carried an olive branch in one hand and a
sword in the other, but used “only in cases when difficulties could
not be solved in other ways.”

Besides
temples, Jarilo’s places were rivers, forests and cemeteries.

The
month with which he is associated began March 21, when the sun
entered the sign of Aries. For that reason, a ram was often
sacrificed in his honor on the equinox.

As he returned to the world in the spring, according to theonetruejustice.wordpress.com, “by happenstance the lady he met was his own twin sister Marzanna (Morana), the goddess of nature, winter, and decay. Incestual relationship was a really popular thing for gods back in the day, so they soon fell in love and got married on the evening of the summer solstice.”

As
that story goes, when she found out her brother/husband was
unfaithful, she gathered the gods and together they murder Jarilo,
dismembering him in a ritualistic sacrifice and forcing him back into
the underworld. Marzanna becomes heartbroken and cruel. The cycle of
death and rebirth allows Jarilo to meet, marry, and be dismembered by
his sister year after year.

This
Ostara, if you wish to call a god into your circle, Jarilo is one
option. You could try putting an olive branch and a sword on your
altar. You might also use a symbol of Aries or a ram, branches,
flowers and other signs of spring.

If
you would like a goddess from the same pantheon for your sabbat, get
to know Kostroma, the East Slavic goddess of fertility and
fruitfulness. In mythology, she was the one that provides fertility
and abundance of land, invoked every spring through various rituals.
Kostroma brings those born on this day a special talent in writing
and speaking. Kostroma is also the goddess of signs and coincidences,
according to “The World of Ancient Gods – Slavic Goddesses” on
Meet the Slavs’ website.

Merry
part. And merry meet again.

***

About
the Author:

Lynn
Woike
 was
50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before
she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She
draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her
Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae,
Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling
from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses
Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making
her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the
work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with
her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can
follow her boards on Pinterest,
and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

3 Pagans and a Cat Month Feature

March, 2019

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family
members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to
discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and
mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

***

Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

February 2019 Episodes

Episode 30: Storytelling – Shenanigans: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit around the mic to tell each other stories from their respective mythological backgrounds, including: The Murder Harp, Finn McCool Eats a Fish, Why You Shouldn’t Swan and Chill, Pan Pipes Are Forensic Evidence, That One Time Thor Went Fishing, and How Asgard Got A Wall (and a Bonus Horse).

Episode 31: First Steps – Shadow Work: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the psychological concept of the Shadow, how it is born and manifests, what Shadow Work is, why you might want to do it, and how to go about the process.

This Month’s Podcast Shares from their Backlog

Episode 7: Wheel of the Year – Ostara: In the second of a series of Pagan Holiday Specials, Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss Ostara, the limits of historical Eostre, and the practices of modern celebration.

Episode 10: Building Your book – Correspondences: Car, Gwyn, and Ode continue the Building Your book series by talking about correspondences: what they are, how they work, and ways in which you might include them in your book.

Where
Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

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Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

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***

About the Author:

Jennifer
Wright
is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She
founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to
share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things
to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.

Gaia’s Mantle: The Greening of the Earth

March, 2019

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As
Spring approaches and we find ourselves at another turn of the Great
Wheel, opportunity abounds for making deeper connection to the
natural world and Gaia’s greening of it. Gaia is seen as the maiden
offering the promise of new life in a womb that is still developing
and preparing for what will be birthed in full glory as the summer
approaches and the peak of all living things is held in father sun’s
gentle hold. It is Her sweet breath that breathes life into what lay
in wait to be birthed and it is Her gentle hand that guides the
process of renewal.

This time of reaffirming fertility and
its progeny of new life marks the Spring Equinox. What was weighted
more heavily at the time of the Solstice has now achieved a certain
state of balance and equilibrium, before it seesaws once again
towards one polarity’s weight. As we look around at our earthly
world we can marvel at the cyclical nature of new life, maturity and
the eventual harvesting and clearing which renders the ground fallow
as quickening awaits its rhythmic cue. We have emerged from Winter’s
hold of stillness and illusory death and now stand at the time of
balance and the drawing together of what was and what will be in an
organized and synthesized manner so that the promise of newly created
life may flourish.

Visually, Spring is the time of donning
new color, shape and form. Gaia offers up the splendor of her
multi-colored cloak as all manner of life bursts forth in texture and
hue. The energy of this palette enlivens our being and the call to
warmer air and out of doors activities entices even the most
reluctant homebody. As life blooms all around you, how will you
answer the call to take up the robes of nature’s finery? Where will
you invest your energy in renewing what has lain dormant awaiting the
gentle push of Gaia’s hand? Will you dare to step into the mantle
of the Goddess that she has lovingly crafted for you and claim your
place as co-creator in the greening of the world?

