So this post is going to be a little scattered. I’m under-caffeinated and freezing my toes off. I’m ready for spring! I’m ready for heat, really. Brrr, it’s been a long cold one, and not in a good way.
For the bulk of the population of North America and possibly Europe, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. If the little bugger sticks his head out of his den and sees his shadow (good weather), it’s another six weeks of winter for us. However, if he comes out and stays out, winter is over and spring is on the way.
Can you imagine being that species, doomed to living down being afraid of their own shadows? The reality is Groundhog Day takes its idea from a much older, more extended tradition; in Ireland, Scotland and Wales folk celebrated this time of year as the return of not only light, but of life. Oh yes, they did look for the hints of animal life as well, and usually around this time the hedgehogs and other small mammals began making their presence known once more…
… well, the e-chapbook has, anyway. <|;^) Also known as Midsummer, Summer Solstice and Alban Hefin, Litha generally falls in the third week of June, usually between the 17 and 23 of the month. It is the time of the longest day of the year – after this, each day becomes progressively shorter until Yule – the longest night of the year.
Traditionally, this is a great time to harvest wild or cultivated young herbs to stock your magickal pantry. Young plants have a great energy, and are far more likely to recover quickly from a small harvesting. One must request the permission of the Goddess and of the spirit of the plant itself. Gently take hold of the plant or branch, and politely ask if the spirit will share its bounty. You’ll know, trust me, if you receive permission.
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I know how behind I am with my challenges and keeping up with regular postings, but I will be getting back to the normality as soon as the bustle slows to a medium-crawl. <|;-) In the meantime, I did finish Ostara, send it off to the editor and get it back... and then didn't announce it when it released. This one is back to the $0.99 size, but it doesn't include the word search. Why? Well...
I wanted to post something a little more interactive than a recipe or craft idea. I thought a printable puzzle was a great change of pace!
Hope you enjoy it… at this point, there isn’t an answer key for it, but if/when I get some extra time I’ll get one done. <|:-) As for Ostara, it's available through Kindle and Smashwords, soon across Nook, Kobo and Diesel as well.Tags: activities, coloring pages, Creating New Pagan Family Traditions, free, Ostara, puzzles, recipes, ritual, sabbbats, wordsearch | Categories: Book of Shadows, Celtic & Pagan Info, Main, Pagan Parenting, Sprites Pagan Kids | Comments Off | Permalink