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Eostara • Article: Plant Magick for Springtime ✦ [Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine]
March 21, 2019
Table of Contents
Energy Fields & Astrology -- March Energies
New Article - Plant Magick for Springtime
Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals - Eostara
Quotes - on Springtime
Merry Meet! Welcome to the Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine!
Energy Fields & Astrology:
This month, the full moon and the equinox were on the same day - Wednesday March 20th - leading to powerful energies for setting intentions, energizing projects, and putting things into motion. (Reminder: In general, honouring a sabbat a day or so on either side of the Sabbats makes no appreciable difference whatsoever.)
Now is the time to check in with yourself:
There is a lot going on right now, as new things try to emerge; be aware of possible feelings of doubt, futility, despair, etc. Sometimes your body (or ego) is scared to step into a new story — a new version of you — and tries to keep you in your old story, your old habits, because it feels safe there.
Next New Moon: Friday April 5th @ 1:50pm PST, 4:50pm EST, 9:50pm GMT
Wicca Students Speak Out:
"I don't know other methods of learning Wicca except reading about it. I'm so happy I found Erin and Wicca-spirituality. I felt guided throughout the process but also encouraged to use my intuition and explore. This combination really allowed me to make this learning process my own and personal.
As a result of taking the 'A Year & A Day' course:
- I felt I was less affected by others energies and stopped being drawn into dramas
- At times I felt so connected to the elements, the divine and the guides/deities I called in. It went from intellectual to experience and once you cross that line then it never felt like I was going through the motions
- Often I used to have negative chatter about myself but now I realise everything is energy. I am more mindful of being gentle with myself and grateful for what I have."
- Maria H., Dubai, United Arab Emigrates
"I wish the course went on to level two and beyond. I'm already missing the weekly lessons."
- E.D., USA
"I liked that Erin does not try to push anything as absolute fact that I have to believe, and that I am my own spiritual authority. The acknowledgement of my free will and that Wicca Spirituality is my chosen path to form as I will is wonderful.
And, one thing that has happened that is truly amazing to me. Over the course, as I starting expressing what I wanted to have happen in my life, I started to SING and found out I have a lovely voice (my husband comments on it). I never knew that and am finding I love to express myself in the freedom of song. That is something I definitely did not expect!"
- Dana Coventina, USA
New Article: Plant Magick for Springtime
Springtime; the re-awakening of the Earth. We see it in the weather (right now, for the Northern Hemisphere), we see it in animals coming out of hibernation, we feel it in our bodies (spring cleaning, anyone?) and we see it in the plants.
One way to bring the energy of Spring into your home is through softwood cuttings that will root in water (such as willow trees). This can decorate a space, uplift the energy of a room, and also help you stay connected with the Earth as she is warming up. If you live near a sugar maple (or birch tree) you could look into sustainably tapping the tree to honour the season.
Also, if you're doing spells at this time of year, you could link the energy of your spell to the growing life of a plant, e.g. pouring water from your ritual around the trunk of a tree.
As for nourishing your body with plant allies - did you know that your liver is a primary source of life-force energy? This means - if your liver isn't functioning well, it could be affecting your energy levels. What are some of the first plants to appear in the spring? Dandelions. What are dandelions good for? Supporting your liver!
So, if you live near some healthy dandelions, consider throwing a few leaves in your salad or munching on them when you're out for a walk (being mindful of pesticides, toxins from nearby roadways, etc.) What better way to connect with the Earth than the intimacy of sharing her body with your body?
You could also dig up dandelion roots - right now, when the energy of the plant is focused in the roots, before new growth has really set in - and simmer them on the stove to make a decoction (kind of a strong tea), and drink that to support your liver.
Burdock root (after first year's growth - when the leaves are near the ground, before the second year when the stalk shoots up and the plant makes burrs) and yellow dock root are also excellent as decoctions to drink to improve your liver. [Disclaimer - please consult a medical professional before trying anything mentioned here, especially if you have a diagnosed liver condition.]
Above all else, check in with your intuition, and connect with the Earth and the plants yourself: follow your inner guidance when working with plant allies.
Sabbats, Esbats, & Other Wiccan Rituals:
Eostara is primarily a fertility festival, celebrating the Earth's fecundity.
1. Rebirth and
All these sub-themes weave together, creating the tapestry of energy and symbolism that gives us the meaning of Eostara.
Here are some of the most common ways to partake in this turning point of the Wheel:
Celebrate! The Goddess AWAKENS! You are invited to the gala which is Life on this beauteous, gracious, luscious.
This information about Eostara is from parts of Lesson #8, "Eostara: The Spring Equinox Sabbat" in A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan.
"Nature is not about preserving old things, but about creating new ones. New life. New ideas."
"I love better to count time from spring to spring; it seems to me far more cheerful to reckon the year by blossoms than by blight."
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"
- Robin Williams
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