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Gems, Crystals and Stones: Apatite

Apatite

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I recently bought one of these beauties from a Gem show in town called Gem storm. The one I got was a Flourapitate.

HISTORY:

Apatite is named for the Greek word apate.  It is pronounced as ap-a-tite. However, it means deceit. This fits because Apatite gems tend to look very similar to other gems.  Gems in this group was discovered in 1786, 1832, 1860 and 1990’s.   Up until recently these gems were never used in Jewelry because its a very soft stone and can be delicate. Due to its many colours its become quite popular.

COLOURS:

Depending on each gem stone in this group the colours can range from almost anything. The colours of these gems are; purple, blue, pink, brown, gray, green, violet, red-brown, white, yellow and even colourless.

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

Apatite is said to bring many benefits to those who own it. It can help with the immune system, cleanses the glandular, lymphatic and meridian systems as well. Mentally it can help with negative emotions relating to self conscious. Also it helps the wearer accept things in their life like love, self love, comfort and support.

CARING FOR YOUR STONE:

This is some extra information that is important to know with these gems. The best cleaning method for your gem is washing ti in warm soapy water. It is risky if you try a ultrasonic cleaning.  Do not expose the stone to any acids, high heat or rough wear.  If its expose to large amount of heat it will lose its colour or it’ll change colours. A lot of light can make the colour fade if the stone is pink. Be careful not to scratch or damage the stone in any way. If your stone is in a jewelry form, place it in a different area than the rest of your jewelry to prevent scratches. You could also wrap it in a felt cloth when putting it away.

TYPES OF GEMS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. 

Here is a list of the different types of apatite and what they look like. However as mentioned above they do come in different colours.

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Fluorapatite

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Chlorapatite

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Hydroxyapatite

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Carbon-Apatite

Chlorophane (photo won’t upload) – navy Blue/Green
Maganapatite (photo won’t upload)- white/brown, baby blue, pruple/blue, pink, light green
Sammite (photo won’t upload) baby blue,  brown, pink, pruple/brown, clear
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Staff-Apatite

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Strontium Apatite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apatite gems can be found in Canada, Russia, U.S.A, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Australia,  Afghanistan, Portugal, Pakistan, Austria and Brazil.

Isaiah 1:10-20 … What I See

I am sitting here listening to Aenima by Tool so that I can try to convey what I see in the world around me everywhere.
I will be using the first chapter of Isaiah from the New International version of The Bible.
If you are ready, let us begin, starting at verse 10:

10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

I think that God seems a little upset with us, don’t you?

11 “The multitude of your sacrifices- what are they to me?”
says the Lord.
“I have more than enough burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure in the blood of your bulls and lambs and goats,

Remember that at the time this was written, animal sacrifices were a very normal part of religious observances.
All God is saying here is that he doesn’t give a crap about our religious rites. Something else is on his mind. Continue reading

Thoughts on a book

I just finished book 1 of “The Book of God, The Apocalypse of Adam-Oannes” by E. V. Kenealy, published in 1872.  An interesting read, definitely lets you peer through the lens of another era of thought. The crux of this book was the argument for an ancient world religion and culture from which we can trace all of modern culture.  The central theme is that of the Naros, or cycle of 600 years, which can be found throughout ancient symbolism and myth.  This 600 years cycle began with Adam, the first divine messenger to a humanity falling from a golden age, followed by Enoch 600 years later.  Enoch was followed by Fo-hi (China), Brighou (Hindu), Zoroaster (Persia), Thoth (Egypt), Moses(Jewish), Lau Tsu (China), Jesus (Jewish), Mohamed (Persia), and Ghengis Khan.  By this cycle there should have been another messenger around 1800, but none was named.  You’re guess is as good as mine as to who it could be, if the cycle is to be believed.

