Cat’s Morning Bits Monday March 20 2023 Spring Equinox/ Ostara Edition
Good Morning Beautiful Souls! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“Through all the frozen winter
My nose has grown most lonely
For lovely, lovely, colored smells
That come in springtime only.
The purple smell of lilacs,
The yellow smell that blows
Across the air of meadows
Where bright forsythia grows.
The tall pink smell of peach trees,
The low white smell of clover,
And everywhere the great green smell
Of grass the whole world over.”
Kathryn Worth, Smells
March 7 Full Storm Moon 4:40 am PST/ 5:40 am MST / 7:40 am EDT
March 12 Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2am
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 18 Celtic Month of Alder begins
March 20 Spring Equinox/ Ostara
March 21 New Moon at 10:23 am PST/ 11:23 am MST/ 1:23 pm EDT
A Modern Witch’s Guide to Celebrating Ostara – Witchcraft – wheel of the year – Magical Crafting
Spirituality & Health: The Spiritual Meaning of Ostara
by Julie Peters
The spring equinox is a potent time of year for welcoming in new energy and revitalizing your life. Explore the spiritual meaning of Ostara, the pagan celebration of spring.
Learn Religions: Deities of the Spring Equinox
By Patti Wigington
Updated on April 29, 2019
Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter.
MBG: An Astrological Transit 200+ Years In The Making Arrives This Week: What To Know
The spring equinox catapults us into Aries season this Monday, March 20, and hits refresh on the astrological calendar.
The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as: Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, No Ruz, Ostara, Ostra, Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox.
Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Ostara
CLAIREAUG 3, 2022
Ostara (also known as the spring equinox) is a celebration of fertility, rebirth, and renewal. At this point in the wheel of the year, day and night are of equal length, in perfect equilibrium. The Earth is coming to life as the sun gains strength and brings us warmth and longer days.
Moody Moons: 11 Ways to Celebrate Ostara Creatively
Celebrate Ostara this year and indulge your senses in the pleasures of the natural world awakening.
With tender spring buds on the trees and bright, baby grass shooting up from the earth, the season of spring has arrived.
EarthSky News: March equinox 2023: All you need to know
The March equinox – also called the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere – marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere.
Patheos-Pagan: Ostara Sabbat Index: Rituals, Crafts, and Recipes for Witch’s Spring Equinox
FEBRUARY 18, 2019 BY HERON MICHELLE
The Sabbat of Ostara approaches for the northern hemisphere, and the season of winter wanes into the oncoming season of spring.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Ostara (Spring Song)
“Gwyl Canol GwenWynol or Eostre: (pronounced E-ostra, also known as Ostara, Spring Equinox etc.), March 21-23. Time of equal day and equal night. This is often celebrated with eggs (beginnings) and rabbits (fertiity) … see the theme? It is now time to lay the seeds of new projects and new directions that you have meditated on throughout the cold months. Now is the time to start taking action. (A lot of traditions use this particular sabbat for initiations. New roads, a new breath.) Colours for this sabbat: Purple and Yellow. The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane. Night and day are in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy. The god of light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness. In the Welsh Mabinogion, this is the day on which the restored Llew takes his vengeance on Goronwy by piercing him with the sunlight spear. For Llew was restored/reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now well/old enough to vanquish his rival/twin and mate with his lover/mother. And the great Mother Goddess, who has returned to her Virgin aspect at Candlemas, welcomes the young sun god’s embraces and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice. And so the cycle closes at last to begin anew. The customs surrounding the celebration of the spring equinox were imported from Mediterranean lands, although there can be no doubt that the first inhabitants of the British Isles observed it, as evidence from megalithic sites shows. But it was certainly more popular to the south, where people celebrated the holiday as New Year’s Day, and claimed it as the first day of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. However you look at it, it is certainly a time of new beginnings, as a simple glance at Nature will prove.”
Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad
This strawberry spinach salad is a great way to get kids to eat spinach! Someone brought this salad to a potluck dinner, and I had to have the recipe. Since then, I’ve made it many times and I’ve been asked for the recipe every time I take it somewhere.
Magical Correspondences for Ostara/ Vernal Equinox
Colors: Green, Yellow
Activities include: planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, fertility rites
Rituals: rituals of balance herb work – magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for prosperity/fertility, new beginnings, potential, action
Sacred Stones include: all jaspes, amethyst, aquamarine, and bloodstone
Incense and Scents: African violet, jasmine, rose, sage and strawberry
Herbs & Flowers: Honeysuckle, Iris, Peony, Violet, Woodruff, Olive, Iris, Narcissus, Daffodils, Jonquils, Primrose, Crocus, all spring flowers
Symbols include: four leaf clover, baskets, eggs, spring flowers, chicks, rabbits, budding twigs & flowers, sprouting bulbs
Food includes: lamb, eggs, seeds, leafy green vegetables, spiced or flower cupcakes, fruits, hot cross buns, sprouts, honey cakes
Deities: Deities: Fertility deities, youthful deities, love goddesses, the Green Man, Gaia, Cerrunos, Eostre, =ersephone, Thoth, Odin, Osiris, Isis, Venus, Pan, Athena
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