Brewing Updates for Winter 2015

Ostara

(March 21)

We will be having an open circle at 7pm.  If helping with setup please arrive at 6pm, otherwise please be there at 6:45, Thank you! Ostara is the time for new beginning; for the land to awaken from its wintery slumber; and for one to plant  seeds in their spiritual garden.   Help us turn the wheel of the year as we bring in Spring Equinox…Ostara! The circle will be at the small club house. For directions please email me, Lady Arawyn, at:

arawyn26@hotmail.com

…please put Ostara in the subject so I know what the email is about. (There is no email through this site). If sending an email, please send no later than 2pm on the day of the ritual, if emailed after that time they may not be answered until the next day. Thank you!

*Please note that we are located near the Toledo (OH) and Erie (MI) border for rituals; classes are held on the eastside of Toledo.

*We are accepting new students; if interested please join us at this ritual to see if we are what you might be looking for.*

*For those of you who wish to contribute to our website please email articles, events, poems, recipe and/or stories to arawyn26@hotmail.com and once approved, I will get them posted.

If you are having any problems emailing me, please leave a comment here and I will answer it.

Thank you,

Lady Arawyn Lyonesse, HPS

 

 

 

The Fluttering Sounds of Spring

 By: Illyria Lyonesse

As Ostara approaches, everyone is looking for signs of spring. The snow… has melted, the temperature is rising, and the grass is turning green. Another sign of spring’s return is the American Robin. But did you know that many robins, the harbinger of spring, can stay within their breeding range all year? They are difficult to spot because most of them do migrate, and the ones that stay behind primarily roost in trees and spend much less time on the ground than they will in the sred-winged-blackbir_681484cpring.

So what birds can we look for as true signs of spring’s arrival? Killdeer and Red-winged blackbirds return to their nesting grounds in the spring. Bird songs and behavior also change as spring nears and they prepare to mate. The males sing quite a bit more in the spring to attract a mate, and male cardinals will feed their mate sunflower seeds as part of courtship.

The types of food offered will also affect what birds come to your feeders. The best choice to offer is sunflower seeds, as they will attract the widest variety of birds. Black oil sunflower seeds are the easiest for small birds to crack and provide a high fat content. Safflower is also a popular choice, especially for people with squirrel problems (most squirrels don’t like safflower, but are very attracted by sunflower seeds). White millet is a favorite among ground-feeding birds like doves. Golden millet, red millet, and flax should be avoided. These are often offered as “filler” in packaged seed mixes, but few birds will actually eat them.

Finally, be patient! It may take a while after you set out a feeder for the birds to notice. If birds have not come to the feeder within a few days, try sprinkling some seeds on the ground nearby. Birds have a very poorly developed sense of smell, so they rely primarily on sight to find food.bird house

An Ostara Tale

Eostre and the wounded birdOne day the goddess Eostra was walking in the forest, and she came upon a wounded bird, whose wing was broken. The goddess could see that even after she healed this bird it would not be able to fly again, and what kind of life could a bird have if it could not fly. So she changed this little bird into a hoping hare, a sacred animal of hers. This rabbit kept one aspect of her former life, she could lay eggs. Now this rabbit was very thankful for what the goddess did for her that she wanted to give Her a special gift. Her love and intent was so strong that she created a very beautiful egg of many colors. She gave this symbol of love and innocence to Eostra. The Goddess was so touched by this gesture that she declared that this rabbit give this symbol of love to the world, and hence the Easter bunny was born (Easter being another name for Eostra).

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Why are red eggs important during Ostara?

 

In our tradition we have red eggs on our altar as a symbol of the Mother’s blood that brought forth the Sun God.