I am fascinated by the study of ancient culture, and having read a lot of Graham Hancock, I tend to believe that there was an ancient golden age with a highly advanced world culture rivaling our own.  Approximately 12,000 years ago there was a cataclysmic event that destroyed this civilization.  The remnants spread out to teach the surviving humanity and try to rebuild civilization.  It is a story that resonates with me, and that is all it is.  A story.  Looking that far back in time there can be no definite truth, no final interpretation of fact, the final draft of our history.  It is all just the weaving together of disparate facts with our imagination filling in the blanks.

Interesting blend of physics, kabbalah, and sacred geometry.

Excerpts from the preface of ENOCH—The Book of God by Dr E. V. Kenealy

I wanted to share this as it is amazingly relevant to the state of our world today, which by the way has me cringing in disgust and wanting to hide from everything other than Widders and my four walls. These are excerpts from a letter by Dr. E. V. Kenealy written in 1872  in response to a criticism of his understanding of St. Paul’s influence of and intent toward modern Christianity.  I have edited and cherry picked for the sake of brevity, for like most Hermeticists, Dr. Kenealy can be quite verbose.

…But even if it were true that Paul wrote some few things that were good, how can this justify, or excuse, the great mass that is bad? And is not the soul-destroying doctrine of Faith without works and the blood-atonement which peoples earth with so many criminals, and hell with so many millions, attributable in a great measure to the dogmas which this man has laid down? To me it is perfectly clear that Paul wilfully and wickedly – a very Antichrist – set himself up against Jesus, and laboured in every way he could to destroy the creed which the Ninth Messenger came from heaven to beautify and renew. And in this object Paul has been too successful. For one preacher who takes his text and his doctrine from Jesus on the Sunday, there are twenty who take their text and their follies from Paul; and for one man who models his life upon the teachings of the Ninth Messenger there are a thousand who put their faith absolutely in the blood-stained homicide of the first Martyr.

…I know Europe, and I believe it to be impossible to overstate the amount of sin and hypocrisy, and misery, which it contains. In England, more especially, instead of Seven Trumpet-bearing Angels, we have seventy-seven thousand who daily proclaim from the house tops that we are the most virtuous and happy of mankind, while all around us gives the lie to the false pretence. I believe that there is more vice, wretchedness, poverty, and ignorance, in the “happy land,” with Paul for its teacher, and the Bible Society for its guardian, than in any other land of which we have record whether in the Present, or the Past; and that our political system, which accumulates all the wealth in the coffers of the rich, while it makes the poor every day poorer, will end one day in a volcano of fire, of blood, and ruin. Were I asked to point out a picture of hell in miniature I need but lead my inquirer into some of the frightful slums of this and other great European cities where, amid dirt and filth, vermin and disease, and poisoned air, and squalid raggery, and rotten food, and reeking cesspools, the poverty-stricken wretches, whom we count by thousand, and call our brethren, pass their days in blasphemy, drunkenness, and the vilest moral and physical degradation, cursing God and the blessed light, execrating the day they were born, and filled with the most malignant hatred of each other, and envy of all who are more fortunate.

Since the time of the writing it seems that the condition he ascribes to Europe is now pretty much endemic to the entire world civilization.

…And, when I go into an European Church, I find all this set down to an ordinance and institution of God, who has arbitrarily made these ranks and distinctions in society, because it is His Will; and those who pass their hideous lives in this most sad condition are meekly told that it is “that state of life to which it pleased God to call them.”

…In Europe we are taught all this, and many of us act upon it; for if God, their Father, has made these wretches so, why should we interfere, or interpose between the Tempter and the Tempted? for is not every misfortune sent to man only sent as a trial by a merciful Creator? and ought not the tempted mortal to withstand it bravely like holy Job of old?

…Hence we shut our eyes to the fact that our political and wealth-worshipping system has produced it all, and that the earth is wide enough to feed all men well, if only our rulers recognized the truth and acted upon its sacred dictates. Were it not for the holy well spring of private charity which seems to flow without cessation under the Auspice of the Holy Spirit herself, I know not what would be the condition of the poor in England; but God surely never meant that our brave and industrious people should be dependent on personal benevolence and not on their own right hands. But so it is.

This describes our current political climate very well, with our leaders saying with no remorse that the poor should be left to suffer what they will.

