From all of us at Coven Life we wish you and yours a blessed and pleasant Spring.
From all of us at Coven Life we wish you and yours a blessed and pleasant Spring.
I sit here thinking I have no idea what any season is like below the equator so how am I going to write about spring before I share a family arts and craft project featuring stuff that goes with Ostara.
So instead I am going to ask those who reside in the Southern Hemisphere some questions and hopefully at least one person will share some answers. I doubt I am the only person who reads this website, not my own but other people’s posts, who would like to broaden their knowledge of the Southern Hemisphere. Priestess Hypatia lives down under but is on holiday/vacation until the first week in November so I cannot ask her to write something up.
1) Besides AntArctica do you get snow there?
2) Are the big temperature changes from spring to summer to fall to winter?
Okay, I know this question isn’t about spring but I’ve always been curious. When you flush the toilet which direction does the water swirl clockwise or counterclockwise?
3) What direction does the Sun rise from?
4) I have read conflicting articles in which some said the Moon Phases there are opposite of ours up here and others that say they are the same. Can you please tell us which is right?
4) Is it a custom there to dye eggs?
5) How big are the rabbits there and can they have a lot of litters in the same year?
6)Are there any specific flowers that bloom early signaling spring is here? Here we have Tulips, Daffodils, and others.
All of you who take time out of your busy life to answer these questions I thank you and may bountiful blessings come your way. Now onto the art project.
What You Will Need
Clothes Iron set on Low no steam
2 old towels large enough that the Waxed Paper will not come into contact with the surface you ironing on
The above things are not need if using the clear contact paper. If using this you will need a 30.48 cm (12inch) ruler or any object that is flat and can be pulled along easily
1 of each item per person or per placemat
20.32 cm by 27.94 cm (8×111/2 inche Pastel or White card Stock or Very Heavy Construction Paper
2 Sheets of Waxed Paper Width of the roll by30 cm (13 inches) long OR Clear Contact Paper
1 to 2 Sheets of objects to color
Time for Sharing
Box of Crayons or Markers
Clear Glue Stick NOT Hot Glue
How to Make a Placemat
Give each person 1 or 2 sheets of the objects to color. When they are done coloring an adult should cut out the objects.
Have the person making the place mat lay the objects out on top of the card stock however they think it looks good.
Once they make there final arrangement lift the color objects 1 at a time put a few dots of glue around the edges and a larger one in the center. Than place it back in its spot rubbing it so it sticks. Repeat this process with each object.
After all the objects have been glued in place have the person write their name, runes, symbols, or whatever they want and the adult feels is appropriate in the open spaces on the place mat.
Leave the mats where they are or place them on another flat surface to let the glue completely dry. Which should take around 1 hour. (This is a good time to have everyone clean up the scraps of paper and put all the other stuff away.
Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY place the artwork on the Waxed Paper making sure it is in the middle and straight.
IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2
Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper
1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place card stock or construction paper in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the artwork on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.
2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.
Whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere we ask that you remain attentively in the circle from the time it is casted until it is open. The reason we ask felt you to here the whole time is to share in your brothers and sister Sabbat celebration. You are welcome to do both rituals if you feel you want to and they are both calling to do them. No witch in or out oven a coven practices exactly like any other witch. Yes when we are at a gathering such as this we all are doing and saying the same things and we feel the closeness of our xpiritualnfamily but, a lot of us do other spellwork and/or ritual when we are by ourselves. This is true in almost all of the face to face covens I have visited over the years. I encourage everyone in this coven when doing things on your own, after doing the lessons that deal with rituals for safety reason, to do it in whatever why feels right to them. I did this with my face to face covens as well. So as I have told many people when asked, “How does an Online Coven Work?” I say, “That we are solitary witches some of which are learning The Craft and some of us mentor them and we come together as a spiritual family to celebrate the Moon and our holidays.”
Monday, September 23, 2019
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Northern: 1 Apple Sharp Knife 1 Orange Chime Candle (4 inches 10.16 cm long)
Southern: 1 Hard Boiled Egg colored only Crayon or a piece of wax 1 Yellow Taper Candle (30.5 cm or 12 inch long) Long Nose Pliers, Oven Mitt
Lady Beltane: I walk our circle three times while I call upon Fire, Air, and Water to be in constant motion around us, I call upon Earth to form the bottom half of the bubble from the ground to our waist, I call Spirit to form the top half of the bubble around us interlock with Earth. Our bubble of protection takes to a place that is outside of time and place. As above, so is below. As within, so is without.
EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (FIRST NAME ONLY) and what state or country you live in.
EVERYONE: Cut the apple in half horizontally, so one point of where the seeds are looks like a pentagram. Place the 2 halves side by side. Place the orange candle in the middle at the top part of the two halves. Notice that the center of the apple looks like a pentagram. One point of the seed pentagram should be facing up towards Hekate’s orange candle.
