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Blessed Ostara: Hello Spring!

Last December, on the third night of Yule- I looked ahead to the third month of 2017- March. In honor of Ostara, I asked myself a few questions about growth.

Now that Ostara has arrived, I’ve finally found the answers I was looking for and they all conclude that this is the time of my new beginning.

Things in my life are changing, evolving- growing into something truly special. In order to manifest my best life, I had to let go of the fear that I wasn’t good enough to deserve it.

And so I planted a little seed in my mind that everything I’ve ever wanted is within my grasp. That seed grew some roots which made its way down to my heart.

In February, I worked on loving myself more and battled my Shadow who had put the self-doubt within me. It wasn’t an easy feat but I’ve become stronger than my Shadow, like my own little cheerleader.

And once my seed grounded itself within my heart, its life-force began to take over. Its essence healed my broken spirit and made it stronger. Finally, I believe in myself and I know I deserve everything I desire.

My dreams were simply waiting for me to wake up.

In celebration of this renewed sense of life, I’m celebrating Ostara with these fun Spring activities.

Decorating my Spring Altar

The bird’s nest is a symbol of the home and the egg symbolizes growth & new beginnings. For a self-proclaimed hermit, the home is very important to me. I treat it as my creative sanctuary, representing freedom, safety and comfort. My living arrangements will be changing very soon and so the symbolism of the bird’s nest means a lot to my current transition. This little beauty will be sitting prominently on my colorful altar throughout Spring.

Ostara Nest

Faery Gardens

I love honoring the Fae, especially this time of year. Their playful curious energy is felt as the flowers begin to bloom and the animals enjoy the returning warmth. Recently I created a little Faery Garden with my nieces and nephew. There’s nothing more infectious than the enthusiasm of a child. We enjoyed foraging the yard for dead leaves, grass & bits of weeds to decorate with. I taught them how to honor Mother Nature by asking for permission before taking what they wanted to use. And together we sat outside in the fresh air, crafting a magickal little sanctuary for our faery friends.

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Birdseed Ornaments

This past Imbolc, I made a ton of Birdseed Ornaments which have been enjoyed by the neighborhood birds and squirrels. On Ostara, I also like to pay reverence to our furry and feathered friends who are chirping the songs of Spring & reminding us of the fertility of the Earth, humans and animals alike.

Ostara Ornament & Nest

How are you enjoying Ostara? What seeds are you planting on this beautiful day?

Leave me a reply & let me know.

Blessed Be, lovelies.

May your Spring be filled with love & magick.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Plan with a Witch: Imbolc

Of all the Sabbats, I relate to Imbolc on a very spiritual and meaningful level. I connect with the imagery of a slumbering land, hiding beneath the winter snow on the cusp of awakening and renewal.

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My name Snow Orchid, reveals this story of my soul- a fairy tale of tragedy, courage and love.

Snow- both beautiful and delicate can also be relentless and unyielding. In the cold, dark winter months snow symbolizes this virtue of inner-strength.

The ever-present snow that lingers within my heart tells of the hardships I’ve endured, the tears I’ve cried and the battles I have fought. Yet deep beneath the blanket of white, life stirs and waits to be reborn. The orchid- delicate and elegant in stature rises tall from the dark moist soil symbolizing love, reverence and grace.

I chose this name long ago to remind myself not to let the snow ice my heart. But instead, let it be a reminder of all that I’ve gone through, the strength it’s given me and the importance of living, loving and surviving with honor and integrity.

“The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character will not let poverty deter their will to be guided by high principles and morals.” –Confucius

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Today I’m planning out my Imbolc celebration, designing my ritual and the ways I want to honor the Maiden Goddess and coming of the Spring.

Goat’s Milk

As Spring approaches we celebrate the milk which has begun to flow within the animals.Goat’s milk candles can be made by melting beeswax in a double broiler, stir in the goat’s milk until combined and following the process of candle-dipping until at least ½ an inch thick. Or you could visit your local farmer’s market and support the candle-makers of your community, which is probably what I will be doing. Goat’s milk soap smells delicious and can be used in your purification bath before ritual. I recommend honey almond oatmeal goat’s milk bars- they’re divine.

Blessing Tools

 The time for action is near and Spring signifies the work of planting and sowing the seeds we want to see grow successfully. At this time, planting tools are blessed to ensure healthy growth and a bountiful harvest. If you’re not much of a gardener, consider blessing the tools of your trade. As a writer and photographer, I will be blessing my books, pens, laptop and camera.

Braided Bread

An Estonian Kringle is a rich buttery cinnamon bread which is rolled, split in half and braided to form a beautiful circle of deliciousness. The braided bread symbolizes Brigid, weaving her two roles as the maiden goddess of fertility and the hearth.

Bird Seed Ornaments

To treat our feathery friends who have endured the winter, birdfeeders can be crafted into cute snowflake or star ornaments and hung outside for them to enjoy.

Imbolc Cappuccino

Every time I make myself a cappuccino, I think of Imbolc.  The warm brown coffee lying beneath a topping of whipped frothy cream- it’s no wonder why it’s my favorite way to enjoy coffee. I’ll be sipping a nice big cup of it on Imbolc morning as I greet the rising sun and welcome the longer days to come.

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How do you plan on celebrating Imbolc?

Leave a reply and let me know!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch