Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Watching the moon rise tonight was wonderful. She was huge, cresting over a hill in the East, and the heavy winds sent clouds streaking across her face like spirits.
My energy is scattered though. Some balancing work is definitely in order. I can't sit still, or get to bed, or spend too much time one on thing before becoming distracted. My blog background has been changed 30 times, and I've re-arranged my place, and fussed over silly things. I don't usually look forward to the waning phase, but some dispersal of this energy will be good, I think!
I hope you enjoy the moon tonight in all her full glory. Sending out my excess energy to you all, to aid in your intentions and wishes. I sure have enough to go around!
Friday, March 26, 2010
I love these photos - any photos, really - of Fall, and the harvest. I should print a few out to post on my fridge. They can serve to remind me of the abundance that comes each year, to those who wait so patiently (or less patiently, in my case) for the garden to give up it's bounty.
It's hard to remember that feeling of abundance, when we are on the cusp of blossoming. Every day I'm looking for new signs of life. I'm planting seeds with whispered prayers for good roots and fruitful growth. I'm brushing away the brown leaves, looking for green shoots. It's easy to forget in my searching, that in six short months, the storehouses will be full again.
I'm a firm believer in "living in the now" and experiencing each season as it comes, but there really is something to be said for being able to soak up that feeling of Autumn's abundance now and then.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
For Kat, at Antics of a Tameran Witch:
Drummers and a flute player in Mexico at Xel-Ha. A fantastic sound that could be heard far into the park and over the water. Dusk was setting, and it had been a great day. I was so engrossed in the drums, I almost missed my bus!
For X, at Bogaman's Blog:
My first ripe tomato in my garden last year. I am always so damn excited when the tomatoes ripen! I suppose I could learn to make fried green tomatoes, but I'd rather eat a ripe one, with some sea salt and oregano!
And for Leathra, at Confessions of a Crafty Witch:
Friday, March 19, 2010
The goddess shows herself in the blossoms, the leaves on the trees, the sprouting of the crops, the mating of birds, the birth of young animals. In the agricultural cycle, it is time for planting. We are assured that life will continue.
- Waverly Fitzgerald, Celebrating the Spring Equinox
I've had one lovely Spring surprise after another, these last few days. I saw new calves in the field outside of town. The lilac bushes in the yard have burst their buds, and are showing the beginnings of green leaves. And today, I wandered through my mom's garden, nibbling on new chives, and tasting sunshine and earth and glorious freshness.
I'm off to the garden centre tomorrow to buy some potting soil and some other goodies for Ostara and my new garden. We've been so fortunate with the sunshine this week, although the wind is still chilly. Winter doesn't quite completely release her hold just yet. But there is so much Spring to be seen and felt here in Southern British Columbia, it's hard to think that Winter has any more say in our weather now.
As for Ostara, I will be doing a quiet meditation tonight, and then a ritual outside first thing in the morning (hopefully without frost!)
I hope that however you celebrate, your Ostara is lovely and bright! Spring blessings to you!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Bacchanalia was a religious festival in honor of the wine god Dionysus or, as the Romans called him, Bacchus. The bacchanalia were originally held in secret and only attended by women. (Although it was later thought that some men were admitted to the festival early on.) The festivals occurred on March 16 and March 17. Later, admission to the rites was extended to men, and celebrations took place five times a month.
Dionysus is the ancient Greek god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstacy, and a major figure of Greek mythology. He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans and the frenzy he induces. In addition to winemaking, he is the patron deity of agriculture and the theatre. He was also known as the Liberator, freeing one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy or wine.
In 186 BC the Senate decreed that the Bacchanalia were prohibited throughout all Italy except in certain special cases which must be approved specifically by the Senate. In spite of the severe punishment inflicted on those found in violation of this decree, the Bacchanalia survived in Southern Italy long past the repression.
Livy (the Roman historian) says that the rapid spread of the cult, which he claims indulged in all kinds of crimes and political conspiracies at its nocturnal meetings, led to the decree to prohibit the festivals. Some modern scholars who view the period with 21st century eyes doubt Livy's account and argue that the Senate acted against the Bacchants for one of the following reasons:
- Women occupied leadership positions in the cult (contrary to the patriarchical Roman values of the time).
- Slaves and the poor were the cult's members and were planning to overthrow the Roman government.
Although Bacchanalia doesn't get it's day or two on the calendar, I think it's a wonderful option to celebrate in lieu of St. Patrick's Day. I just can't drink green beer. But wine and revelry - absolutely. I'm not really up for the orgies and other debauchery that happenend in the 'good old days' but I think I can find enough to keep me suitably distracted!
Whatever you celebrate - Bacchanalia or St. Paddy's Day - do enjoy, and be safe!
(Information taken from www.wikipedia.com and www.about.com)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I heard someone say recently that if things are hard for you, it's an indication that the Universe thinks that you are doing really well, and is adding a few things to your load, because it thinks you can handle it. Sometimes I think the Universe overestimates my abilities!
It's been a crazy week, and I'm just finding time to breathe, although I seem to have lost an hour of that too, to "daylight savings." At any rate, I'm looking forward to a more focused and productive week coming up, and all that wonderful New Moon energy stirring.
The website is coming along and will be up and running April 1st. My bookwork is....getting close to being done. The sun is shining, and I'm enjoying a nice tall Diet Coke with a spot of lime, and some skull ice cubes - just for fun. Even after a week of struggles, I am feeling rather confident today.
I'm also feeling a bit "witchy" - which is fun. I rarely go through my day without pausing on spirituality in some way or another, but it's been a while since I felt like dancing under the moonlight, or mixing some ingredients in the old cauldron. I think I'm going to stir up something good for tomorrow night's New Moon.
What I will leave you with, is this: even at my lowest, the past week, I have rested solidly on the fact that I know who I am. I know what I believe. Even if situations shake that foundation - it's still solid. Instead of regretting what has passed, or not gone well, I will rejoice. Because I know that the future is very bright. Regardless of how much the Universe throws at me, or thinks I can handle.
How's that for optimism?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
First of all - YOU! If you haven't read each others comments from the last post - please do. You are all so bloody insightful! I really enjoyed reading everyone's ideas about perception and planning for the worst vs expecting the worst, and so on. I am basking in your brilliance!
Next - this tea makes my heart sing. Well...my tummy actually. I'm not sure if you can get it all year where you are, but I buy it in bulk when it comes out in the Fall around here. It's perfect for an after dinner tea - especially if you've had a few too many bites of spicy Italian sausage!
What is out right now, at every grocery store and flower shop is pots of min-daffodils. I've been buying these sweet things like crazy. I love the smell and the sunny yellow makes my day.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Oh no! What's that? A black panther? A Jaguar?
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
This photo is supposed to be the same moon as the picture on my post titled: "Good Energy Afoot." It was taken the same evening - just several hours later. The problem was not the copious amount of hot wings and Schmirnoff Ice I had imbibed. Really. The problem was my new camera, which has plenty of lovely settings for taking night photos, and none that actually work.
I tried all the settings. "Night Landscape." "Night Portrait." "Fireworks." Nothing worked. I may need a lesson on night photography.
Still - the photos turned out kind of surreal and mysterious. It wasn't a total loss. Just not enough of a success to try to get pics of the full moon the last two nights. Hope you were all able to get a good look, because I can't help you here - sorry!