~Spirituality – The Truth About Fairies~

This is an article I found many moons ago regarding the faery folk, I really enjoyed reading it and resonated very well with the writers description and wanted to share it here with you, so anyway, here goes, I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did!

Fairies are Nature Angels, the lowest manifestation within the Angelic Hierarchy. They, along with Nereids, Gnomes, Salamanders, Undines and Elves make up the Elementals. Fairies are tiny energy beings that are transported from place to place by their dragonfly or butterfly-like wings. They are the Guardian Angels of animals and nature, therefore their purpose is to ensure the health and safety of all plants, trees, animals and Mother Earth. Sprites are wingless water fairies- they are protectors of the water ways and guardians of the waterbirds and water animals.

Fairies, unlike other angels, have a very light etheric physical body. This is because they live on a denser astral plane, closer to our physical plane than other angels, who exist higher up in the spiritual realm. Human Beings live on the densest astral plane of all, then the plants and animals and just above them, the fairies and other elementals. Because they live on this dense level, they are half incarnated, half in the spirit world. As with other incarnated beings, they live in a world of illusion and therefore, a world experienced via the ego.

Fairies exist around trees and plants, preferring wildflowers and natural bush settings. They feel the pain inflicted upon plants, trees and animals and their physical bodies are harmed by our pesticides and cleaning agents. By refusing to use these harmful products, we are not only helping the environment but we are being kind to the fairies and helping them to fulfil their purpose. With every little thing we do to preserve and protect nature and the animals, every bit of rubbish we pick up, every item we rinse and re-cycle, every product we buy that is free-range and with every product we purchase and eat that is organic, we are helping the fairies! The fairies want us to ‘say no to pesticides and cruelty to animals’. The elementals can sense when a human has genuine concern for the environment and they will regard you highly for this.

Fairies are emotionally and physically sensitive to the thoughts and emotions of humans. They have great healing abilities which we feel the benefits of when we are out in nature or close to animals. When we spend time in nature, the fairies can clear the negativity from our energy fields (auras), leaving us feeling more vibrant and refreshed.

Fairies have been misperceived over the years as naughty and even nasty, this is because they have been compared to angels. It is unfair to make this comparison as the fairies live in the densest energy and have to contend with an ego. The truth is, fairies are very loving beings who have a very important job to do. They take their purpose seriously and can get agitated and annoyed when people are purposely cruel to animals or have no regard for nature and the environment, which by the way, is their home.

The truth is- fairies are just as real and just as loving as all of the other angels. Next time you are out in nature have a thought for these little beings and when you come back feeling refreshed give thanks for the healing you just received – free of charge. In return, maybe you could invest in some chemical free cleaning agents or find some other way to help the environment!

*Spring Equinox Ritual*

Ostara Blessings to all!

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Spring Equinox Ritual

The focus of spring is of the giving and sustaining of life. The ritual of the spring equinox has a focus of love, life, and hope. It is a celebration of being alive and opportunity and possibility of growth, change, and improvement.

Rituals in the spring time usually include music, or dance, or drumming, or sex along with meditations of expansion. And with the activities that area associated with the celebration of life, is usually taking seeds and blessing them, and then scattering the blessed seeds with the wind or planting the seeds in the earth. .

Example of a Spring Ritual (may be done Alone or with a Partner)

Preparations

Prepare a ritual cloth, such as a square cloth, sheet, or blanket. Lay the ritual cloth on the ground and place an object in the north corner that represents the earth to you (such as rock…

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~Ostara at a glance~

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March 20/21 — Ostara — Spring or The Vernal Equinox
Also known as: Lady Day or Alban Eiler (Druidic)

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

Traditional Foods:
Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers:
Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense:
Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone:
Jasper

Special Activities:
Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.

Eclipse, Equinox & Supermoon

This is awesome I just had to reblog, thank yu as always for writing such inspiring articles!

Sang Rouge Terre Blanc

Hare MoonThe Hare, with it’s association to Moon and Goddess, has always been for us a totemic animal of great power and significance in our magickal work. At the Spring Equinox, the Hare beautifully symbolises fertility, transformation, conception, and new life.

We at SRTB are still engaged in a project we commenced at Imbolc, a transpersonal journey to the triune aspects of Brigid; the poet, smith and healer. We will be furnishing details of our meditations, pathworkings, and realisations in a subsequent post. For those who were inspired to come along with us in our work, or who explored the poet, smith & healer aspects in their own way, we would appreciate hearing about the methods of exploration & the insights obtained, and would be delighted if you should choose tell us about these in the comments section of our next post.

For now, like many in the pagan/magickal community, we…

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~How to hold a Rebirthing Ritual for Ostara~

Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing — you can perform this rite either as a solitary, or as a part of a group ceremony.

 

  1. In addition to setting up your Ostara altar, you’ll need the following supplies: a black sheet for each participant, a bowl of dirt, water, a white candle, and incense. For this rite, the High Priestess (HPs) or High Priest (HP) should be the only person at the altar. Other participants should wait in another room until called. If you’re doing the rite outside, the group can wait some distance away from the altar. If your tradition calls for you to cast a circle, do this now.
  2. The first person in the group waits outside the circle, covered from head to toe in the black sheet. If your group is comfortable with skyclad rituals, you can be nude under the sheet — otherwise, wear your ritual robe. Once the HPs is ready to begin, she calls the first participant into the altar area, cutting an opening in the circle as the person enters and then closing it behind them.
  3. The participant, still covered in the black sheet, kneels on the floor before the altar.

