After a week of beautiful sunny weather and warm temperatures..even hit 64 one day….this morning though cooler, mid 40’s, and raining, it feels like Mother Earth is waking up and spring is on the way! The rain has washed away that last piles of dirty snow and washed the muddy roads, parking lots and driveways. There is a green glow this morning, tulips are pushing up, the crabapple trees are budding, the grass looks greener etc. Our bird feeder is experiencing lower volumes meaning they are finding food elsewhere now. Our goldfish in our pond are awake and swimming. All good signs of Spring! While I know we may still have some cold weather and another snow is always possible, all these signs along with Daylight Savings Time today gives my soul a lift that Winter is over.
March 20 is Ostara, the first official day of Spring. The day and night are equal and then the sun gets stronger and the day gets longer. I’ve loved the sun coming up early in the morning but will enjoy even more the evening staying lighter longer. For Ostara, we will be coloring eggs. The house is decorated as much as I usually do. I have a kitchen altar, a wreath on the front door, and my Sacred altar are all decorated for Ostara with eggs, bunnies, lambs, and the appropriate crystals etc. Isn’t it funny how the symbols for Ostara are the same for Easter? You know of course that’s because the early Christians set it up that way to give the Pagans something from their celebration of Ostara. Our family will celebrate Easter also..because of our extended family and their beliefs. My little grandaughter will have her egg hunt probably on Ostara and Easter as all the family wants to participate in that! It will be adorable! Can’t wait.
Pagans believe that in Spring, The Goddess and the God become lovers and equals and the Goddess will become pregnant. This brings forth the abundance of Spring, flowers, trees blooming, birth of baby animals, longer days and food from the earth. It is a joyous time after the long Winter. So long walks are in order, being outside and watching and listening to the earth coming alive. Feel the warm breezes on your face, dance in the rain, plan or plant your garden and herbs, raise your arms in praise to the Goddess and God for the wheel of the year turning once more. It is a Blessing!
Also a wonderful thing happened this week! My unbelievably awesome Book of Shadows from Witches Moon finally got here! I waited 7 months but it was well worth the wait! I got the Practical Magic book..it has two sections and flips over to open the other side..one section has 300 pages of aged parchment, the other has 200. The leather is red/brown and very aged and old looking, the inside cover lining is maroon/black/brown marbled and it has 5 long copper ribbons. It smells heavenly, like lavendar and rose. It is the ultimate Book of Shadows and I can’t wait to get my pages I’ve been working on for months, in the book. I’m thrilled with it!