I have read a great deal about foreign peoples, and the result is this, that I find that they are almost always the worse for intercourse with Europeans, whether they go in the guise of merchants or missionaries. Beyond this I need not advance. I have done all I could, as far as inquiry and research can do it, to make myself well acquainted with the moral condition of each quarter, and I find with sorrow that petro-paulites (there are but few Christians), are as a rule, worse than the followers of Buddha, Brahm, or Mohammed; while, to give the crowning point to all their wickedness, they hypocritically pretend that they are the best and purest of mankind, and affect to weep over the condition of those lands from which all true Light originally came, and still belongs.

Dirt

When we are talking about graveyard dirt the first thing you need to know is that the cemetery in which you are gathering is the property of the dead, with this in mind it is a good idea to ask permission from the keepers of the dead. In voodoo their are 2 families of spirits that are known to frequent the cemetery the Barons who are the spirits of death and the Gedes who are spirits of the dead, if you are not ready for the spirits of voodoo quite yet then a petition to gran pays may be done literally meaning “great country”, in this you are asking the entire community of the graveyard to give you permission to enter their domain. If you are given welcome to their country then remember the golden rule in spirit work, don’t take if you are not prepared to give. Most of these spirits will enjoy an offering of rum, coffee, cigars, and sweets give these after you have politely and clearly stated your intentions in the graveyard.

There are many uses for graveyard dirt, the main being goofer dust, everything from ridding yourself of a person to the other end of the spectrum love me or die types of work. Different graves may also come into play for example one might ask an unknown solider to do their work as they are good at following orders or the grave of a gambler to have more luck. Graveyard dirt is not the only type of dirt that may be used;

Dirt from 4 corners -to open up the roads of success. (correlates with ellegua,keeper of
the crossroads.)

Dirt from the mountains -used in cleansing spells as well as in communicating with the
spirits that reside specifically in a mountain region.

Dirt from the forest -used in spells of protection.

Dirt from 4 jails -used in spells to either release or keep an individual incarcerated.

Dirt from 4 police stations -to bring the police to a persons home or business.

Dirt from 4 banks -for prosperty spells.

Dirt from an indian cemetery -for spells of protection. (can also be used to help summon
your indian guide.)

Dirt from 4 churches -for use in cleansing spells.

Dirt from a hospital -can be used for both cleansing and harm.

Dirt from the home of a witch -spells of domination and harm.

Dirt from the home of a santero(priest of santeria) – in spells of protection.

Dirt from the home of a palero(priest of palo mayombe) -in spells of harm or
conflict.

Dirt from a courthouse – for victory in court cases.

Dirt from 12 noon -for spells of protection.

Dirt from a race track – for gambling spells.

Dirt from a seashore -for fertility and cleansing spells.(Correlates With
yemaya,goddess of the seas)

Dirt from the rivers edge -for love and marriage spells.(correlates with oshun,goddess of love and marriage)

Dirt from the bottom of (ones own) shoes -spells of domination and harm.

Dirt from where two dogs have fought -spells of conflict.

Dirt from a casino -for money spells

Dirt from a soldiers grave -spells of protection and domination. (also of courage)

Dirt from a law library -for legal matters.

Dirt from a library – for knowledge and wisdom.

Dirt from a doctors office -for spells of healing.

Sources; Harry M. Hayatt
Judika Illes

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Quart

I remember as a child, I would always dog through the rocks in the playground at school just so I could find these shiny quartz. I had a huge collection as a child. (not sure what happened to it). I was fascinated with this gem. They are the most common of gems. I have 2 rose quartz and three clear quartz on my altar. Below I did not include any pcitures of these gems since they will all be/have been covered in future/older blogs.

 

HISTORY:

Quartz has been around since pre-historic times. The most ancient of quartz is said to have been around since 300-325 B.C.E, Rose quartz beads date back to 7000 B.C. Rose quartz jewelry was crafted by the Assyrians  around 800-600 B.C. The Assyrians and the Romans are said to be the first people to use this gem. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians often used rose quartz as potent talismans. People in the middle ages would use quartz in love potions. Early Americans also used quartz. They often used them for amulets. It is believed by ancient people and healers today that the quartz crystal is actually a living thing. Its said it takes a breath every hundred years. Ancients also believe its a crystal closest to the creator. The quartz has been of value since possibly Atlantis times.

