Women Transcending Boundaries has invited the Circle of the Rising Phoenix to share with us their celebration of Ostara, the Spring Equinox, led by Terra Harmatuk. We join with our Wiccan sisters on Sunday, March 24, 3-5 pm, at Jowonio School, 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse (parking and entrance in the rear).
Terra gives the following description:
Ostara (or Eostar) is one of the Eight Sabbats of Wicca and other Pagan religions. It marks the Spring Equinox, the time when day and night are equal. This is a time to celebrate the beginning of Spring, and the time of balance. This day was celebrated by the Picts (Native Britons) but not by the Celts.
As we welcome Spring we seek to find balance in all aspects of our lives. We see around us ancient symbols of spring: eggs, chicks, and of course the rabbit. The rabbit was the moon-hare sacred to Goddess. Long before there was a man in the moon the hare was seen in the moon. The hare has a gestation period of 28 days, the same as a woman’s moon cycle.
This is the time of Persephone’s return from from Hades to the land of the living, where she rejoins her mother Demeter to assure that life returns to the earth. Join us in celebrating the return of Persephone.
Decorate wish eggs to make known your hopes and dreams for the future.
NOTE: Sue Savion issued the following appeal in response to a call from Eastern Farmworkers: “They have a young disabled woman who is about to give birth but has no supplies for the new baby [boy] except for some diapers and a car seat. This is short notice, but if you could donate a baby item at our [March 24] meeting–anything from pacifiers and onesies to a crib–you would be helping one new mother welcome her new life this Spring.”