I invite
you to take a journey with me as the Wheel turns…

Gaia’s
Mantle Pathworking:

Take a deep breath inhaling and
allow the rhythm of your breathing to establish a gentle and regular
pace. As you deepen into this relaxed state you shift your awareness
to your inner screen. As you sit as observer you see a veil of pale
violet mist form in front of you and as it parts you see yourself
sleeping peacefully as the energy of the space builds around you. As
you turn greater awareness to this sleeping image of yourself you
merge to become one with it and are now the active participant. You
awaken to find yourself in the middle of a dense and green forest
just prior to dawn. You stretch and extend, feeling the cobwebs of
restriction opening and giving way. The potent smell of earth fills
your nostrils and the soaking heaviness of moisture fills your being
as you drink thirstily.

You sense that it is dawn and
sunlight filters through tree branches in slender slivers of thread
as beads of dew sparkle like small diamonds strung upon the finest
silk. You sit up and pull yourself up to standing, again stretching
and reaching upwards with breath coming in long deep inhales and
exhales. You take a few steps forward and the soft ground below gives
ever so slightly under weight of your foot. Your senses are keen and
alert and it seems that you can feel every granule of dirt and leave
and stone underfoot, despite the padded soles of your shoes. As you
move forward, the light grows brighter with each step and you find
yourself in a clearing. The ground is still covered in a light bed of
thin mossy green and patches of dried grass and you know that this
field will be full of flowers and butterflies in just a few weeks.
This image flashes quickly before you and then returns to the space
of fertile ground that will soon peak. 

You close
your eyes for a moment and feel the last nip of winter’s cold air
pass over you, quickly followed by a warm breeze that is light and
airy. You open your eyes and see a few yards ahead of you the form of
what appears to be a young girl. The sun is directly behind her and
flashes brightly in your eyes, making clear definition difficult. You
see that she is approaching you and you take a few steps forward in
greeting to meet her.

As you move closer, you now have the
impression that this form is not what you thought. There is
resemblance to human form, but the energy and lightness of its
quality seem otherworldly. As you move closer still you can now
discern that this shape of a young woman is the movement and gentle
breeze of seed, earth, and leafy grass moving and swirling. You stop
and your eyes follow the path of this unusual sight. Every area of
the field it touches responds with the bursting forth of small shoots
of flower and fragrant grass. Every area it passes over transforms
into haven and home for bee, blossom and butterfly. The fragrant
breath of tiny buds wafts delicately in the air and the gentle shape
of this breezy maiden of flora moves with focus and precision.

You
close your eyes and simply rest in this energy of renewal and growth.
You feel a gust of wind surround around and know that this maiden of
Spring is now enfolding you in her transformative embrace. You feel
the movement of her gentle breath clearing away the debris of what
has lingered too long and is not of your best interest. You smell the
fragrant and fertile earth of planting that is awakening the seeds of
potential within you. And, you feel the weight of her cloak of
greening as it presses against your skin reminding you that you too
are part of this cycle of new growth. 

You open your
eyes and look down at the beauty of the mantle she has placed about
you. Tiny leaf and budding flower are woven into a tapestry of vine
and slender root. The smell of new verdant life is intoxication and
you revel in the finery that Gaia has gifted you with. You feel the
gentle kiss of a butterfly’s wing, fresh from the slumber of its
cocoon and you know that another turn of the sacred wheel has been
rendered. You take a deep breath in, filling your lungs with the
freshness of a Spring day’s promise and as you exhale, the cloak
falls away and you are once again standing in the open clearing that
has yet to be birthed from Spring’s womb. 

You sigh
into a deep exhale, knowing that the greening will occur as it has
every cycle and that you will be active participant in welcoming the
warming tides. A single stream of air encircles you and you know this
is the blessing of Gaia and the promise of her transformative magick.
As these thoughts flood through you, a violet mist forms around you
and the landscape gently fades from your sight. You become aware once
again of your inner screen and pull that awareness back into the
sensations of your physical state. Each breath of inhalation draws
the energy of the space in which you are sitting back to your
conscious awareness. And, each exhalation brings focus back to the
gentle and easy rhythm of your breath. Continue in this manner for
several more breaths, and when you are ready, gently flutter your
eyes open and be fully present and enlivened by Gaia’s
Mantle.

Blessed Be!