 

COLOURS: 

Due to there being so many types of quartz it can come in a variety of colours. It can be clear, pink, purple, orange, green, purple and orange. It can also be black, blue, green and brown.

 

SPECIAL PROPERTIES: 

As mentioned before they used to be used in love potions. They still often are. Quartz is known to have healing properties. The quartz has the ability to open your mind and heart more during meditation for higher guidance It helps with spiritual growth. It helps to translate a spirit form into a physical one.

 

TYPES OF QUARTZ:

  • Rock Crystal is pure, clear Quartz, often with a milky base. Its properties are listed on this page.
  • Amtheyst is pale purple to deep violet; known as the Bishop’s Stone, it represents royalty and spirituality, and is a crystal of creativity.
  • Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone; a “stone of the muses,” it connects spirituality, action and overcoming fear.
  • Aventurine may be green, blue or reddish-brown with a metallic iridescence; it is a stone of optimism, leadership and prosperity.
  • Blue Quartz is clear Quartz with tiny blue inclusions that create a pale to mid-blue color; it brings harmony and order, mental clarity and eases fear.
  • Citerin is transparent and pale to golden yellow; it promotes imagination and magnifies the powers of personal will and manifestation.
  • Milky or Snow Quartz, also known as Quartzite, is opaque white quartz; it is supportive for lesson learning, realizing limitations and utilizing tact.
  • Pink Quartz forms in rare clusters of small, well-formed crystals, pale to deep reddish-pink, translucent to transparent; a “stone of innocence and discovery,” it nurtures self-love and respect of others.
  • Rose Quartz is a massive form of Quartz, pale to deep reddish-pink, opaque to translucent; a “stone of beauty and love,” it promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing calm.
  • Prase is a leek-green Quartzite (rock rather than a mineral) with actinolite inclusions; an “earth mother” stone, it resolve conflicts and calms nerves.
  • Prasiolite is Green Amethyst; leek-green and rare naturally, it is often heat-treated; it provides a bridge between the body, mind and spirit.
  • Smokey Quartz s transparent smoky brown to dark gray; it is a premiere grounding stone, dissipating emotional and environmental negativity.
  • Tiger’s, Hawk’s, and Cat’s Eye is Quartz layered with chatoyant strips of asbestos and hornblende; Tiger’s Eye is golden brown, Hawk’s or Falcon’s Eye is blue-black, and Cat’s Eye is green to greenish-gray. These are stones of action, pride, protection, and reflecting back negative energies.

Fibrous varieties:

  • Agate is usually banded in layers and forms in every color; it is a stabilizing and strengthening stone, facilitating acceptance of one’s self.
  • Carnelian is translucent pale orange to deep red-orange; it is a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.
  • Chalcedony varies in color and pattern, blue is a favorite; the “speaker’s stone,” it encourages peace-making and carefully choosing one’s words.
  • Chrysoprase is green, usually opaque, and one of Chalcedony’s rarest; it is a stone of the heart and promotes love of truth, hope and fidelity.
  • Onyx is opaque layers of black, brown, gray, black/white or red/white, and is often carved in cameos; it provides inner strength, stability and fortitude.
  • Sard is brown Chalcedony with a reddish hue; it is a protective stone, dispelling negative influences and providing inner strength.

Grainy Varieties:

  • Chert is brown, gray or black and resembles Flint, but is more brittle; it aids memory, and is a stone of stability and daily productivity.
  • Flint is brown, gray or black, solid or layered, and very hard; a stone of grounding, it promotes understanding, communication and integrity.
  • Jasper is opaque, large-grained and found in all colors, most always layered or patterned; a “supreme nurturer,” it is revered as sacred, protective, and encourages humility and compassion.
  • Heliotrope or Bloodstone is dark green with red spots; a stone of the sun and legendary bearer of Christ’s blood, it promotes healing, selflessness and idealism.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: 

All types of quartz can be found in almost every continent. Clear Quartz is very common in North America, Australia and Madagascar. It can also be found in Israel, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, Morcoo, Switzerland, Scotland and France.

