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March 7, 2006
Volume 2, Issue 3
A Fresh Start...
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March, the 3rd month of the year, was the 1st month of the Roman calendar. March is a time of cosmic magic and surprises. It is a cold, gray month, highlighted by afternoons of bright sunlight. The Sacred Wheel is ever turning, and the world begins to renew itself. Traditionally, March is said to “come in like a lion and go out like a lamb”. Physically, this is true. March’s high winds and snowstorms eventually give way to warm days speckled with green buds on every tree and shrub. But metaphysically, the opposite is happening. The sleeping, frozen winter earth begins to awaken with the energy and power of new life. This marks March as a time of hope, abundance, and infinite possibility. The month’s major holiday is Ostara, the Vernal Equinox – a time when the day and night are equal in length, creating a cosmic balance that makes all things possible. These days, society tends to skip the Equinox and jump right to a christianized Easter. Both focus on renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings. Symbolized by eggs, bunnies, butterflies, and flowers, this time of year is associated with Gaia, Demeter, and Persephone. Ostara gives us the opportunity to see and value all gifts from God/dess, and to see the harvests and completions that exist within every new beginning.


The Promise of a New Season

With the increasingly lengthening sunny afternoons, both kids and adults alike are itching to spend more time outside. Make some homemade kites that can soar to the spirit realm. Write wishes on the kite tails - or on leaves, if making a kite is beyond your skills, and let the wind carry your wishes to the Divine. Dye and decorate a few raw eggs and one hard-boiled egg. Then have the eldest member of the family divide the hard-boiled egg for the whole family to share to keep your family together. Bury a raw, specially decorated egg by your front door to protect your home. You can also fill a red, plastic egg (or blow out a real egg, dyed red) with a small rose quartz crystal, some rose petals, and a sprig of catnip to encourage love. And remember, crushed eggshells are wonderful for your gardening soil. So dust off your gardening tools and start planning your spring gardens. Consider planting tulips and daffodils to encourage honor, luck, and love to bless your home and family.


O’ Patrick . . . Oh, My!

The 17th of March holds a lot of meaning for those of Irish descent. Much lore and myth surround the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally it was a Catholic holy day celebrating the conversion of a man, who embraced his new religion so closely, he felt it necessary to host one of the largest book burnings in history in order to drive (convert/kill) the snakes (pagans) out of Ireland. The shamrock, a St. Patrick’s Day symbol, stems from a tale of how the Christian’s Trinity was explained to potential converts – and of course how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost was compared to the Mother, the Maiden, and the Crone. These days, the Irish utilize St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate their heritage, eating corned-beef and cabbage, and drinking green beer. So forget the dogma and politics surrounding it’s origin! Spend time outside today with your family. Try to find four-leaf clovers hidden in the grass, or look for a haze tree. Gather hazel tree sticks or twigs to use as wands in your rituals. Collect some hazelnuts and feed them to your partner as a love charm. Just don’t forget to thank the tree when you are done. Oh, and hazelnuts also promote fertility – so be forewarned!


Go Fly a Kite!

It’s real easy. All you need is a piece of paper, some popsicle sticks or tree twigs, some ribbon, and some string or yarn. Take the twigs or sticks and make a cross in the center of the paper. Secure them with glue or tape. Then fold the corners of the paper inward and secure them as well. Now is a good time to decorate and write your wishes or messages to Spirit on the kite. Next attach a colorful ribbon for a tail. Now secure the string to the center of the paper and your are done! This paper kite is not made to last, so be sure to explain to any young ones that if the string snaps or the kite flies away this just means God/dess has decided to answer their wishes!


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