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Rebirthing the Garden

Merry Meet All,

Happy Easter!! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Here, the weather is beautiful, my snowdrops are blossoming, and the air is crisp and fresh. It is like a real spring day. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Beltaine, as many of you know, and that happens on May 1st. Today the moon enters Sagittarius and the colour of the day is black.

Ah spring. Spring is muddy, raw, fertile. Spring is the reawakening of the earth, the return of greenery, the rebirth of plants. I prefer summer personally but nothing cheers my heart more than seeing tiny buds emerge from the soil. The buds defy winter.

April is a time when winter is fading and spring is returning. It is the in between time of the seasons. We see patches of snow on the ground and the muddy fresh soil. This is the time when people think about their gardens. Consider performing a ritual to welcome back the faeries and guardians of the garden.

You can perform this ritual indoors or outdoors. It would be better outdoors since this is to request the guardians of your garden to bless your garden.

Say this aloud: (Light a stick of incense and a candle.)
Faery guardians come and play,
Bright blessings to the Fae,
Guard and bless my garden
on this day,
Charm my garden to grow!”

Meditate and visualize faeries dancing around your garden. Bring the candle indoors and allow the incense to burn itself out. Cast off the shackles of winter. Spring is here!!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Decorating your Altar for Ostara

Merry Meet All,

I heard birds chirping away today. Their song sounds different, more lively. Of course, spring is here and that means warmer weather and a better variety of food for them. I also saw lots of people out walking their dogs today. The heavy rainfall last night almost melted all the snow. Today I stored my winter coats and boots in my broom closet. Yup. Spring is here.

There are five days till Spring Equinox. Now is the time to plan a ritual whether you are a solitary or in a coven. It is also time to refresh, dress and decorate your altar. Opt for spring colors and freshen your tools, too. Spring is about renewal and rebirth. Give your altar area a zesty cleaning to remove the stale energy of winter. Clean your altar with an invigorating cleansing infusion of mugwort and peppermint. Empower a clear quartz crystal and leave it on your altar to charge your altar with renewed energy. Sweep and wash the floor beneath your altar. Enjoy how clean your altar feels now.

You may want to renew your dedication to the Gods or deities of your choice. Leave an offering to them. I dried out lemon seeds and left them on my offering bowl on my altar. Lemons are associated with solar energy and cleansing properties. Think of what you would like to offer to your gods.

The following gemstones correspond with Ostara

Clear quartz crystal
Rose Quartz
Agate
Lapis Lazuli
Garnet

These herbs correspond with Ostara

Lemons
Lavender
Marjoram
Thyme
Honeysuckle
Lemon balm
Sunflower seeds
Roses
Tulips
Daffodils

Some activities to perform at Ostara

Dye eggs naturally
Perform a seed blessing and indoor planting ritual
Wear green clothing
Light a purple candle and burn patchouli incense. Say farewell to winter and plan for spring.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Ostara Seed packet cards

Merry Meet All,

Spring is a time to think of renewal and rebirth. The earth shows us signs of rebirth, when the snow claws back and the muddy fresh earth emerges. Buds grow on the trees and baby animals spring up everywhere. Yup spring is in the air.

Here is a Ostara craft that you can try. You will need the following:

Card-stock, or bristleboard
Envelopes
Seed packets
Glue,
Pens, markers and other craft supplies

Select a packet of seeds for each greeting card. Use the glue to attach the card to the front of the card. A hot glue gun can damage the seeds inside. It is best to use regular craft glue.

Use your pens or markers or glitter pens to write an inspiring message inside. Try:

Wishing you a blooms and abundance at Ostara!

Give the cards to friends during the Ostara season.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Ostara Eggs

Merry Meet All,

Ostara is all about fertility and rebirth. This post shows you how to dye eggs naturally. The photo above shows how eggs look after they have been dyed. I took this photo of the Ostara eggs I made last year.

Try this on three to four eggs at a time. This gives the eggs room to bob around in the pot. Prick the egg with a needle or small pin first. That keeps them from cracking as they boil.

Start your water boiling. Use enough water to cover the eggs an inch over the tops of the eggs. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add three to four eggs using a slotted spoon. Do not just drop the eggs in the water. Now you can add the colouring material.

To colour the eggs, add one of the following items. You can experiment to get different shades of colour. Once you add the colouring, allow to simmer for twenty minutes.

Red/ pink: paprika
Purple: grapes or grape juice
Yellow onion skins
Gold: curry powder or tumac
Beige: coffee grounds
Light green: chopped spinach
Blue: frozen blueberries

After the eggs have boiled, remove them from the pot with your slotted soon and leave on a paper towel to dry. If you want them darker, let them sit overnight in the pots, but that can weaken the shells. Dab on some vegtable oil to polish the eggs and give them shine.

Keep your eggs refrigerated once you have dyed them. Never eat eggs that have been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours.

Consider using stencils or patterns from herbs onto your dyed eggs. I hope you have fun with this project. Do not leave the boiling eggs unattended.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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History of Ostara

Merry Meet All,

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Ostara is almost here. It lands on March 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Ostara originated from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Spring is the time for fertility and sowing seeds. In medieval society, the March hare was regarded as a fertility symbol. There were lots of bunnies everywhere in spring. The female hare can be pregnant even while still pregnant with a first litter.

According to Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic goddess Ostara. Her feast day was celebrated on the full moon following vernal equinox. The legend is that Eostre found a wounded bird on the ground in late winter. To save the bird’s life, she transformed into a hare. The bird retained the ability to lay eggs. The hare decorated the eggs and left them as offerings to Eostre.

Now is the time to start your seedlings. I have started Brandywine tomatoes and dill plants in an eggshell tray. I also bought potted thyme. I watch the earth of my garden every day, waiting for a sign. Celebrate the balance of light and dark and the return of daylight savings time. The return of new growth is near.

Go for hikes in the forest and seek signs of early spring. Meditate on the turn in the Wheel of the Year and celebrate the return of spring.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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