The Spring Equinox 2021 is Saturday, March 20th. Set up your Ostara altar outdoors to celebrate nature. Your altar needs to be positioned where the morning sun will reflect upon it. Put some stones and flowers, (loose or potted), soft colors of candles, write a poem and a list of your spring desires, a love letter
Spring Equinox, Ostara, Eostre, Easter, Vernal Equinox
By Tara Sutphen
Spring Equinox is March 20, 2021 and marks the mid-point of the Waxing Year, the nights and days are balanced once again; the time when Kore, (Persephone) was believed to have returned from the Underworld where she had ruled throughout the Winter. The spark of light, born at Winter Solstice has reached maturity, and from here onwards, the days progressively grow longer than the nights.
Western culture proclaims this the first day of Spring. Older traditions called the Spring Equinox, Ostara; the time of the festivals of the Grecian Goddess, Eostre, and the Germanic Ostara, both fertility Goddesses of Dawn. These influenced the naming of the modern-day Easter Holiday. New greenery bursts forth from sleeping seeds in the countryside, as metaphorically, pagans also plant their own seeds for future goals, future projects and growth at this time. Decorated eggs, being symbols of fertility are symbolic of Ostara.
In days gone, Europeans gave gifts of decorated eggs to new brides, in the hope that they would bear many children. Similarly, bowls filled with eggs were given to farm workers by the farmer’s wife, to ensure a rich harvest. Most all cultures see the egg as a symbol of Life; the actual home of the Soul. In Russia, decorated eggs are still given as gifts to loved ones and buried in graves to ensure rebirth. The women gathered the eggs only from hens which were around a rooster and decorated them, allowing no one to watch them work as they transferred the goodness of the household to the designs on the eggs, thus keeping evil away. Dyes were mixed to secret family recipes and special blessings placed on each egg.
Colors of Ostara Eggs:
- Wisdom, a successful Harvest, or Spirituality
- Spring, rebirth, wealth, youth, growth, happiness
- Good health, clear skies
- Power endurance, ambition, courage
- Happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love
- Enrichment, good harvest, happiness
- Faith, trust, power
- Success, friendship, love
- The custom of eating Hot Cross Buns also has pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honor of Eostre; Ancient Greeks consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, and the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis.
- There are conflicting ideas as to what the cross symbol represents. One suggestion is that it is a Christianisation of horn symbols that were stamped on cakes to represent an ox, which used to be sacrificed at the time of the Spring Equinox. Another theory relates to Moon worship; the bun representing the full Moon, and the cross, its four quarters. Christianity gave new meanings to the symbolism of the buns, saying the cross represented the Crucifixion Cross. Thus, superstitions arose crediting these buns as being charms against evil, so after Good Friday, people would save one or two of them to hang in their homes as amulets. During the festival season and indeed, for a long time afterwards, fishermen would carry these Easter buns in their boats, for protection.
- The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s peak, with the powers of light increasing. The God of Light, (Llew), now gains victory over his twin, the God of Darkness. Llew was reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now old and strong enough to vanquish his rival twin and mate with his Mother Goddess. The great Mother Goddess, who returned to her Virgin aspect at Imbolc, welcomes the young Sun God’s attentions and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice, when the cycle closes, only to begin anew.
- The Easter Bunny is another symbol which has obvious links to fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life which is evident in Spring.
- Eostre was a playful Goddess whose reign over the earth began in Spring when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, bringing the end of Winter. Eostre came down to Earth then, appearing as a beautiful maiden with a basket of bright colorful eggs. Eostre’s magical companion was a rabbit who accompanied her as she brought new life to dying plants and flowers by hiding the eggs in the fields.
- Dairy foods
- Leafy Green Vegetables
- Nuts such as Pumpkin
- Hot Cross Buns
- Flower Dishes
- Herbs and Flowers
- spring flowers.Incense
- FloralsSacred Gemstone
Hot Cross Buns
1/4 cup apple juice, beer or rum
1 cup raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups milk
3 large eggs, 1 separated
6 tablespoons soft butter
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup & 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 teaspoons milk
2 3/4 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup beer or apple juice
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 tablespoon honey
9×5 Bread Pan
Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast
Beer or Apple juice and other ingredients
warm the beer/ingredients on the stove.