 

The Origin of the Witches Hat

The exact origin of the witches hat is unclear to us. In images of witches drawn by artists, especially in those aimed at a younger audience, we often see witches depicted as wearing cone shaped hats. While these may seem to be comical attire, which are part of artist designed costumes for the intent of entertaining the viewer of the image, there is actually a deeper symbolism behind them. One of the earliest images of the witch wearing a pointed, cone shaped hat can be seen in 13th century artwork in the form of woodcuts in which the witches are depicted as being naked with nothing covering their heads. Other clothed images with other various head-wear such a head scarves were much more common than that of the cone shaped hat.

Bronze age ceremonial headdresses have been found in Central Europe, one of which was found in Switzerland and was studied in the Berlin Museum. Their appearance is of a hollow cone made from gold. Historians have made the conclusion that they are indeed headdresses due to the remaining material left inside the hats, which include what looks to be a chin strap to make wearing the hat more comfortable. Before this discovery it was thought that these artefacts were vases of sorts. The golden headdresses were thought to have been worn by king-priests, or oracles, who were priests who were believed by the people of the time to have magical powers, including the power of prophecy and divination.

There is some speculation that the pointed hat holds its origins in the peaked caps that were worn by Jews in the 13th century. Pope Innocent III decreed that all Jews must wear this pointed hat in 1215. This anti-Semitic ruling, among other anti-Semitic sentiments, lead the people to associate this particular pointed hat with many things the church taught them to fear and to view as evil or against God. This did not stop wealthy noblewomen of the 15th century wearing tall peaked hats called hennins in the name of fashion, who wore these hats despite protestation from the Christian Church who greatly disliked the conical hats, possibly due to its horn like shape, which in turn may have reminded them of the Christian devil. While both of these hats were pointed or conical, they were quite different in appearance which is likely why they were not associated with anti Semitism by 15th century ladies. Pointed hats were still in fashion among commoners until 1600’s.

These pointed hats were also associated with the dunces hat in this century. However the dunces cap dates back as early as the 13th century and was devised by John Duns Scottus, a Scottish scholar of theology, philosophy and the metaphysical. The original purpose of which was not as a humiliating punishment to children, as it was used in the 19th century but rather to help children who had difficulty in learning to read to focus. This was done by asking them to focus on the point, which was situation behind the head in an elevated position. This was meditative and allowed the children to focus long enough to grasp the reading material. The halo with which saints are painted wearing is situated in the same position as the point. When working with magic, or the energies of the universe, it is important to be able to focus in order to direct those energies successfully. While it is unclear whether witches of earlier centuries did indeed wear pointed hats, it is clear that they would have understood the importance of focus. This also links in with the dunces hats previous association with scholars of the highest quality. The knowledge needed to practice witchcraft needed equal, if not more dedication to study that scholars gave to their pursuit of knowledge in various fields which may have influenced. There is also some speculation that the wearing of the conical hat not only helps the person to focus, but traps the metaphysical energy in the hat, near the head, making it easier to draw upon in ritual.

It was not until the 18th century, that artists, which the increased popularity among the population, of the dark and mysterious, began to create art showing witches wearing cone shaped hats. Often these images were part of chapbooks aimed at children and other literature in later years, most of which were illustrated fairy tale books in the Victorian era.

