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A Blessed Ostara To You All

Posted in Easter, Faith, God and Goddess Worship, Holliday, home, Life, Ostara, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Luna Noir The Witches Cupboard

I celebrated Ostara yesterday and it was quite nice. special prayers and a ritual bath were done. Some people may need a heads up on what is Ostara well here it is. Ostara is a  celebration  of the Vernal Equinox, and is one of the 8 witches’ sabbats. The days on which it is celebrated on runs between 21st March in the Northern Hemisphere, but falling anywhere between the 20th and 23rd, it is also known as Alban Eilir (meaning the light of spring) This is the second festival of the natural year.

Origins of Ostara

The festival of Ostara originates from the Germanic countries. Early Western European people called the festival Eostre, the word “Easter” is derived from this term. Eostre was the Saxon version of the term for the Germanic goddess Ostara. Eostre’s feast day was the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, almost identical to the placing of Easter each year.

Early Pagans celebrated the coming of the new planting season in the Germanic countries. Seed corn and barley would have been planted by hand, with special ears of corn saved to create the corn dolly or kern king, symbol of the sun god (straw man, or doll), who is sacrificed at the coming harvest.

In my family we still celebrate Easter Sunday. It makes it easier for my Catholic family to come a celebrate with us on one day that we can all stand on common ground on. I use Ostara as a time to mentally reflect on the trials and tribulations I have endured during the winter season. So this time become more personal and Spiritual based. Easter is still a spiritual time for me however during Easter I tend to drape myself in the spirit of feeling free from all of the burdens of my life and I celebrate my inner self and the freedom of new beginnings.

In both I use decorated eggs and prayer. I look forward to the new buds growing and I seriously begin to plan my garden. I have already started some  plants indoors and I will use Feng Shui to assist in placement of my new surroundings in this new home.  (as my flower beds begin I will share pic).

So be blessed and feel the new possibilities that are sprouting up around us now.

Here is a Poem that I loved growing up as a child.

The poem A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, gives us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happing in the darting bird
Tha suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reversed for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that wee fulfill.

By: Robert Frost

Blessed Be Your Spring

Luna Noir

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Witches plants

Posted in botany, Gaia, magic, manifestation, New Age, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Luna Noir The Witches Cupboard

Blessing to all

I was just checking on a couple of my plants. Trying to see what plants will be moving with the family and what plants I will have to let go with love. There are a few plants that I have that are a must for me to take with to the new house (hoping that I can find a job to get to a new house b4 being homeless in January). My most favorite plant in that my grandma sent from Puerto Rico is called the witches plant or the Hawaiian air plant. 

Obviously not native to Puerto Rico. This plant is my favorite because it is easy to grow.

In our family we wait for the the leaves to fall and then just place the fallen leaf in some soil and wait for them to grow another plant (easy right). It is believed that it is bad luck to throw away any of the leaves. But it is very good luck to give the leaves away to friends or family. So as I check on my plants I found two fallen leaves. So now I have to find a homes for them. If you want one let me know, I promise to send you one as long as you live in the U.S. since I don’t want to disrupt a foreign echo system. Just don’t post here since this is a public site. You can email me direct at   lunanoir74@gmail.com so we can can the leaf to ya.

The Hawaiian Air plant is a representation of money. Just think of it as a money tree. You may meditate on each leaf representing how easy money grows in your bank account and how if shared, you are also helping those around you to be also wealthy. The plant has a wonderful

As you can read this is all about plants, that to me and many seem to be magical. Besides the Hawaiian air plant I love rue. I recently used some to cleanse my home from a spirit that was very agressive. I used it as kind of a broom.  I waved around the house, every corner and every doorway were “dusted” with a handful of the fresh leaves. Afterward I hung a small bunch over everyones beds for protection. here are the magical properties of this wonderful plant.

“RUE, also known as RUTA or RUDA, is widely held to be a Magical herb. Many people carry a pinch of RUE in a cloth bag or place it above the front door to ward off the Evil Eye and for many evil spriits. In Italy it is so highly valued for this purpose that a silver charm called Cimaruta or Sprig of Rue is worn as a protective amulet. Some folks make a tea of RUE and sprinkle it around the home for Protection or bathe in it to break spells. We are told that RUE mixed with Comfrey Root will Improve Health Matters and that RUE burned with Verbena, Mistletoe, and Benzoin can take off jinxes. Rue is also said to aid in Love Matters. Burned with Lavender Flowers and Sandalwood, it is thought to be a Lover’s Incense.

It does so much that you can’t help but love it. The fragrance is earthy and has a spicy note that some make like or truly hate so before you plant you may want to take a sniff of it before you go nuts planting. I personal love it “now”. Anything that helps me and has been a proven aid in expelling a evil spirit You learn to love…

remember to thank Gaia for all her blessings to us like the trees, flowers, grass, birds, and the bees

Blessings

Luna