    The HPs greets the participant, and says:

    Today is the time of the Spring equinox.
    Ostara is a time of equal parts light and dark.
    Spring has arrived, and it is a time of rebirth.
    The planting season will soon begin, and
    life will form once more within the earth.
    As the earth welcomes new life and new beginnings,
    so can we be reborn in the light and love of the gods*.
    Do you, (name), wish to experience the rebirth of spring, and
    step out of the darkness into the light?

  4. The participant replies with an affirmative answer. The HPs takes the salt from the altar, and sprinkles it over the sheet-clad participant, saying:

    With the blessings of the earth, and the life within the soil,
    you are reborn in the eyes of the gods.

    Next, the HPs takes the lit incense and passes it over the participant, saying:

    With the blessings of air, may knowledge and wisdom
    be brought to you upon the winds.

    The HPs takes the burning candle and (carefully!) passes it over the participant, saying:

    May the fire of the spring sun bring growth and harmony
    into your life.

  5. Finally, the HPs sprinkles water around the participant, and says:

    With the blessings of water, may the chill and darkness of winter,
    be swept away by the warm spring rains.

    Rise! Step forth out of the darkness, and climb into the light.
    Awaken once more in the arms of the gods.

     

  6. At this point, the participant slowly emerges from the black sheet. Remember, this is a symbolic rebirth. Take your time if you feel you need to. As you pull the sheet back away from you, remember that you are not only stepping into the light, but putting behind you the darkness of the past six months. Winter is over, and spring has arrived, so take a few moments, as you emerge, to think about the magic of this time of year.

    The High Priestess then welcomes the participant, saying:

    You have stepped once more into the light,
    and the gods welcome you.

     

  7. Repeat the ceremony until all members of the group have been “reborn”. If you are performing this rite as a solitary, obviously you would speak the lines of the HPs yourself, and bless the area around yourself with the dirt, incense, candle and water. Once everyone in the group has gone through the rebirthing, take some time to meditate on the balancing energy of Ostara. Light and dark are equal, as are positive and negative. Consider, for a while, the polarity of this season. Think about the balance you wish to find in your life, and consider how you may work harder to find harmony within yourself.
  8. When you are ready, end the ritual, or move on to a Cakes and Ale ceremony or other healing magic**.

Tips:

  1. * Feel free to substitute the name of your tradition’s deity here.
  2. ** If you’ve ever thought about rededicating yourself to the gods of your tradition, Ostara is an excellent time to do this.

What You Need:

  • A bowl of earth
  • Incense
  • A white candle
  • Water
  • A black sheet for each participant

~Proserpina and the Myth of Springtime~

Proserpina – Queen of the Underworld

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A Pre-Raphaelite Proserpine (1873–77) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Tate Gallery, London)

Proserpina or Proserpine is an ancient goddess whose story is the basis of a myth of Springtime. She is the Roman equivalent of Persephone (qv). She was subsumed by the cult of Libera, an ancient fertility goddess, wife of Liber.

Her name comes from proserpere meaning to emerge. She is a life-death-rebirth deity.

She was the daughter of Ceres and Jupiter, and was described as a very enchanting young girl.Venus, in order to bring love to Pluto, sent her son Amor to hit Pluto with one of his arrows. Proserpina was in Sicily, at the fountain of Aretusa near Enna, where she was playing with some nymphs and collecting flowers, when Pluto came out from the volcano Etna with four black horses.

He abducted her in order to marry her and live with her in Hades, the Greek Underworld, of which he was the ruler.

Notably, Pluto was also her uncle, being Jupiter’s (and Ceres’s) brother.

She is therefore Queen of the Underworld.

Her mother Ceres, the goddess of cereals or of the Earth, vainly went looking for her in any corner of the Earth, but wasn’t able to find anything but a small belt that was floating upon a little lake (made with the tears of the nymphs).

In her desperation Ceres angrily stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables, bestowing a malediction on Sicily. Ceres refused to go back to Mount Olympus and started walking on the Earth, making a desert at every step.

Worried, Jupiter sent Mercury to order Pluto (Jupiter’s brother) to free Proserpina.

Pluto obeyed, but before letting her go, he made her eat six pomegranate seeds (a symbol of fidelity in marriage) so she would have to live six months of each year with him, and stay the rest with her mother. So this is the reason for Springtime: when Proserpina comes back to her mother, Ceres decorates the Earth with welcoming flowers, but when in Fall she has to go back to Hades, nature loses any color.

The myth of Proserpina, mainly described by the Roman Claudianus (4th century AD) is closely connected with that of Orpheus and Eurydice – it is Proserpina, as Queen of Hades, who allows Orpheus to enter and bring back to life his wife Eurydice who is dead by snake poison.

Proserpina played her cetra to quiet Cerberus, but Orpheus did not respect her order never to look back, and Eurydice was lost.

Proserpina’s figure inspired many artistic compositions, eminently in sculpture and in literature. For reasons that may be obvious, a variety of pomegranate is called Proserpina.

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