The cone of power is also linked the witches hat. This is a visualisation, and energy raising technique used by pagans in ritual. This energy is drawn from their surroundings. The energy, as the name of the rite suggest, is directed from the middle of the circle into a cone shape. The witches hat is thought by some to be a physical symbol of the direction in which this energy is raised. Using the cone of power in ritual can greatly improve the working that is done, which makes the witches hat a tangible symbol of successful work achieved by employing effective techniques. The cone of power and witches hat also symbolises masculine and feminine energy in equal parts. When in an upright position it becomes a phallic symbol, taking on the masculine and when in an upturned position it can represent the womb, giving it feminine energy. It is theorised by some that the witches hat can be seen in parallel with the Lingam- Yoni, a sacred object in Hinduism. It consists of a basin which resembles a vagina and another conical object set inside it. This is symbolic of fertility and creation between the God Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. It is a rite that is very like the Great rite in Wicca. Overall, the witches hat represents balance, which is important in ritual work. This however is very likley to be a concept devised by modern witches due to the more intense hostility witchcraft faced in previous centuries. Going back to masculine symbology, there is also some resemblance in the shape of the conical hat, to horns of the horned god, which are a symbol of power. While there is little evidence that the witches hat was used in ritual by witches of the past, there is more solid evidence that horned helmets, which were made materials too soft to be used in battle were worn in ritual in the 12th century BC, a practice which continued into the first century BC

Wherever the witches hat holds it origins, and whether or not it holds symbolism for the majority of pagans, it certainly has become an iconic image of the witch flying high in the sky, shrouded in mystery and magic.

Ostara Ritual

(Disclaimer: This is not a ritual I created)

 

Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land.

By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.

This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing — you can perform this rite either as a solitary practitioner, or as a part of a group ceremony. Feel free to substitute the names of your tradition’s deities where appropriate. Also, if you’ve ever thought about rededicating yourself to the gods of your tradition, Ostara is an excellent time to do this.

In addition to setting up your Ostara altar for this ritual, you’ll need the following supplies: a black sheet for each participant, a bowl of soil, water, a white candle, and incense. For this rite, the High Priestess (HPs) or High Priest (HP) should be the only person at the altar. Other participants should wait in another room until called. If you’re doing the rite outside, the group can wait some distance away from the altar.

If your tradition calls for you to cast a circle, do this now.

The first person in the group waits outside the circle, covered from head to toe in the black sheet. If your group is comfortable with skyclad rituals, you can be nude under the sheet — otherwise, wear your ritual robe. Once the HPs is ready to begin, she calls the first participant into the altar area, cutting an opening in the circle as the person enters and then closing it behind them.

The participant, still covered in the black sheet, kneels on the floor before the altar.

The HPs greets the participant, and says:

Today is the time of the Spring equinox.
Ostara is a time of equal parts light and dark.
Spring has arrived, and it is a time of rebirth.
The planting season will soon begin, and
life will form once more within the earth.
As the earth welcomes new life and new beginnings,
so can we be reborn in the light and love of the gods*.
Do you, (name), wish to experience the rebirth of spring, and
step out of the darkness into the light?

The participant replies with an affirmative answer. The HPs takes the salt from the altar, and sprinkles it over the sheet-clad participant, saying:

With the blessings of the earth, and the life within the soil,
you are reborn in the eyes of the gods.

Next, the HPs takes the lit incense and passes it over the participant, saying:

With the blessings of air, may knowledge and wisdom
be brought to you upon the winds.

The HPs takes the burning candle and (carefully!) passes it over the participant, saying:

May the fire of the spring sun bring growth and harmony
into your life.

Finally, the HPs sprinkles water around the participant, and says:

With the blessings of water, may the chill and darkness of winter,
be swept away by the warm spring rains.

Rise! Step forth out of the darkness, and climb into the light.
Awaken once more in the arms of the gods.

At this point, the participant slowly emerges from the black sheet. Remember, this is a symbolic rebirth. Take your time if you feel you need to. As you pull the sheet back away from you, remember that you are not only stepping into the light, but putting behind you the darkness of the past six months. Winter is over, and spring has arrived, so take a few moments, as you emerge, to think about the magic of this time of year.

The High Priestess then welcomes the participant, saying:

You have stepped once more into the light,
and the gods welcome you.

Repeat the ceremony until all members of the group have been “reborn”. If you are performing this rite as a solitary, obviously you would speak the lines of the HPs yourself, and bless the area around yourself with the dirt, incense, candle and water.

