Oestara Is Also The Spring Equinox

Oestara Is Also The Spring Equinox

It is no coincidence that the name for this sabbath sounds similar to the word ‘Easter’. Eostre, or Ostara, is an Anglo-Saxon Dawn Goddess whose symbols are the egg and the hare. She, in turn, is the European version of the Goddess Ishtar or Astarte, whose worship dates back thousands of years and is certainly pre-Christian. Eostre also lives on in our medical language in the words ‘oestrous’ (the sexual impulse in female animals) and ‘oestrogen’ (a female hormone). Today, Oestara is celebrated as a spring festival. Although the Goddess put on the robes of Maiden at Imbolg, here she is seen as truly embodying the spirit of spring. By this time we can see all around us the awakened land, the leaves on the trees, the flowers and the first shoots of corn.

Oestara is also the Spring Equinox, a time of balance when day and night are equal. As with the other Equinox and the Solstices, the date of this festival may move slightly from year to year, but many will choose to celebrate it on 21 March. In keeping with the balance of the Equinox, Oestara is a time when we seek balance within ourselves. It is a time for throwing out the old and taking on the new. We rid ourselves of those things which are no longer necessary – old habits, thoughts and feelings – and take on new ideas and thoughts. This does not mean that you use this festival as a time for berating yourself about your ‘bad’ points, but rather that you should seek to find a balance through which you can accept yourself for what you are.

There is some debate as to whether Oestara or Imbolg was the traditional time of spring cleaning, but certainly the casting out of the old would seem to be in sympathy with the spirit of this festival and the increased daylight at this time encourages a good clean out around the home.

 

Kate West

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Ostara – Spring Equinox

Ostara – Spring Equinox

Ostara: Oestre, Easter, the Spring Equinox, Vernal (Spring) Equinox, Alban Eiler (Caledonii).

March 20 – 23 Northern Hemisphere / September 20 – 23 Southern Hemisphere

Traditionally March 21st

The Spring Equinox is the point of equilibrium – and it celebrates the arrival of Spring, when light and darkness are in balance but the light is growing stronger. The forces of male and female are also in balance.

The Easter Bunny also is of Pagan origin, as are baskets of flowers.

A traditional Vernal Equinox pastime: go to a field and randomly collect wildflowers (thank the flowers for their sacrifice before picking them). Or, buy some from a florist, taking one or two of those that appeal to you. Then bring them home and divine their Magickal meanings by the use of books, your own intuition, a pendulum or by other means. The flowers you’ve chosen reveal your inner thoughts and emotions.

Cultivating herb gardens is also a fine Ostara project . This is the time to free yourself from anything in the past that is holding you back.

Special Kitty of the Day for March 16th

Eve, the Cat of the Day
Name: Eve
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Bengal mix
Home: West Vancouver, British Columbia
Eve is beautiful, outspoken, rambunctious, intelligent, athletic, creative, a skillful hunter and very helpful – at least that’s what she tells me accurately describes her wonderful purrsonality. I must agree – she is all that and more. We love her because she sweetly embraces all that life has to offer; because she is the most affectionate kitty we have ever known and because she chose to spend her life with us.

Eve was a rescue who had been adopted by one of our neighbors from a local Vancouver organization. In May 2006 Eve walked into my garden and stayed. After discovering who her adoptive parents were and attempting to take her back home on numerous occasions, it became clear to all parties involved that Eve had chosen her home. (Did I mention she is very opinionated?) Our neighbors very graciously surrendered Eve into our care and she has been with us ever since.

There have been challenges along the way but none that we could not overcome and today our lovely Eve has successfully managed to completely master our lives. There is no doubt who in our home is the Alpha – she has it all in the bag. Eve has added another dimension to life as we knew it and we are only too happy to accommodate her. She is, without a doubt, our most precious baby.

Dog-gone Doggie of the Day for March 16th

Buster, the Dog of the Day
Name: Buster
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Home: Roscoe, Illinois, USA
Buster was just thirteen pounds at six weeks of age when we brought him into our family. He was shy, timid, yet playful and full of energy. By the time he turned one, he was near 100 pounds and had become very protective of the four kids. He knows when it is time for the school bus to drop off the kids because then he gets to play his favorite game – FRISBEE. He will wait for you to throw his Frisbee, catch it, bring it back to you, and do this again and again without ever stopping. Nothing can distract him when he is playing Frisbee. You can try to give him his favorite treats — carrots, green beans, apples, and he will just turn up his nose because all he wants to do is play Frisbee. He won’t forget about the treats because when he’s done playing, he comes back in the house looking all over for the treats. He knows a lot of tricks. He can open doors. Although we are trying to teach him how to close the door behind him. He wakes each one of the kids up with kisses and nibbles on the bed. After each one is awake and ready to go to school, he lays down because his job is done. If there is any water outside, you will see Buster laying in it. He loves to play and swim in water. He’s not particular if it’s his pool or a mud puddle. Buster is such a huge part of our family. We love our Buster!