Add egg last – cover & let raise 30 mins.
Kneed on flour surface, cover & let raise another 20 mins
Grease pan: place in pan, cover & let “another” 20 mins
Lavender Goat Cheese Figs
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried lavender
1/2 tablespoons honey
cut figs in half, spoon in cheese/lavender mixture
ps. Happy Fall Equinox to the Southern Hemisphere –
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Full Snow Moon
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Snow Moon (Native American) at 8* Virgo will culminate on February 27, 2021 12:19 PM PT / 3:19 AM ET (Farmers Almanac).
This Snow Moon reminds you to look in the mirror and admire yourself. You are the scientific progress of Gods best human specimen, you are a living miracle. Hold that thought. Remember you have come to earth to be the best you. Are you holding up well. How is your intellect, emotions, physical stamina these days. You might wonder how to concentrate on what you need. What are your innermost desires. Looking deeper into your yearnings. If you don’t feel you are living up to your potential, you need to start making slow and steady changes to enhance your mind, body, and lifestyle.
When it comes to strengthening the mind, it’s not about dulling it down. People confuse themselves with all sorts of sidetracking. You can collect medicines, bad foods, superficial ideas, sleep deprivation, incompatible people and many other influences.
Changes usually are simple and natural. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make uncomplicated choices to fix your life. Feeding oneself is not only about food. For the brain, it’s about ideas and wisdom. We reason to make rationale and sound choices. We might have an idea of what our existence should look like. But is it matching how your life is occurring day to day. You generally know what you don’t want, there are guidelines to achieve what you do.
What are some of the solutions you could come up for yourself in fixing what isn’t working. Change happens with a psychological choice and follow through. To gain respect you must be respectful. To gain knowledge, you must study. To gain wisdom you must be insightful. To be healthy in every way we must follow the path of grace.
Write a paragraph on your “unrestful mind”
When did you start to doubt yourself.
Where did life start to get in the way.
Have you been paying enough attention to your health.
Have you been paying enough attention to your confidence and self-worth.
Do you take time to be good at everything you do.
Are you taking less than?
What do you need to make your wishes come true
——Become a person with inner depth. Virtues are cornerstones to building a strong foundation. Be sympathetic on yourself, which may mean you have to be strong enough to let your ego rest and actually be willing to develop and round out some of the cardinal virtues.
—-“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”
How to have Positive Emotions:
Soothe the self. Learn to feel okay. Practice peace of mind. Actuate your emotions into feeling self-assurance or come back to your inner sanctum. You don’t need to create disorder, and don’t react when others are creating chaos or over-reacting. This is about you, and your progression in life. Don’t let others set the tone on what you’re to feel. It’s not a “letting go”, but a “letting it be”. ~Tara Sutphen #rejuvenation #reactivate #tarasutphen #mindfulness #meditation #tarasutphenprivatesessions #tarainsightdotcom
By Tara Sutphen
the Sabbats, it is an ancient festival generally celebrated on January 31, February 1, or February 2. It is also known as Candlemas, Brighid (“breed/bride”), and Oimelc (“EE-mulk”) which means ewe’s milk. It is the time of year halfway between December 21, the winter Solstice (Yule) and March 21, the spring Equinox (Ostara). Imbolc is in the middle of winter, but is the optimism of spring.The Egyptians and the Romans also celebrated this time, as it was the earth goddess giving birth to the Sun God. The time to ready seeds for the planting of food. A time of planning weddings, love, and romance. Days are getting longer and hope is renewed. The celebration is to light candles. Night of white candles turns the darkness into light.
Curling up with a good book
Quiet & Comfortable space
Be present – all thoughts of past & future aside
This is a time to restore your balance and gain your equilibrium. Learning how to unwind. We must know when to de-stress. Our bodies can’t help us unless we are fine tuning our consciousness, this is self-care. The cycles are a roadmap.
