Ostara and the Mysterious Glastonbury Egg Stones

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Blessings of the Spring Equinox!

The Spring Equinox, or Ostara, is that wonderful time of year when the energies of nature subtly shift

from the sluggishness of winter to the exuberant expansion of spring. It is time to shed our winter skins,

come out of hiding and put our plans into action. This is the time of beginnings, of planting seeds and

dreaming of the future…

 

 

Indeed, the Christians liked the celebration of Ostara so much that they lifted the whole idea to incorporate it into their own seasonal celebrations…Changing the name from Ostara to Easter and swapping the sacred hare for a rabbit, they did get one thing right – this is the time of year for resurrectionregrowth rebirth.

 

The Mysterious Egg Stones of Glastonbury

Not much is known about the two large stone eggs in Glastonbury. No-one knows how old they are or how they came to be where they are.

The first egg stone is hidden at the back of the Abbot’s Kitchen in Glastonbury Abbey, almost forgotten. One theory says that it is pre-Christian and is a sacred oracle stone. Because it is egg-shaped it represents the goddess of life and birth. It has a depression in the top and the indentation is still stained red; probably from iron. It is believed that menstruating women would sit here to communicate with the Goddess and that blood collected would be used in healing, or as an offering to the earth. It is still a very powerful place to sit and is well worth a visit.

The second Egg Stone is halfway up the Tor on the right-hand side. In the Avalonian myths and legends it is believed to guard the entrance to the Otherworld of the faery kingdom. Again, it is a very powerful place and many believe that it will help grant your wishes. Friends of mine have been granted places to live and new relationships after visiting this Egg Stone on the Tor. It also boasts a wonderful view over the levels!

                   The Egg Stone in Glastonbury Abbey                                                                                         Mysterious Egg Stone on Glastonbury Tor
Egg Stone at Glastonbury Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Egg Magic at Ostara

Eggs are strong, yet breakable and contain the gift of new life. They need to be nurtured, cared for and kept warm for the birth to follow. And so it is with our dreams: we need to cherish them and give them time, energy and attention. What a marvellous image and idea to work with magically!

Hard boil some eggs and let them cool. Paint, draw and decorate with patterns, symbols to represent the deepest hopes and dreams that you wish to birth during the coming year. Eat the egg within three days or bury in the ground.

With blessings from Avalon for a wonderful Spring.  May the Goddess Ostara help your hopes and dreams to flourish!
Suzi xx

Janus: Roman God of Beginings and Endings

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New beginnings blog post from Avalon CloaksJanus is most famous as the ‘two-faced God’. He looks forwards and back, into the past and the future. The month of January draws its name from him.

In his earliest depictions, he was shown with two faces joined at the back of the head, looking in opposite directions. One was a bare and the other bearded, symbolizing both youth and age. This embodies a typical pagan viewpoint; every end is also a new beginning.

We live our lives in a spiral, rather than in a straight line: birth, growth, maturity, wisdom, death and then rebirth.

As the god of transitions and transformations, he can help us with our choices about which path to take going forwards. Write a list of all those things you want to release from your life and ask Janus to send them away as you burn the list. Then write a list of all the good things you would like to attract into your life this year and ask Janus to help bring them to you. Leave your list on your altar with a note to Janus: “Please Janus help me to…”

Someone once told me that the future is behind us (we can’t see it) and the past is in front of us. I have found this a good way of thinking of approaching the future, and how to make decisions, when we can’t really see where we are going!

After you have made a decision, back yourself up, stick to it and remember to walk forwards ‘in perfect love and perfect trust’. The Lord and Lady will surely support you in your decisions.

(With thanks to Elizabeth Barrette for her information on Janus.)

The Magical March Hare

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Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk
Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind permission from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk

In every part of the world, there are long-spoken tales of hares; from Europe to Africa and to the Americas, and even in the far East. In Britain, witches were believed to transform into hares.

Hare mythology is evident in ancient pottery, coins, seals, hieroglyphics and in oral history. In Africa, the hare was considered to be part of the Moon. Seen on a clear night, the full moon might, with a bit of imagination, contain the outline of a hare. 

“The moon is a powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth.”

The hare has also been associated with the sun, fertility, the dawn, cunning and bravery. What was it about the hare which led to this mythology?

Hares are notable creatures who have always lived in close proximity to people. Most well-known of their traits are their courtship dances, and their habit of moongazing. The boxing hares that were always thought of as male have recently been discovered as being sexually active females.

“Boxing hares have recently been discovered to be sexually active females – not males.”

Fables have been told across the continent of the cleverness, deceit and triumph of the hare, some of these being turned into the Bre’r Rabbit tales related by Uncle Remus.

In times past, the moon was perhaps the most powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth and the hare was then endowed with similar earth-bound powers. The hare took on a magical persona and become associated with the Goddess. The Norse goddess Freyja had hare attendants, and in Britain the hare was sacred to the moon goddess Andraste and the Celtic goddess of witchcraft and wisdom, Cerridwen.

The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the moon and the dawn. Eostre changed into a hare at the full Moon.

 

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