Light the orange candle while asking Hekate to enter your home to help bless it. Prayer to Hekate:
Great Mother Hekate the protector of Witches I invite you into my home and ask you to give the building and all living things dwelling in your protection and that you help guide us with your wisdom. Thank you Hekate!
Now starting at the top point of the apple pentagram going clockwise around the apples pentagram. Start at the top point ask Spirit to enter your home and bless it. Remember to touch each point of the pentagram with the index finger of your power/receiving hand as you invite each of the elements in. Next, you will ask Air to enter your home and bless it. Next comes Fire ask it to enter your home and bless it. Next, ask Water to enter your home and bless it. Finally, ask Earth to come into your home to bless it. When you are done calling in the elements wait 2 minutes thinking about your home being blessed with warmth, enough food, and warm clothes to get you through the coming colder months. Then thank the elements and Hekate for their blessing and tell them to return from where they came.
Let your candle burn all the way down.
After the circle has been opened take one half of the apple outside to share with the wildlife around your home and allow the other half to dry out in an open glass or ceramic bowl or dish and leave it out somewhere in your home to help the blessing continue.
Light the yellow candle and set it about 12 inches away but in front of you. Call Ostara to the candle. Prayer for Ostara:
Ostara from where all life comes please help give me the strength and will power to achieve the goal that I am setting for myself today. Thank you Ostara
Take 2 minutes to write one goal on your egg that you would like to achieve before Samhain arrives. Try to use only 1 or 2 words to write your goal in any type of alphabet you want to use Runes, Ogham and other types of “magickal alphabets or symbols can be found by using the search box on either Coven Life.com, WitchesofTheCraft.com or doing a search on the internet. Type in “DONE” when you are through. Now carefully holding the yellow candle allow wax from it to drip on to the egg, turn the egg so the wax gets all over it while asking Ostara to help you reach your goal. Take 2 to 3 minutes to do this step. Be very careful the hot wax does not drip onto you (I use a pair of thin long nose pliers to hold my egg and wear an oven mitt when using this ritual.) Type in the word “DONE” when you are through.
After the circle is opened take the egg outside and bury it while asking Mother Earth to help your goal to grow and be harvested on Mabon. Then work towards your goal daily until you reach it. Let the candle burn all the way down and bury the melted wax with the egg so it keeps feeding the egg energy.
EVERYONE NORTH and SOUTH: Lift your glass of juice/wine in a toast to the goddesses, and elements that helped us with all with our rituals this evening or this morning. Repeat Lady Beltane’s toast. Remember to save a little to pour on the ground as an offering to the gods and goddesses that helped us tonight.
LADY BELTANE TOAST: We raise our glasses or cups to honor Hekate, Ostara, Mother Earth, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth for their power and help with protecting and blessing our homes and/or helping us reach our goal.
EVERYONE: Type in “So mote it be” when you are done saying the toast.
EVERYONE: Raise your arms above your head palms facing the floor bring them down slowly until you touch the floor. With your hands on the floor say, ” I give this extra energy to Mother Earth to use in whatever way she needs to!” Make a one quarter turn and repeat the same movements and prayer. Type So Mote It Be when you done grounding the excess energy in your part of our circle.
LADY BELTANE: I bring us back to the Earthly plane and real time. This sacred circle is open but our spiritual ties are never broken. Go in love and peace dear brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again
Time to visit some more!!
Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. The spring equinox is at 4:58 PM CT on March 20th while the fall equinox is at 8:58 AM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.
When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.
Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.
Southern Brothers and SIsters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.
Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.
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Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on March 20th, we have Ostara to celebrate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox of you live in the sorthern hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come. There are many different ways you can celebrate this sabbat, depending on your tradition.
If you’re one of our readers in the southern hemisphere, be sure to scroll down for information on Mabon, the autumn equinox. Whichever of these sabbats you may be celebrating, I hope yours is full of magic!
|Ostara Rites and Rituals|
|Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.
Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.Setting up your Ostara Altar
Ostara Altar Photo Gallery
Ostara Ritual for Solitaries
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit – an Ostara rite for kids
Ostara Rebirthing Ritual
Ostara Labyrinth Meditation
Celebrating Ostara with Kids
|Ostara Traditions and Customs|
|Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of March? Learn why St. Patrick hated snakes, and why the Easter bunny brings eggs for us to eat!
|Ostara Craft Projects|
|As Ostara rolls in, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with a St. Patrick’s Day Snake Wreath or a basket of naturally-dyed eggs.
Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara
|No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.|
By Patti Wigington on About.com
In many cultures and societies, the egg is considered the perfect magical symbol. It is, after all, representative of new life – in fact, it is the life cycle personified. Decorate colored eggs to place around your home, place a bowl or basket of them on your altar, and include them in your Imbolc meal plans!
