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Ostara - Spring Equinox

  • Mar 22, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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Join us to celebrate Ostara and the Vernal Equinox!

The Equinox is a time of balance when day and night are of equal length. The Vernal Equinox not only heralds the first day of true Spring but the beginning of the six months of the year when the days will be longer than the nights. After a long winter of cold and dwindling food supplies, our ancestors looked forward to the Earth blooming and food being plentiful once again. The energies of Nature subtly shift away from the sluggishness of Winter. Now we leave the dark time of the year behind and welcome the return of the light and the exuberant expansion of Spring.

Please join us to celebrate the start of Spring with drumming, chanting and dancing!!  And, please bring a dish to share for the feast.











Spring has always been a time of rejoicing, a time of renewal and of resurrection. For centuries, the Spring Equinox was sacred to Eostre or Ostre, the ancient Goddess of Spring. From her name, we get the root word for estrogen and estrus (cores of fertility), and Easter (the Christian celebration of resurrection). Her festival was called Ostara and was often celebrated with the ritual gift of colored eggs. In nature, birds begin laying eggs when there is more than 12 hours of daylight. This is the basis of the Egg being the symbol of Spring. The golden orb of its yolk represents the Sun God, its white shell is seen as the White Goddess, and the whole is a symbol of rebirth. It is also believed that humankind first got the idea of weaving baskets from watching birds weave nests. This is perhaps the origin of the association between colored Easter eggs and Easter baskets.

So, bring something appropriate to place on the altar!!!  We are now entering the light half of the year, when the days will be longer than the nights for six months.  And, that's certainly something to celebrate!!

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  • Sandra R.

    I was so pleased with what a great Community Event we created yesterday!! We built the altar together, lots of great food for the feast and plenty of help cleaning up afterwards. Thanks to everyone for coming and helping out. And, I especially want to thank Della for her incredible Ostara Egg Tree that made a perfect centerpiece for our Altar!!

    March 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sandy - I can come up with some ideas for sure! Do you have an email address or should I start a discussion when I have ideas to see what the whole group thinks? Thanks -Kendra

      March 25, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Wonderful!! You really don't need to pass anything by me first (unless you want to). So, go ahead and start a Discussion thread... I'd love to hear suggestions from other people on the Meetup. What can we do to improve what we're already doing? What do folks want?

      March 27, 2014

  • Delphine

    Rosharra...great pics. Thanks for posting. It was good to see you.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    Welcome, welcome warm fresh Earth
    Today we celebrate rebirth
    Grass turns green for all to see
    Happy Ostara and Blessed Be

    Blowing wind and rising Sun
    Bringing Spring to everyone
    Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest
    Spring's the season we love best!

    March 23, 2014

  • Debra W.

    Lovely lively service. Than you Sandra and Andrew :)

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    For those of you who are beginners or first-time ritual attendees, I want you to know that only trained, experienced people will be participating as "celebrants" in our ritual. Being a celebrant means playing a role in the ritual like calling a quarter, casting the circle, doing the blessings, etc... All attendees are participants, but beginners won't be expected to take the role of a celebrant.

    March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      i can do something if u want

      March 22, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Thanks Melanie, I need Quarter Callers.

      March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will have the tigger with me.

    March 22, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    Dear Friends, Tomorrow is our celebration, so let me give everyone a quick summary of what is planned. We plan to arrive at 4:00pm to begin clearing the space in the Fellowship Hall and building the Altar, but the ritual won't start til at least 5:00pm or 5:15pm, depending on if everyone has arrived and if we're ready to get started. Ritual usually takes about an hour and then we have our Potluck Community Feast. And, we are grateful for everyone's help in cleaning up afterwards. If everyone can clear their own dishes and put them in the dishwasher... then no one person will wind up having to do all the cleanup.

    March 21, 2014

    • Kit

      Sandy - If I make it, I will have three kids under 8. I don't know if everyone can make it through an hour long ritual. Any chance the church would allow me to use the nursery if one of them gets too unruly?

      March 21, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Great!!! More kids!!! This should be lots of fun. We'll have lots of singing and hopefully that will keep them engaged. As far as the Nursery, I'm not sure if that part of the church will be locked up or not. So, we'll see. I'm sure it will be alright as long as you stay with them in the nursery (if it's open).

      March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Myself, my wife, and my almost two year old son.

    March 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would it be okay if we bring some loaves of good bread? Our day is a little too packed to do much cooking.

      March 21, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      That certainly sounds YUMMY to me. Believe me, I'm sure you won't be the only one stopping by the store to pick something up on the way.

      March 21, 2014

  • Rosharra

    I can wip out more, if I had somone who's willing to come to my house and give me a lift to the church, were'll have to warm everything back up, and and catch a ride with someone else on the way back!And I can bring a few cases of some to drink, but you guys have to tell me something now.

    March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am attending for the first time. I have many Pagan friends and have been longing to celebrate. What type of alter gift is appropriate? I will bring something for the feast but not certain what it will be. I am a terrible cook but think some diced up melons (cantaloupe, honeydew and maybe pineapple) can be easily done.

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Some fresh Spring flowers for the altar would be wonderful! We've got plenty of vases to choose from at the church.

      March 19, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      By the way, anything you put on the altar you can take back home with you afterwards. We don't "require" altar gifts.

      March 21, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    I just heard that Della is going to make a Ham!!

    March 20, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    How many of you out there are Gardeners? How many of you actually plant flowers or food? I'm asking because we're going to have a "blessing of the seeds" as part of our central act of magick. So, please bring your seed packets along to place on the altar!!

    March 17, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    I'm bringing deviled eggs for the feast.

    March 17, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    I want folks to start thinking about what you will plant in your life this Spring?

    March 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm going to try to plant confidence and prosperity in my life, and also a salsa garden :)

      March 14, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Excellent!!

      March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was just wondering if this is on Saturday or Sunday, it says Saturday here, but Sunday on the church's website. I'm looking forward to attending if I can. I am very excited for longer days and warmer weather!

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Hi Kelsey, thanks for bringing the calendar mixup to my attention. The church secretary made a mistake when updating the website. It really is on Saturday.

      March 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem, thank you for the clarification.

      March 14, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    Wow... it's going to be in the 50's over the weekend!! Equinox is coming!! We're certainly ready for it.

    March 14, 2014

  • Rosharra

    Hey I have already register for that pagan gathering in June. Who else is going?

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Moondust

      PSG? too expensive for us when all taken in, gas & food & entrance cost, plus we have 4 dogs that would have to go to boarding place @ $30 per dog per day. will find local solstice ritual to go to instead

      March 7, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      That's too bad... there's just something about getting away from the regular world for an entire week and creating a Village at the Pagan Spirit Gathering. Being able to "hob nob" with kindred spirits from a 5 State radius and the many opportunities for spiritual growth through out the entire week.

      March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi everyone!! i'm new to the area in hampshire, and i was wondering if i could possibly catch a ride with anyone? i would really appreciate it, i can pitch in for gas!

    March 9, 2014

    • Sandra R.

      Hi Angie, I'm not sure we have any regular attendees who come from Hampshire. Perhaps, if you could catch the train into Elgin, we can have someone pick you up from the train station on the way to the church.

      March 12, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    Can you feel the changes in the air? I think the back of winter has been broken. The birds are singing, the snow is melting...

    Mother I feel you under my feet
    Mother I feel your heart beat
    Heya heya heya heya heya
    Heya heya heya heya heya

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Rosharra

    How does turkey, and dressing, cranberry sauce on side,yellow cake with cholocate icing, sour cream-garlic Mashed Potatoes sounds to everyone

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Rosharra

    I know what im cooking but I dont have an car to put the food in. Any idea's anyone?

    March 5, 2014

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