Once everyone in the group has gone through the rebirthing, take some time to meditate on the balancing energy of Ostara. Light and dark are equal, as are positive and negative. Consider, for a while, the polarity of this season. Think about the balance you wish to find in your life, and consider how you may work harder to find harmony within yourself.

When you are ready, end the ritual, or move on to a cake and ale ceremony, spellwork or other healing magick.

A Bit about Ostara

On the equator, at the moment of both the Vernal (Spring) and Autumnal (Autumn or Fall) Equinox, the lengths of night and day are equal. In Latin, that’s what the word equinox means: equal (equi) night (nox). Humans have been aware for thousands of years that light and darkness balance at the Equinoxes; this balance, and, by extension, the balance of other aspects of our lives, have long been a focus of Spring rituals.

Ostara on or around march 21st (sometimes spelled Eostara or Eostre) is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring. Her sacred symbols are eggs and hares. Not surprisingly, She’s a Maiden Goddess rather than a Mother or a Crone. she is the namesake of the Christian holiday Easter. pagans celebrate Her festival is celebrated on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. Her name is thought to mean “to shine”, therefore Eeostre is seen as a goddess of the dawn. However it is also thought that Eastre is the ancient word for “spring”. There are also links to the name Eostre and “east”, the direction of the sky where the sun first rises, which gives Eostre the name “Eastern Star”. Eostre is connected with growth, renewal, abundance, new beginnings and fertility. As symbols of rebirth and fertility, eggs and rabbits are sacred to her, as is the full moon.

Eostre represents the transitional time between childhood innocence and adult passion, and reminds us that life is full of untold possibilities and adventures.

Through her association with dawn, Eostre may be related to the Greek Eos, Roman Aurora, or Indian Ushas. In some Pagan myths, the idea is that the Goddess has been taken, or takes Herself and Her buds and flowers and fruits, into the Earth, to the Underworld for the Winter, and is rescued or returns of her own accord in the Spring, which explains why everything sprouts and buds again.

Most pagans and wiccans acknowledge the role of the Sun (God) in all of this: as the days get warmer from Yule, the Earth thaws, and there’s enough light and warmth and water for things to grow again. Wicca respects the myths that come from other cultures, We tend to see various goddesses as aspects of the Great Goddess, so we’re more likely to speak of the Goddess resuming Her Maiden aspect than of, to borrow a Greek example, Demeter recovering her daughter Persephone from Hades’ arms

though the christian easter was born from the pagan eostre: the dawn goddess of fertility, or ostara, they don’t fall in the same month every year, they share at least one custom every year, and it’s a custom that predates both Wicca and Christianity. We know that the Romans also dyed eggs, using bright colors to encourage the growing Sun to keep growing, to tip the Equinox’s balance from darkness to light.

At Ostara, it’s likely that we need to catch our breath and our balance. (If we look carefully, we see that most Ostara customs are concerned, one way or another, with balance.) We need to take some time to breathe deeply and relax, to reorient ourselves toward the waxing light, to set worries and wish-we-hads aside and think about what we can do with what we have, and how what we do now will affect what we have to work with later on.

Our inner gardens need tending as much as the ones in our yards or on our patios. Our minds need clearing as much as our closets and garages and basements need cleaning; our hearts need encouragement as much as the dining room needs a new coat of paint.

The goddesses of springtime, Persephone, Ishtar, and Ostara, bring us the message of awakening and personal growth. Their gift is the motivation and the energy we need to pursue our dreams. As the tender green buds begin to leaf out around us, our own lives are refilled with vital energy.

Spring is the time to make room in our hearts for a passion for all things new. And it helps to use a little bit of magic and new ideas. Since our own bodies and spirits echo the earth’s changes, spring is an ideal time to head out in new directions.

Has any stagnation or lethargy crept into your life? Let it go! Now is the ideal time to open yourself to all things that facilitate your growth and evolution. whatever you do, don’t let your perception of any “lack of capability” stand in the way of your hopes and dreams.

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