For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Grow them in your garden each spring by planting bulbs in the fall, and you’ll have fragrant, lovely blooms to cut and bring indoors. You can also pot some seedlings, and keep them around as a daily reminder of the beginning phases of the life cycle. Use them on your altar, or just put cuttings in jars and vases around your house. You can also hang them to dry, and then use them in spellwork all year long!
It’s spring, which means that the animal kingdom is bouncing along, full speed ahead. Rabbits are everywhere this time of year, and newborn bunnies might appear in your garden on any given day. Chicks are popping out of their eggs, and on the farms, the lambing season has begun. It’s a time of new life and rebirth, so celebrate by decorating your home with symbols of our animal friends. More »
Traditionally, there are a number of colors associated with the Ostara season. In many magical traditions, this is a time of soft pastel shades – pale blues and purples, light yellows, and pinks. Think about the things these colors can represent to you. A light green is reminiscent of the beginnings of new life in the earth, as the winter begins to wane. Pinks and yellows remind us of the bright crocuses, daffodils, forsythia and hyacinths that are blooming as the spring moves in. Use pastel cloths to drape your altar, and light colored candles around your home. More »
Ostara, like Mabon, is a time of balance. There are equal hours of darkness and light on the equinoxes, so symbols of this polarity can be incorporated into your decorations. Use a god and goddess statue, a white candle and a black one, a sun and moon, or even a yin/yang symbol. If you’ve got a set of hanging scales, drag those out, add some eggs to it, and cover it with spring flowers and ivy as a centerpiece!
For many people, this sense of balance makes Ostara a good time to focus on meditative exercise, so try one of these if you’re feeling off-kilter right now:
For more ideas for Ostara and Spring Equinox go to this link in the articale by Patti Wigington on ABout.com: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/ostaracrafts/tp/5-Easy-Decorating-Ideas-for-Ostara.htm?utm_content=20160315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan
Ostara is a time of fertility and rebirth, and few things symbolize this as well as the egg. By coloring them with bright pinks, blues and yellows, we’re welcoming the colors of spring back into our lives, and saying farewell to winter. However, a lot of commercially available egg-dying products are made from chemicals. They may not be toxic, but on the other hand, you might not have a clue what the ingredients are. Why not try using natural sources to get a variety of shades, and REALLY celebrate the colors of the season? It’s fun, and allows you to tap into your creative juices while you’re welcoming spring.
First of all, plan on only doing about 3 – 4 eggs at a time. You’ll need them to have room to bob around in the pan, and not be piled on top of one another. Before starting, poke a small hole with a pin or needle in the end of each egg. This will help keep them from cracking while they boil. You’ll really want to have at least a dozen eggs, just because it’s a lot of fun to experiment with different colors.
Start your water boiling. Use enough to cover about an inch over the tops of the eggs, but don’t put them in the pan yet. Add 2 tsp of white vinegar, and bring the water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add 3 – 4 eggs using a slotted spoon (helpful hint: do NOT let your kids drop them in the water. Trust me on this one). Next, add your coloring material. Here’s where it gets really fun!
To color your eggs, add one of the following items. You’ll have to experiment a little to see how much to add, but try different amounts to get different shades of each color. Once you’ve added your coloring, allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
After they’ve boiled, carefully remove the eggs from the pot with your slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to dry. If you’d like them darker, you can allow them to sit over night in the pot of dye, but the vinegar can weaken the eggs’ shells. When the eggs have dried completely, dab a little bit of vegetable oil on a paper towel and “polish” the eggs to give them some shine.
Keep your eggs refrigerated until it’s time to hide them, eat them, or show them off to your friends. Remember to never eat eggs that have been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours.
Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, which is coming up on March 20, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
|Setting Up Your Ostara Altar|
|Ostara is a time of balance, as well as a season of renewal. Use symbols of the season to decorate your Ostara altar – bright spring colors, rabbits and eggs, newly planted bulbs and seedlings are all things you can incorporate into an altar to reflect the themes of Ostara, the spring equinox.|
|Ostara Ritual for Solitaries|
|This basic ritual welcomes the spring and embraces the balance of the season. If you are able to do this ritual outdoors, as the sun comes up on Ostara, it can feel even more magical. Like all of our rituals, this can be adjusted as needed for your tradition, or even adapted into a group ceremony.|
|Hold a Spring Rebirth Ritual for Ostara|
|Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing — you can perform this rite either as a solitary, or as a part of a group ceremony.|
Try this simple meditation to help you attune to theelement of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. This is a perfect meditation to perform outdoors at the beginning of spring.
Ostara Labyrinth Meditation
|The Chocolate Rabbit Ritual|
|Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there’s no reason we can’t have a good time with it as well. If you’ve got kids — or even if you don’t — this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year! Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, don’t even bother clicking the link.|
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