Sunday, March 19, 2017

Awaiting Ostara's Return





At Ostara around March 21, the light is equal to the darkness
This is the time of the Spring Equinox, and is a great time 
to celebrate the Rebirth of the Soil and the Land



Mint Chutney

  • 3 C. fresh mint leaves, off stems
  • 1/2 C. fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 C. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 C. green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 C. red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp. sea salt
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 C olive oil
  • Water
Put all ingredients into food processor,
Add water gradually blending into a paste,
Serve over lamb or meat dishes or your favorite 
pasta and bread !

 

Ostara, Goddess of the Spring. Also called Ostare,
Goddess of the dawn. Ceremonies occurring at sunrise on hilltops,
celebrating growth and renewal of life,
Prayers were given to assure the abundance of crops.
Eggs were eaten and exchanged as Talismans in her honor.

Eggs were left on the graves as a testament tothe belief in reincarnation.
  
Ostara by many names:

Ostara, Lady Day, Alban Eiler, or the First Point of Aries,
names by which the Vernal Equinoz is known. 


May the Goddess Bless You this Ostara Season!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Green for a Green Day!


Happy St Patty's Day!



Here are some "summer" pictures of what is 
yet to come, after this cold and damp winter of 2017,


Finally we receive our Ostara thaw!


A "heat wave" of 35,40, 
even up to 60 degrees here, 


Much of the snow is gone, 
making way for the final
rain or snow storms of March, 
Oh yes they will come, 
Can't put away the wall and
 window coverings just yet, 


Follow the Green Road, 


                                                                 

                                                    

Just a reminder of what I have to 
look forward to on
This Green Day!




Blessed Be!





Friday, March 10, 2017

March Sap Moon

March Moon know as Sap or Worm Moon
by Native American tribes,
the Sap is running and the 
earthworms are coming up to the 
top of the softening soil 
for the Robins to find !!


I Tapped my two Maple trees 
this year for the first time,
Tapped a little late, however did get the 40 gallons I need for 1 Quart of syrup,

Very exciting !!!


The Goddess for March,
She is called the Kore, or the 
Spring Maiden, Persephone, 
reunited with the Mother Goddess
of the Earth, and the renewal of life.

My Full Moon Ritual:

Ancient beings gather tonight under
the Sap Moon,
to bring about the Renewal of Life,
Goddess Persephone,
hear my plea,
Renew my life path, 
as you renew the Earth,
Warming, comforting, forgiving,

To begin again anew!!

As it is Above, so Below,
So Mote it Be!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goddesses of the Vernal Equinox




Many Goddesses are thought of at the time of Ostara,

Saxon :  Eostre
          Germanic:  Ostara,  Spring
                            Ostare,  Dawn
Cannanite:  Astarte
           Greek:  Aphrodite


However you choose the source or how to celebrate,  the Vernal equinox is
the time to honor the Goddess and what she represents,
Fertility, Marriage and Re-birth of Man, Women, and our Mother Earth.


One of the most prominent symbols of the Vernal Equinox is the Egg.



Have you ever used natural fruit or vegetable dyes for your eggs?


Here are a few I have used over the years, especially when my four children were little,


Here are the ones that have worked best for me:


Yellow:   boil skins from yellow onions for about 2 minutes, let cool,
Green:  Spinach, boil the leaves for about 2 minutes, let cool,
Blue:  Red Cabbage, cooked, a can of Blueberries, strained of course, however,
if you leave some of the pulp I have noticed it works better,



I am experimenting with Avocado peals. The avocado is supposed
to give a mauve color. I will stew the peals, strain, cool,
and put in the hard boiled eggs,
I will let you know how this turns out next time,


Meanwhile, the sun is shinning this morning, definitely a Spring Sun!
Suppose to reach 40 degrees tomorrow!


So enjoy your weekend! Happy Egg Coloring!