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Spring Equinox Brings Healing

For the first time in almost two weeks, I am among the living. I have been laid to waste with pneumonia and today was the first day in 12 days that I could leave the house.

I don’t get sick. Healers and caregivers usually don’t; we tend to have strong constitutions. The last time I was this ill, I was in my twenties, so it has been long. It caught me off-guard; it slowed me down to a crawl. The caregiver needed to have someone care for her. Thankfully I did have that – my mother and good friends who called me to cheer me up even when I couldn’t speak due to hoarseness. Thank you Goddess for helping me slow down a bit. I needed that.

I was able to cast some spells on the New Moon which actually helped to bring my energy way up. No wonder there! I’ve been casting right along this week, catching up on everything and will be mailing out results finally. I am fortunate enough to have wonderful and understanding clients. There were a couple that I think thought I was making it up or had an excuse or something; but only a couple of them out of so many tells me I have compassionate and kind-hearted clients.

I do not use traditional medicine unless I have absolutely no choice and I had none this time. Still I drank gallons of herbal brews and tisanes with honey and drank juice and took Flower Essences to help. My Doctor was impressed. He said usually patients who come down with pneumonia have it at least 2 and half weeks or more.

Today is a special day – the Spring Equinox – also known as Ostara. This is the pagan version of Easter. It usually falls on the 21st or 22nd of March.

The Equinox is also the perfect time for a witch to take stock of her magick. I am a witch who believes strongly in the concept of Spring Cleaning – meaning out with the old and tired and open up with the new and flourishing. I take stock of spells, oil mixes, herbal freshness, candle supplies as well as mix up new batches of magickal oils and powders. The Spring is all about renewal.

Here is more on Ostara:

It is loosely based on several holidays which were celebrated around the Vernal Equinox, and not having a strong relation to any known historical Paganreligious observation. The name goes back to Jakob 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 a book by the Venerable Bede. Bede had put forward the thesis that the Anglo-Saxon name for April: Eosturmonath was named after a goddess Eostre.

Ostara is one of the eight major Wiccan holidays or sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. Ostara is celebrated on the Vernal 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.

“The Festival of Ostara at the spring equinox marks the end of winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth (spring), and is celebrated by a feast in honor of Frigg and Freya.

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.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone: Jasper

Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.