Open Circle for Ostara on Friday 3/24 at 7pm.
Yesterday was a long, steady slog of a day. We had a lot to do, but there’s lots more to be done, yet. Tempus finally got some business cards cut. I whittled down piles in the office space. He whittled them down in back. At around 4:30 we switched gears, getting set up to do the workshop batch of cheese. It didn’t work quite as well as I would have hoped, since the yield was small, less than 1 cup from a gallon of milk. <shrug> We’ve got a good chowder base, anyway. ….and the cheese came out moldable. I might be able to put pictures in tomorrow, or maybe Sunday, when I unmold it.
Amy came in for Sewing after that, while Tempus went back to sorting dishes and cooking utensils now that they’re clean. We got some supper and he took me back to the apartment around 9pm and took off for his paper route, getting in around 5:30. He said that the water had gone down where he drowned the car last fall, but he crawled through there, making sure! ….and 5 inches of rain in two days he was being careful, although it was dry until just before he got home. I slept for awhile, then got up and worked on various chores, then went back to bed, but I’m still a little groggy this morning.
I was out in the light rain, working on herbs for a bit. I mostly weeded, but harvested some more chickweed out of the carrot bed. I have to get pictures of the cheese as I unmold it today, and then pack for tomorrow. There won’t be any Herbs Workshop in the morning, since I’m leaving around 7:30 for an event in Corvallis. Tempus is going to be unloading and then re-packing the car (Stella is going to drive our car) while I pack indoors. I’m hoping to get some time to do up a few more kits, too. Well, we’ll see.
…and I just got some sad news. Trisha, who has taught at Ancient Light off and on since we opened, Crossed in the last few days. The Duckmeister ran in to tell us.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/20 at 8:31am
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It lies between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Dim it may be, but Cancer holds something unique: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows dimly to the naked eye if you have little or no light pollution. With binoculars, it’s a snap even from fairly polluted areas. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux in Gemini to Regulus in Leo.
Algol is at minimum light for about two hours centered on 9:14 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Neptune is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 17 High 4:02 AM 7.4 7:24 AM Set 10:13 AM 83
~ 17 Low 10:41 AM 1.0 7:25 PM
~ 17 High 4:49 PM 6.2
~ 17 Low 10:34 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.
~ When it comes to luck, you make your own. – Bruce Springsteen
~ When men meet foes in fight, better is stout heart than sharp sword. – Volsunga Saga, c.19
~ Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
~ You become that to which you are most exposed. – Denis Waitley
Saturday I think was the most dismal, awful day that could be imagined. All the shops were closed, and every place of business. No papers published. Nothing but church bells to be heard for the memorial services. Not a scrap of colour to be seen anywhere, and even the weather seemed to be in mourning, for snow was falling on the ground and gave the effect of black and white. Every house had drawn blinds from one till four, and the place looked like a blind town. – Joan Kyffin Willington (ed.), Maisie: her life in her letters from 1898 to 1902, 1992 (referring to the death of Queen Victoria)
What I love most about this time of year are the birds. They start their springtime symphony early in the morning as the sun begins to peer over the mountain. The trees are budding and tulips and other flowers are showing up in all the stores. This is the time of year when Ostara is honored and thanked as she resumes her “throne” and presides over the season of spring with her familiar, the rabbit.
Long ago, the Germanic goddess, Ostara, was honored in the month of April each year with festivals honoring re-birth and renewal. Nowadays we recognize her festival as “Easter”. The name Easter evolved from the Goddess’s name, Ostara, which means “movement towards the rising sun” or “East”. Ostara is the living symbol for air and the life force of spring. East is representative of the element of air and our mental powers. Air is about new beginnings and allowing your spirit to soar. Ostara is still one of the most powerful Goddesses today. So much so that she has made herself right at home within Christianity and modern medicine.
Easter, like most Pagan festivals, evolved into a Christian holiday focusing, not on the Goddess, but on the Biblical Jesus and his “rebirth” or “resurrection”. Even so, Easter somehow managed to retain the fertility symbols and the Easter Basket. (I always wondered what the Easter Basket had to do with Christ’s resurrection. Didn’t you?) Ostara, goddess of fertility, has also managed to infiltrate our society with the well known “Rabbit Test” to find out if a woman is pregnant and also the hormone estrogen. Both named for her.
Ostara is the perfect goddess to call on when dealing with women’s health issues, especially when related to the reproductive system. Ostara is Goddess of joy, new beginnings, and fertility. That is where Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies (rabbits) come in. Eggs are an obvious symbol for fertility and the rabbit (Ostara’s power animal) have a rather well known propensity for reproducing. Ostara presides over our personal renewal and fertility issues. She is goddess of the dawn.
Eggs were dyed or painted bright colors as an offering to Ostara. Dawn is the best time to invoke her. In days of old, fires were lit at dawn in Ostara’s honor. It always amazes me how traditions like this survive over the millennia.