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Spring’s Awakening

March, 2019

The sweet song of the birds
calls me from my winter’s sleep
announcing that Spring has arrived.

I stretch and wipe the remnants of sleep
from slowly focusing eyes.

Sunlight streams though spider silk curtains of gauzy
lightness and a soft and gentle breeze
carries the scent of newly awakened earth.

I stand from my soft bed of moss and greenery
the earth below my feet moist with fairy kissed dew
a leafy canopy of roof that shelters over head
filters early morning sunlight like shards
of the finest crystalline prism.

All of nature surrounds me
The call to Spring heard
in the deep roots that
meander through
loamy earth.

I lift my face upwards
towards sun drenched sky
and breathe in the
essence of newness.

Quickened life fills my being
and in harmony with
the eternal cycle
I am clothed
in the fabric
of Gaia’s Spring cloak.

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
on
Instagram & Facebook.

Review of Ritual Bath Salt by Nuit Apothecary on Etsy

January, 2019

Ostara
Ritual Bath Salts

by
Nuit
Apothecary

on Etsy

I
received Ostara Ritual Bath Salts by Nuit Apothecary. It came nicely
packaged in a black bag, with a pretty
label explaining what it was.

It’s made with Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, prairie lily, red clover and essential oils.

As
someone who adores taking hot baths, I was looking forward to trying
this salt out. I
ran the tub and sprinkled some in.

It
had a nice scent and the salts dissolved well
in the hot water. There were plenty of herbs floating around in the
tub. The scent was not as strong as I would have liked and
what was there, dissipated fairly quickly.

Also,
as someone who owns a home with a septic tank, there was an
over-abundance of herbs and I had to be very careful when letting the
water out so that I could catch most of the herbs before they went
down the drain.

***

I
emailed Nuit with some questions about herself, her practice and her
process, why she decided to start making products for the public
instead of just for her own use, and if she found the birch and
driftwood she uses or if
it were local sourced, as well as if she grew her own herbs. Her
response is as follows:

I’m
Nuit, the owner of
Nuit
Apothecary
,
a solitary, eclectic witch. I consider myself a very private,
solitary person and I
ve
been practicing witchcraft my entire life. The opening of my online
Etsy store in 2017 gave me the opportunity to help people and share
my knowledge. I make all my products myself by using only high
quality ingredients: organic herbs, essential oils, soy and beeswax.
The readers can find me on Etsy:
www.nuitapothecary.etsy.com
or on instagram: lunaenchantress.”

***

About
the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis on Amazon

Affairs of the Pagan Heart

April, 2018

Ostara and Eggs

Eggs are an old symbol of new life. With fertilization, care and time, something new comes to life, and what a great opportunity it is to view a wedding as something new. A marriage is born!

The most opulent display for an Ostara wedding ceremony or reception is to make or commission a Fabergé wedding egg. It is a lot of fun to make one yourself, and a great exercise for you and your partner any time, not just at Ostara or Easter.

What you’ll need:

  • eggs (raw); white are best to get the colouring you desire

  • food colouring and jars

  • pencil with a straight pin stuck into the eraser end

  • wax candle

  • paper towels

  • some patience and a bit of creativity

Method:

Choose the colours you want to add to your egg and prepare the dye water. Remember combinations like blue and yellow make green, so you don’t need to prepare a mix of green dye. Are there colours that represent your partnership or colours you want to use at your wedding? Have these ready for a later step.

Select a design. This is where you can get really creative and it forms the basis of the end result. What patterns or symbols do you want to use to represent your union? Maybe you have a symbol or word that you want to include that has meaning to your relationship. Draw it out in pencil on paper first if you’re an inexperienced doodler, then draw it on the egg when you’re ready.

Stick the pin in the end of the pencil and dip the pin head in some melted wax. Trace what you’ve drawn in pencil, and this is where you can be really creative.

When you’re satisfied covering one layer with wax, carefully lower the egg into the dye water for about 15-20 seconds. If it’s not the intensity you want, put it back in the dye water. It could take 10 minutes or more. Then trace some more wax as another layer and lower the egg in another colour for another 15 seconds to see the colours blend and mix. The spots where there is wax won’t get dyed, so keep that in mind when planning your layers and colour combinations.

Remove the egg from the dye water with a spoon between each layer and carefully pat it dry with a clean paper towel.

Removing the wax is a difficult task but is also satisfying to see how it all comes together. Carefully hold the egg near (but not directly over) the candle flame, just close enough to melt the wax that you can carefully wipe off with a clean paper towel. You’ll do this several times as you move the egg around to get all the wax off.

