Cat’s Morning Bits for March 19, 2021
Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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.
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted due to winter. (brownielocks.com)
March 2 Dr. Seuss Day
March 3 World Wildlife Day
March 4 World Book Day
March 13 New Moon 2:21 am PST/ 3:21 am MST/ 5:21 am EST
March 14 Daylight Savings begins 2 am
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 18 Celtic Month of Alder begins
March 20 Spring Equinox / Ostara
March 20 World Storytelling Day
March 25 World Tolkein Reading Day
March 28 Full Storm Moon 11:48 am PST/ 12:48 pm MST/ 2:48 pm EST
“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”
- Doug Larson
Spirit Library: Horizons Are Expanding (a message from Kate Spreckley)
We are transforming from the inside out which is creating a profound shift in how we operate in our world. How we view ourselves and our reality is changing unlocking new opportunities and new potentials
Colors: Green, Yellow
Activities include: planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, fertility rites
Rituals: balance, herb work – magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for prosperity/fertility, new beginnings, potential, action
Sacred Stones include: all jaspers, 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: Fertility deities, youthful deities, love goddesses, the Green Man, Gaia, Cerrunos, Eostre, Persephone, Thoth, Odin, Osiris, Isis, Venus, Pan, Athena
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
- Robin Williams
Pagan Playlist: Eostre
Pagan Library: Ostara Return to Us ( Savannah Skye)
The wheel has turned to our Goddess
Our lovely Maiden Goddess
Who will return to us
Seven Crystals for Ostara
Ostara is also known as the spring equinox and is a celebration of fertility, rebirth, and renewal. At this point in the wheel of the year, day and night are of equal length and in perfect equilibrium.
“The name Ostara goes back to Jacob Grimm, who, in his Deutsche Mythologie, speculated about an ancient German goddess Ostara, after whom the Easter festival (German: Ostern) could have been named. Grimm’s main source is De temporum ratione by the Venerable Bede. Bede had put forward the thesis that the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April, Eostur-monath, was named after a goddess Eostre. Ostara is one of the four lesser Wiccan holidays or sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. Ostara is celebrated on the spring equinox, in the Northern hemisphere around March 21 and in the Southern hemisphere around September 23, depending upon the specific timing of the equinox. Among the Wiccan sabbats, it is preceded by Imbolc and followed by Beltane. In the book Eight Sabbats for Witches by Janet and Stewart Farrar, the festival Ostara is characterized by the rejoining of the Mother Goddess and her lover-consort-son, who spent the winter months in death. Other variations include the young God regaining strength in his youth after being born at Yule, and the Goddess returning to her Maiden aspect. Ostara is the virgin Goddess of spring. This holiday concerns the deity’s trip to the underworld, and their struggle to return from the Land of the Dead to Earth. When they accomplish this return, they have a life renewed. It was considered bad luck to wear anything new before Ostara, so the people would work through the winter in secret to make elegant clothes for the Sabbat celebration. The entire community would gather for games, feasting, and religious rituals while showing off their clothing. The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit known as the Easter Bunny comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. So much did a lowly rabbit want to please the Goddess that he laid the sacred eggs in her honor, gaily decorated them, and humbly presented them to her. So pleased was she that she wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honor of her wishes, the rabbit went through the entire world and distributed these little decorated gifts of life”
- Ostara in Wikipedia
Goddess Guide: Spring Goddess
The Spring Goddess celebrates the turning of the wheel of the year as the death and decay of winter gives way to a time of renewal and rebirth.
Today’s DIY: Garden Decoration Ideas Using Stones and Rocks
Witch Indeed: 21 Ways to Celebrate Spring Equinox
Spring is coming for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere! Even if where you live is still covered with snow, listen closely. The earth is moving ever onward. It’s no coincidence that March is filled with so many celebrations:
Treehugger: 7 Enlightening Facts About the Vernal Equinox
From dancing tree fairies to spring fever, there’s more to the March equinox than equal night and day.
EarthSky News: Does the equinox sun rise due east and set due west?
The March 2021 equinox happens on March 20, 2021, at 09:37 Universal Time. That’s early morning … March 20 at 4:37 a.m. Central Daylight Time for us in the central U.S. Translate to your time zone.
Patheos-Pagan: Simple Ostara Ritual
Ostara is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. There has always seemed to be something extra magical about the equinoxes for me. This is a fun way to celebrate with a simple Ostara ritual for both adults and children.
Pagan Playlist: The Earth is our mother | | Ostara songs | | Beltane songs | | Wiccan Chants | | Bunny Lo
Inner Journey: LAUGH!
“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.”
— William James
Laughter nourishes the soul and triggers joy. It’s a natural stress reliever. It stimulates the immune system and increases oxygen, stamina and our breathing capacity. Medical literature is full of reasons to laugh for the health of it.
Don’t rely upon your funny friends, favorite sit-com or jokes to tickle your funny bone — just laugh for the joy of it!
“Laughter is like the human body wagging its tail.”
— Anne Wilson Schaef
A Note from the Universe
I have a special request to pass on to you, directly from the morning sun, herself; echoed by the clear blue sky, the earth under your feet, and the trees in your life who long for your presence.
From time to time, however sporadic or brief, they’d absolutely adore your undivided attention.
I’d want to know, so I thought you would, too.
Today’s Recipe: Easy Sugar Cookies
Quick and easy sugar cookies! They are really good, plain or with candies in them. My friend uses chocolate mints on top, and they’re great!
March 19, 2021
Trees are the lungs of the earth. Just as we breathe oxygen into our lungs and exhale carbon dioxide, so trees breathe carbon dioxide into their leaves and exhale oxygen.”
-Helen Caldicott, If You Love this Planet (1992)
Reciprocity. There is a science to it. We’re here for a reason. Trees are here for a reason. We can learn from each other, grow with each other, help each other breathe!
-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com
Daily Tarot: The Moon
If you’re feeling vulnerable or in a vulnerable or fragile position, take half a step back and give yourself more breathing room. You’re actually doing fine, but if that’s not your perception then nothing will convince you otherwise. If you need a break or a little time off, see if you can arrange it, if only for a few hours. This is not a show of weakness. Take care of yourself.
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