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, March 16th

We are masters of organization today, which can increase productivity. Ironically, being so preoccupied with having everything in order can impede our progress. The methodical Capricorn Moon reminds us to tighten up all systems, yet something unexpected might upset our plans and add chaos to the day. If our schedules are disrupted, we should take it as a sign that we are being too rigid and need to loosen control before continuing with our work.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might feel as if you’re being attacked today by someone who is simply trying to improve your efficiency. But don’t be too quick to compromise yourself by changing your behavior to accommodate others. There’s no need to pretend that you’re willing to modify your approach just to avoid a confrontation. Fortunately, if you’re honest about your motives right from the beginning, you will be less likely to provoke any trouble.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Although problems may arise at work today, they will probably be minor ones. Still, you don’t need to feed them with your insecurities. Instead, use the down-to-earth Capricorn Moon to plant your best ideas, allowing them to slowly take root for future growth. You might think that you have to disclose all your ideas now, but this assumption can get you into trouble. Patience is one of your innate virtues, so slow down and let everything develop naturally.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You are usually at your best when your world is buzzing with lots of mental stimulation. However, you can get so excited today that you say something that’s best kept to yourself. You intuitively recognize that plans may change several times before the day is done. Practicing meditation or breathing techniques can help settle your busy mind.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Someone may come to you with a sensible idea today, but it doesn’t fit into your tight schedule. Analyzing all the facts might not help you decide what to do. You could listen to other people’s stories yet still resist helping them out. Or you could just jump in, even if it means putting your own issues on the back burner. Go for the assist; it won’t be as time consuming as you think and the intangible rewards make it worthwhile.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

If you come up with a good idea today, you will have to make the effort to see it through. That might seem fair, but why is it that if someone else suggests a plan now, you are still the one who has more work to do? Unfortunately, changing these inequitable dynamics appears to be beyond your reach. Although you want more control of your own life, it’s better to do what’s expected of you now. You’ll have a chance to put things back in balance soon enough.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be thankful today because your common sense is keeping you in line. Although one part of you is bored with the regular routine, you might not be ready to break free just yet. Even if you’re raring to go, others are counting on your stability, so bolting isn’t necessarily a wise move. Hold on to your horses; waiting for the right time to initiate action is always a smart idea.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It may be difficult to understand how your own fears influence your judgments and push you toward one decision or another. Just remember that your integrity is ultimately more important than what others think of you. Don’t get distracted by the intellectual noise. Enjoy the quiet while you can find it; your thoughts speed up tomorrow, making it harder to reclaim the peace of knowing what’s true.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You have set your heart on a bigger prize today, an emotional treasure that’s buried deep beneath the surface. A minor irritation at work can provoke you to withdraw and escape into your imagination, but turning inward now stirs old fears that only get in the way of progress. Unquestionably, it’s smarter to deal directly with an annoyance before it turns into something bigger that becomes unmanageable.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Make the most of your authority today by sharing your experiences instead of just bossing someone around. You have recently returned to Earth from a journey to the outer limits of possibilities. Thankfully, you can finally hear the voice of common sense, even though it has taken away your wings. Keep both feet on the ground until you see tangible results from your heartfelt efforts.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Although you may think that time has run out, the game isn’t over. Don’t trust your senses now, for a trick of light can warp your perceptions to match your desires. There is more going on than meets the eye as the Moon in your sign reminds you that simple logic can’t always override an intense feeling. Denial is not a viable strategy, so keep an open mind until your head and your heart are in agreement.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You might not want others to see how serious you are today because you think their assumptions will paint you into a corner. You’re afraid of being stuck in a role you don’t want to play. It’s important to keep your options open as mischievous Mercury backs into your key planet Uranus over the next couple of days, throwing a few unexpected curve balls and playing tricks on your mind. Don’t be overly concerned by what anyone else thinks; you don’t need to conform to their expectations.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may be the conscientious person who holds everyone’s interests together today, even if you sacrifice your own point of view in the process. The responsible Capricorn Moon’s visit to your 11th House of Teamwork enables you to keep your preferences to yourself in the name of community spirit. Just remember that your feelings are important, too, even if they are temporarily subsumed by the needs of the larger group.

Your Daily Correspondences for Friday, March 16th

 

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Correspondences for Friday, March 16th

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow

Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

 

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The Wicca Book of Days for March 16th – Gabriel, the Go-between

The Wicca Book of Days for March 16th

Gabriel, the Go-Between

As a Piscean day, March 16’s astrological element is Water, which in esoteric belief, is in turn associated with Gabriel. Gabriel’s correspondences also include Winter and the West, the direction in which you should turn when invoking this Archangel. In Christianity, Gabriel is best known as the messenger from God who announced her impending motherhood to the Virgin Mary, but he is specifically mentioned by name in the old Testament Book of Daniel as helping Daniel to interpret his visions. And in the apocryphal Book of Enoch, Gabriel is “one of the holy angels who is (watches) over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim.

Seeking Guidance

If you are puzzling over an enigmatic dream or vision, try respectfully requesting from Gabriel the same help that he gave Daniel. You may be blessed to feel the presence of this angelic being with you, ready “to give thee skill and understanding.” (Daniel 9:22)

*Remember there are various Pagan Traditions that use Saints and Archangels in their Religious Practices.

Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for Friday, March 16th

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Today’s Affirmation for Friday, March 16th

I can achieve any goal I set myself if I choose my goals wisely. I dedicate myself to the goals that really matter. 

 

Today’s Thought for Friday, March 16th 

“The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain.”Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) 

 

Today’s Talisman for Friday, March 16th 

Focus On A Pebble

You can use a pebble as a talisman to act as a focus for your ambitions and goals. Hold the pebble in your hand and focus your attention on it. Look at the smooth grain of its surface and the variations in hue, and feel the cool hardness of the pebble against your skin. Now close your eyes and squeezing the pebble tightly in one hand, wish for the fulfilment of an important dream or goal. As you do so imagine that the stone is glowing in your hand, charged with the energy of your wish. Put the stone in a place where you will see it on a daily basis to remind you of your goal. Whenever you are about to take a step toward achieving your goal and require an extra boost, squeeze the stone in your hand to summon your energies and focus your mind. 

As well as pebbles, there are many other things that you can use as talismans – for example, a semi-precious stone or crystal, a pendant or a small toy or doll. 

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