You’re done at this point, and your egg is beautiful. Or maybe you want to repeat the steps to add some more. The choice is yours!

For more in-depth descriptions of these steps and a wide variety of tips and tricks, visit http://www.instructables.com/id/Pysanky-Ukrainian-Egg-Dying

Be sure to poke a small hole in both ends of the egg when you’re done and blow out the contents. It would be bad enough if your egg cracked or smashed, but the smell of the rotting contents would make the situation even worse. However, once a hole is poked, you can add a thin ribbon to it and make it an ornament, an activity you could also do for Yule or other sabbats.

***

About the Author:

Rev. Rachel U Young is a pagan based in Toronto, Canada. She is a licensed Wedding Officiant and under the name NamasteFreund she makes handfasting cords and other ceremonial accessories.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

March, 2018

Egg Spells

Merry meet.

Eggs are one of Ostara’s most prevalent associations. Like all seeds, it contains the promise of a new life. It is a potent symbol of fertility because it contains the power to become something: a chicken, a turtle, a bird, a fish. Eggs are a symbol of abundance, prosperity and the rebirth of nature. In some traditions, the entire universe is portrayed as an egg. That makes them very magickal.

At Ostara, the Wheel of the Year is perfectly balanced. Day and night are of equal length. Masculine and feminine, inner and outer, dark and light are also balanced as the world begins to come alive. Imbolc’s whispered hopes become Ostara’s actions. At this moment, the light defeats the dark. The power is expansive and exuberant.

To harness Ostara energy in a spell, let an egg be the seed that will bring forth your desires. Inscribe it with symbols, pictures or words for abundance, joy, healing, strength, security, laughter or whatever you can imagine and feel yourself possessing. Consider dying the egg in a corresponding color, such as green for abundance, fertility, or eco-magic; and red for will, strength, passion or purification. Yellow corresponds with laughter, thought, travel, communication, happiness, freedom and beginnings; while blue can be used for healing, compassion, love and dreams.

As you decorate the egg, infuse it with the feeling of already having these qualities, of having reached the goal or of having had the wishes come true. Clear your mind and hold the egg as you continue to add your energy to it with breath, song, dance or words, focusing on your desires and their place in your life.

Then, on Ostara night, bury it, perhaps in a garden, as an offering to Mother Earth, and know that as it transforms and feeds the earth, it feeds and transforms what you wish to manifest.

You can also use an egg as a spell bottle of sorts.

First, make holes at both ends of the egg and blow the contents into a small container to be used for recipes. Rinse out the empty shell and let it dry.

Write your spell on a piece of paper small enough that you can roll it up and slip it into the hole at one end of the egg. You might want to include symbols, anoint it with an oil related to your desires and perhaps include corresponding botanicals before rolling it up.

Once it is inside, seal the holes by dripping melted candle wax on them.

Place the egg at the base of a special tree and ask it to guard your workings, adding its strength to yours.

If you have other spells involving eggs, please share on our Facebook page so that we all might benefit from your experience.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

***

About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Ostara Correspondences

March, 2017

Spring Equinox (March 20-22 in Northern Hemisphere)

 

Ostara

 

(Oh-star-ah) – Lesser Sabbat – Spring/Vernal Equinox, March 20-21st – when the Sun enters Ares

Other Names: Ostre, Oestre, Eostre, Rites of Spring, Eostra’s Day, Lady Day, First Day of Spring, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Alban Eiler, Bacchanalia, Mean Earraigh, Pasch, Caisg, Pess

Date: Spring Equinox (March 20-22 in Northern Hemisphere) or when the Sun is 1 degree Aries.

Symbolism: The beginning of spring, new life and rebirth, the God and Goddess in Their youth, balance, fertility

Goddesses: all love, virgin, and fertility Goddesses; Anna Perenna (Roman), Aphrodite (Greek), Astarte (Canaanite, Persia, GrecoRoman), Athena (Greek), Cybele (Greco-Roman), Blodeuwedd, Eostre (Saxon Goddess of Fertility), Flidais (Irish), Gaia (Greek), Hera, Ishtar (Assyro-Babylonian), Isis (Egyptian), Libera (Roman), Minerva (Roman), The Muses (Greek), Persephone (Greek), Renpet (Egyptian), Venus (Roman), Ostara (the German Goddess of Fertility), Kore, Maiden, Isis, Youthful Goddesses. Faerie Queen, Lady of the Lake(Welsh-Cornish), the Green Goddess

Gods: all love, song & dance, and fertility Gods; Adonis (Greek), Attis (Greco-Roman), Cernunnos (Celtic), The Great Horned God (European), Liber (Roman), Mars (Roman), Mithras (Persian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Thoth, Pan (Greek), the Green Man, Hare, Youthful Gods, Warrior Gods, Taliesin, Lord of the Greenwood (English), Dagda(Irish),Adonis (Greek)

Symbols: Eggs, rabbits, similar to easter symbols.

