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Next Holiday: Ostara March 20, 2019

Now comes the vernal equinox, and the season of spring reaches its apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane. Once again, night and day stand 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 Mabinogion myth reconstruction that I have proposed, 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.   

For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Ostara click here


Next Holiday Southern Hemisphere: Mabon
March 20, 2019

For an article on Mabon by Mike Nichols click here.

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Your Own Celebrations of Spring

Three months.  Three glorious months.  After a long cold winter, it comes just when you need it most:  Spring.

We may not realize it, but we spend 25% of our lifetime experiencing Spring.  While many people mark the first day of Spring with ritual, Spring itself is a ritual; it is a celebration that lasts for three months.  You already may be celebrating the season in more ways than you think.

The Ghost of Springtimes Past

Keep a journal?  (Of course you do, even if it’s in your head!)  Page back through your memoirs of last Spring.  What was going on in your life?  What troubled you?  What filled you with joy or kept you busy during those months?  What was life like for you just a wheel’s turn ago?  Now page back even further, back into the memories of Springs long ago sprung.  How many Springtimes back does your journal go?  Two, three, a dozen?  Frolic through you own recollections of things that took place in late March, April, May and early June.  Do you see a pattern?  Do similar challenges keep springing into your life around this time of year?  Look at how your situation has changed since then, and see the progress you’ve made over the seasons.  Note both what has changed and what has stayed constant.  Now, after looking back at your own life through your journal, look ahead at what you might expect for this coming Spring?

Divination

If Springtime looks ahead toward things to come, why not try doing a special form of divination tailored for Spring?  How might divination methods vary with the seasons?  What method fits best for you, and with Springtime’s unique energy?  In addition to the time-tested traditional tools of divination, you might try using a few objects naturally associated with Spring.  Try using the seeds of seasonal fruit, ones that are abundant in your area come Spring.  Maybe you could scry into a bowl of water collected from April showers?  Or perhaps use petals from the May flowers?  (She loves me; she loves me not…only a daisy knows for sure!)

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