Right now is the perfect time to build an altar to Ostara so that you can begin to bring in the energy and vibration for new beginnings and fertility. This is the time of year when we symbolically wake up from our winter slumber and become more alert and active. Ostara’s altar will help our minds become fertile once again with ideas, making it very easy to take advantage of the vibrations this time of year offers us. This is a good time for starting new projects of all kinds. Let’s build an altar honoring Ostara and the changing of the seasons.
You can easily build an altar for Ostara using some or all of her symbols. Ostara’s colors, symbols, and aspects are:
- Colors – all of the pastel colors, green
- Symbols – rabbit, egg, feather
- Aspects – personal renewal, new beginnings, rebirth, fertility
- Some suggested offerings to Ostara are – eggs, rice, incense, feathers, flowers.
To build a simple altar like the one on GoddessVision you will need:
- Brightly colored stones such as Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Calcite, Citrine and/or Aquamarine
- Hard boiled eggs, preferably colored or brown
- Seeds or rice
- Feather (symbol for air)
- Rabbit figurine
- Spring flowers
Ostara loves bright colors. The light pastels of spring are perfect offerings for Ostara. To represent earth on your altar, choose bright or pastel colored stones like Rose Quartz, Amethyst, or any of the Calcites (blue, red, yellow, or green). If you have some Citrine, be sure to include it. Citrine has long been an aid for mental clarity.By including an offering of colored eggs on your altar, you will be taking part in an ancient tradition (still performed!) by the Germanic people. Ostara has been honored this time of year with painted eggs for centuries.
To symbolize fertility, in addition to the eggs, you can include seeds or rice on your altar. I like to use rice as a symbol for fertility on my altars.
Incense and feathers are perfect symbols for air on your altar. It is important for Ostara’s altar that you include a symbol for air because Ostara herself is the living symbol for Air. (This must be the way Ostara and Easter became associated with birds, i.e. chickens) Be sure to burn incense at your altar when you are dedicating it in order to bring in the energy and vibrational qualities of Ostara.
The perfect time to dedicate your altar is at dawn. Choose a day, then plan to dedicate your altar to Ostara at dawn’s first light by lighting incense and repeating an invocation to her as well as a prayer of thanksgiving for all that Ostara symbolizes in your life; A clear mind. New beginnings. Personal renewal. Fertility, either for the purpose of bearing a child or for creativity such as arts and crafts, writing, or decorating.
You can include anything you like on your altar to Ostara. You will know by how you feel if an item is appropriate or not. I believe it is important to include symbols for the four elements on my altars. The four elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The four Calcites on my altar (red/fire, green/earth, yellow/air, and blue/water) represent Mother Earth and the four elements. I have added feathers and other items that symbolize Ostara to my altar as offerings to her. (you can learn more about calcite here: http://www.goddessvision.net/calciteinfo.htm )
Last, but not least, I have included a figure of a rabbit. The rabbit is Ostara’s power animal. I am sure this is because of their propensity for fertility.
To see my altar to Ostara, click here: http://www.goddessvision.net/Ostara.htm
Silliness – You know you’re an Okie when…
1. It doesn’t bother you one bit to use airports named for 2 men who died in the same grisly plane crash.
2. You can properly pronounce all of the following, and without laughing: Eufaula, Pushmataha, Okemah, Tishomingo, and Chickasha.
3. You know exactly what calf fries are, and you eat them anyway.
4. You readily understand the difference between 3.2 and 6.0 beer, and know what a “beer run” to another state is.
5. A tornado warning siren is not necessarily cause for alarm. (It’s usually just your signal to go out in the yard and look for the funnel. Fun for the whole family.)
6. You are 100% Okie if you’ve ever had this conversation with a friend:
“Y’all wanna Coke?”
“What kind ya want?”
7 You can’t always remember which year your sweet Mama was born, but you can rattle off the years of all the “terrible hot” summers in your lifetime lickety-split.
8. You understand at least 5 of the 9 following concepts and expressions:
The B.C. Clark Christmas jingle;
“Once saved, always saved.”;
“Shoot far (fire) and save the matches!”;
Vacation Bible School;
Peppered cream gravy on everything, please, Ma’am;
“Just open all the windows and git in the bathtub.”
9. You know how to identify at least 5 varieties of venomous snakes on sight.
10. You understand that Oklahoma is a Southern, Southwestern, and Midwestern state-all at once and this is not a contradiction in your mind.
11. The local paper quickly covers national and international headlines on the front page, but requires 6 pages for sports and 2 pages for local church news.
12. You know more than 1 woman who has used an O.U. football schedule to plan her wedding date.
13. You don’t find it in the least bit odd to see “chicken fried chicken” on a menu.
14. You know which state has a “My-am-muh,” and which has a “My-am-ee.” (Miami)
15. You remember the profligate wealth of the Oil Boom, and you fervently pray for those days to return.
16. A BMW is not nearly the status symbol that a Ford F150 4×4 is.
17. You know all 4 seasons by heart: Tornado, Summer, Still Summer, and