Purpose: Plant and animal fertility, sowing

Meaning: The God comes of age, sexual union of the Lord & Lady, sprouting, greening, balance of light and dark

Essence: Strength, birthing, completion, power, love, sexuality, embodiment of spirit, fertility, opening, beginning

Customs: Wearing green, new clothes, celtic bird festival, egg baskets coloring eggs, collecting birds eggs, bird watching, egg hunts, starting new projects, spring planting

Foods: Hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, fresh seasonal fruits, milk punch, leafy green vegetables, dairy foods, apples, nuts, flower dishes, sprouts, fish, maple sugar candies, hot cross buns, sweet breads, milk, punch, egg drinks

Plants & Herbs: Acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, Easter lily, Irish Moss, ginger, hyssop, linden, strawberry, gorse, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, jonquils, narcissus, olive, peony, rose, tansy, violets, woodruff and all spring flowers

Incense and oils: African violet, jasmine, rose, strawberry, lotus, magnolia, ginger, sage lavender, narcissus, broom

Colors: Light green, lemon yellow, pale pink, pastels, gold, grass green, robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow.

Stones: Amethyst, aquamarine, rose quartz, moonstone, bloodstone, red jasper

Animals and Mythical Beasts: Rabbits/Easter bunny, snakes, pegasus, unicorns, chicks, swallows, merpeople

Decorations: Daffodils, tulips, violet, iris, narcissus, any spring flowers, eggs, butterflies, cocoons

Spell/Ritual Work: Garden/plant blessings, seed blessing, spellcrafting, balance, growth, communication, invention, new growth, new projects

Planetary Ruler: Mars

Element: Air

Gender: Male

Threshold: Dawn

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

April, 2015

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Ostara/Eostre

Ostara is the Goddess of Spring and of the Dawn. Her name, which in German, means “movement toward the rising sun”, is also used by some for the Spring Equinox.

Legend has it that Ostara found an injured bird. In order to save its’ life, she transformed it into a rabbit. The transformation was successful in that the rabbit survived, but it was not quite complete, as this rabbit could lay eggs as if it were still a bird. In gratitude, the rabbit would decorate its’ eggs and leave them for the Goddess.

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In Anglo-Saxon, her name is Eostre or Eastre. Her name has lived on in the holiday of Easter, another Spring holiday, which is also about resurrection and rebirth, if not of the Earth, but of hope and renewal. In this way, the Goddess Ostara is celebrated from the Spring Equinox until Easter.

This Goddess is about the returning light and warmth; and the Earths abundance as it is reawakened and reborn. Eggs, rabbits, flowers – all symbols of fertility – all first signs of spring – are sacred to Her.

Ostara’s symbols also became the symbols of Easter, which came much later.

Rituals to Ostara would include seeds, what you wish to grow and sow; planting a garden; coloring eggs and leaving them outside for the animals who are coming out of hibernation; taking a mindful walk, noticing the Earth as she begins to come out of her slumber, breathing in the freshness of the air, listening to the songs of the birds and the buzz of insects, feeling the sunshine.

May you all be blessed by Ostara this Spring!

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SpellCrafting: Spells and Rituals

March, 2015

Fertilizing an Egg

Merry meet!

Eggs are a major theme for Ostara. They represent rebirth, fertility and spring. This spell will fertilize an egg with your intention that then can be placed on your altar, buried or hidden in nature as a gift to the God/dess.

Write your desire, wish or intent on a piece of paper and roll it up tightly. Inflate a small balloon, insert the paper and tie off the balloon.

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reprinted with permission from Amy Anderson from her blog

With a sponge brush, apply Mod Podge to the balloon. Tie one end of a ball of yarn or string to the knot of the ballon, then wrap the balloon, turning as you do, so that the string encircles the ballon from all angles. Dab a generous amount of Mod Podge over the string, soaking it well.

Let the string dry for 24 hours. Pop the balloon and remove the pieces. You will be left holding a string egg containing your intention. Know that that egg contains all the nutrients and ingredients necessary for that desire to manifest. Feel what it feels like to have attained that desire. When you look at the egg, enhance its energy by re-experiencing that feeling.

A similar spell would be appropriate for new moons as well.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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