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March 20-21 Spring Equinox. Do a ritual bath today for personal “spring cleaning.”
On this day, an annual Spring Harvest Festival was celebrated in ancient Egypt, along the banks of the River Nile, in honor of the Mother-Goddess and the enchantress, Isis.
This day is sacred to the goddess Fortuna, the Morrigan, the Norns, the Three Fates, and the Three Mothers (Lakshmi, Parvati, and Sarasvati).
The Spring or Vernal Equinox – 8:00 P.M. EST. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” The equinox refers to the point at which the Sun crosses the plane of the Earth’s Equator from south to north, making night and day equal length all over the planet, signaling the beginning of nature’s renewal in the northern part of the world. Pagan: The Spring Equinox — called the Festival of Trees, Ostara, and the Rites of Eostre, among many names in many traditions — is a fertility festival celebrating the birth of Spring and the reawakening.
Southern Hemisphere ~ Mabon Thanksgiving (Second Harvest) Autumn Equinox ~ Giving thanks, Reflection.
Egyptian: Feast of Sexual Fertility of Min.
March 21 Day Dedicated to Sun Goddesses. Honor the Sun’s role in Spring’s rebirth with incense and flame.
On this date (approximately), the Sun enters the astrological sign of Aries. Persons born under the sign of the Ram are said to be courageous, intelligent, impulsive, and aggressive. Aries is a fire sign and is ruled by the planet Mars.
Slavic Pagan: Maslenitsa – Suhii (March) 21 – Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts.People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing,wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun. More: http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
Attis – Attis was the lover and grandson of Cybele, the Attic Goddess who was known as mother of mountains and depicted flanked by lions. When Attis betrayed her, she hunted him down and drove him insane. He tore off his genitals because they had caused him to betray her.
Originally a Phyrgian Goddess, Cybele’s worship was imported to Rome, where she was called Magna Mater (Great Mother). Emperor Claudius popularized the Phyrgian tradition of bringing a young pine tree representing Attis into the city like a corpse, swathed in linen and woolen sashes and decked with violets. Members of the Tree Bearer’s Guild (dendrophori) carried it through the city gate and into Cybele’s sanctuary which stood on Vatican Hill, near where St Peter’s stands now.
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994
Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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