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Wolf Moon (Native American) at 9* Leo will culminate, January 28, 2021 11:16am pacific/2:16pm eastern (Farmers Almanac).
This Leo Moon means there is a powerful rebirth and renewal taking place within you. It is no wonder that this moon gives illumination to aspirations greater than what has been before. No longer engaging well with the status quo, you want life to flourish. And how that has to happen, is encouraging yourself to be in full participation. You know how you feel. Your mortality is connected to this change. Before it was a jumble of noise, and now less so. You can be seen again upcoming as you do want to present yourself well. You’ve been in a cocoon and it’s felt good to almost hibernate. You will not to be watched or judged by others, you’ll just emerge. No longer needing approval, you only need belong again.
What have you learned about yourself. Frustration doesn’t help solve problems. It takes being generous to realize we aren’t being deprived. We all must give and receive to create the full circle, as the polarity of opposites is hard. If you do not want to be affected by people of low consciousness, simply raise your consciousness to a level where you are safe from them. It only takes gratitude and being openhanded. And you are remembered by the way you make people feel. When we take the time to design a more fulfilling life by giving attention to good people and things. When you actively develop your attitude, manners and activities, you are making concerted effort to make your life “happen”. You can desire a better future, but you must be willing to create it.
3-5 sentences+ for each question.
After 2020, what are you needing to change or get out of your life
-How can you rebalance in 2021:
Where are you most ambitious:
Your new viewpoint:
acceptance of yourself
acceptance of others
Spending too much time on others and not yourself
Spending too much time on yourself and not on others
Forward movement toward positive activities
Forward movement toward negative activities
-Time management, how long with each:
-When creating calmness in your life:
Breathing deeply a few times a day
Drinking more water
Taking a walk
Writing in a Journal
Creating a solution
Saying nice things to people
Waving here or there to people
Enjoying a color
Complimenting your kids
-Can you clearly say this is what I do now and I like it or I’d like to see a change:
What are you doing now
What job will you have next year
What job will you have in 5 years
What job will you have in 10 years
Do you stay with a career
Do you change careers often
Do you like jobs
Do you like responsibility
Do you like to be a boss
Are you a good boss
Are you a good employee
What makes you happy
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up
What is your career
What is your self confidence
What is your earning potential
What is your verve for life
Are you a winner
Are you sometimes winning
Are you winning yet losing
Are you losing but close to winning
What could make you win
What could make you content
—- We started as children wanting to create personal excellence. But programming, barriers and Low consciousness people hold you back from reaching greater heights. These include energy vampires, critical people, dishonest characters, and people with temperament issues. Let them go from your life and send them unconditional love as you do that. Invest yourself in the development of your consciousness, unlocking the subconscious, reactivating the super conscious and progressing forward to living a life well lived. Life is an exciting ride.
*How to become powerful: You must have role models to emulate, you don’t always have to be liked but you must fulfill what people need. You will have to have a “Strategy and Skill”. You will keep strategizing, knowing how to guide yourselves and others into growth and abundance. Be careful as you can end up working in boring jobs for many years and gain no real power or prestige. You can be wanting recognition. But there is only one thing to remember and again plan for, power has “an end”. You will be usurped by the younger generation or go out of vogue in some way. If you can be fair and aboveboard, you’ll gain respect along with money. You can keep going forward, having a great life, well earned and be treated nicely in old age.
*Using your Intuition: Using your intuition and psychic ability to move forward. Feeling good about the decisions you make. Knowing when wrong feelings happen they can indicate going in a wrong direction.
*When meditating, remember you’re going to go past your mind and it’s set ideas, and proceeding toward the heart, taking it deeper, releasing false sentiments and just float in your divinity, going deeper and deeper to your very essence. Reaching into the core of your being. Shift into knowing you will begin to float in calmness as the eclipse takes away anxiety and confusion, replaced is gifts of knowledge and wisdom, quality of time and being one with your adventure on earth.
—–“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
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