Spring is here, lovelies! I know because I saw a massive Queen bee buzzing around my garden, (Seriously, she was the size of a small bird) and the daffs have started to bloom on the Medieval city walls!
This is such a special Equinox, coming as it does on the heels of a waning half moon. We have all needed this spring energy so much for all the wonderful changes that are afoot in our lives.
To celebrate, I’ve collected all my spring favourites in one spot, The Ostara Stars Collection, and am offering 20% off everything there with coupon code OSTARA17 from now until March 21st, 2017.
What signs of spring have you seen? What are your plans for Ostara this year?
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Yes, Valentines Day is quickly upon us. I love it all: the hearts; the red and pink,; fat frolicking, well-armed babies. The Christianized St. Valentine’s Day falls on the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, where love notes called “billets” were exchanged. That celebration was a bit more to the point, with a Sacred She Wolf, permissive orgiastic rites, Lupa’s grottos and all the poetic euphemism this celebration invites.
The church later replaced this day with a celebration of the mythical St. Valentine, a kind of slap-dash re-invention of Pan who was still called on love charms and other such workings.
The heart appears in my work quite often. It is one of my favourite symbols. Not only does it have a lovely, comforting symmetry as a motif– the rounded top and pointed bottom offer a satisfying contrast. But beyond aesthetics, the heart offers much profound human meaning. Hearts were offered to Aztec gods while they were “still dancing” and the ancient mother goddess was often referred to a “swallower of hearts.” Hearts are the currency of the soul. Later manifested in Catholic tradition as the sacred heart, it was the gift of the god to his devout followers. This original vision is attributed to Saint Alacoque who saw it as a blooming rose, a communion cup, a furnace and bridal chamber.
The most important part of this holiday is not erotic or romanic love, but love of friends and our selves. These are worth celebrating.
I’m offering 20% off my Feral Valentines Collection with coupon code LUPERCALIA from the 12th of Feb. to the 15th, 2016.
Friday the 13th is a most auspicious day– Freya’s day, and when it falls on the 13th, it’s especially lucky. Barbara Walker in her Women’s Myths and Secrets says that the number 13 was said to be unlucky because it corresponded to the 13 months in the lunar calendar, the 3-in-1 nature of the Goddess. Considered the “devil’s dozen” by the church fathers, this sacred number was demonized.