Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring



Blessed Ostara to my Pagan friends and Happy Spring Equinox to those who celebrate it that way.




 
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The photo is a little dark, but I wanted to show you my Altar for Ostara. I thought using the window ledge on this fake window would be fun. I don't know about you, but I enjoy looking out my real windows and enjoying the renewal of the season. The trees are beginning to bud and flowers are starting to bloom. Birds are once again making an appearance and Spring is here. Today marks the Equinox, when once again there is a balance between night and day. It also marks Ostara.

Many modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature -- walk in park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you -- plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons. At our house we like to decorate eggs so I wanted to share the following nautrual dyes. I got the list off of a yahoo group I belong to and have not used any of them myself, but some of them sound very easy. Have fun and enjoy your day




NATURAL EGG EASTER DYES

-----SPRING CHICKEN YELLOW-----

1 teaspoon Turmeric

2/3 cup -Boiling water

1/4 teaspoon Vinegar

-----EASTER BUNNY BROWN-----

1 tablespoon Instant coffee -- heaping Tbsp.

2/3 cup -Boiling water

1/2 teaspoon Vinegar

-----SEREN"DIP"-----SER

-----BOIL EGG WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING-----

Onion skins -- (golden orange)

Beets -- (reddish purple)

Spinach -- (pale green)

Red Cabbage Leaves

Walnut shells -- (buff)

Grape Juice -- (mauve) &

1/4 teaspoon Vinegar

Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could
prevent dye from adhering. Simmer for 20 minutes. Spring Chicken
Yellow: Add turmeric to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add
Vinegar. Easter Bunny Brown: Add heaping Tbsp. Heaping instant coffee
to boiling water, stir to dissolve. Add vinegar. Seren"dip"it: Try
boiling eggs with one of the listed ingredients. Add 1/4 Tsp. Vinegar
to water.





Eggs are fun to decorate - here are recipes for natural egg dyes you
might like to try

NATURAL EGG EASTER DYES

-----SPRING CHICKEN YELLOW-----

1 teaspoon Turmeric

2/3 cup -Boiling water

1/4 teaspoon Vinegar

-----EASTER BUNNY BROWN-----

1 tablespoon Instant coffee -- heaping Tbsp.

2/3 cup -Boiling water

1/2 teaspoon Vinegar



-----BOIL EGG WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING-----

Onion skins -- (golden orange)

Beets -- (reddish purple)

Spinach -- (pale green)

Red Cabbage Leaves

Walnut shells -- (buff)

Grape Juice -- (mauve) &

1/4 teaspoon Vinegar

Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could
prevent dye from adhering. Simmer for 20 minutes. Spring Chicken
Yellow: Add turmeric to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add
Vinegar. Easter Bunny Brown: Add heaping Tbsp. Heaping instant coffee
to boiling water, stir to dissolve. Add vinegar. Seren"dip"it: Try
boiling eggs with one of the listed ingredients. Add 1/4 Tsp. Vinegar
to water.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Nydia said...

Happy Ostara for your! Here I'll be celebrating Mabon, Summer is gone and Autumn it's on its very way today (many "y"s on this sentence...). Obviously we'll be celebrating Eostre as well, the country appeal is too strong to ignore, and Lucas "need" his chocolat eggs... LOL
My you have a perfect day and a perfect evening among the ones you love. I loved your Ostara altar, the fake window frame made it look absolutely original and sweet. Iit's such a cheerful sabbath, isnĀ“t it?
*Blessed be*
Kisses from Nydia.

March 20, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
OpenID Mama Kelly said...

Have a blessed and Joyous Ostara and entire Spring season hun

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March 20, 2008 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Love that painting.

It snowed here today so we have a winter wonderland. Yish. For sure now I am not in the mood for Easter this year. It is just too early.

I wrote a post about Ostara today too (actually, reprinted it from last year).

March 20, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Great alter piece! My mom used red onions one year, among other things.

March 22, 2008 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger TurtleHeart said...

Hope you had a wonderful Ostara/Spring Equinox! Love your altar!

March 24, 2008 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger onelittlepagan said...

Your Ostara altar is lovely! Simple and very evocative.

March 26, 2008 at 7:40 PM  

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