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- My name is Jessica and I'm a proud Pagan. I'm an Aquarius/Capricorn Moon, my destiny number is 8 and I'm in my 1 year cycle. I'm a solitary practitioner. I work mainly with Lady Hekate. I also like working with Faeries. Lately, I've been studying Heathenism and the Norse pantheon...I do a little divination....Tarot, Oracle cards, and Runes. I just recently got married on Samhain to my wonderful husband, Harold. I have 3 AWESOME step-children..12, 8, and 7...two of which live with us(the 7 and 8 yr old). I LOVE animals....we have 4 cats, 1 dog....and currently fostering my best-friend's dog and my cousin's dog
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- I love music (especially METAL!!), reading, painting, knitting, riding motorcycles, swimming, camping....anything outdoors really. I also enjoy making hemp jewelry....(I hope to start a business with my best friend, Meghan someday) I have a weakness for videogames, especially RPG's. I'm an absolute FREAK about recycling! I think everyone should do their part....almost everything you throw away can be recycled.
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Easter gets its name from the words Ostara and Eostre.
Also known as the Vernal Equinox, Alban Eiber, Bacchanalia, Lady Day and Jack in the Green Day, the Sabbat of Ostara is named for the ancient German Virgin Goddess of Spring (and of course, let us not forget Eostre, from whose name the Christian 'Easter' was born).
Archaeologists estimate that the Spring Equinox was first celebrated as a religious festival in tribes and clans as long as 12,000 years ago. It's no wonder then that many of the equinox stories from Greece, Rome, Germany and the Nordic lands tell of the Deity's trip into the Underworld....
After being in the land of the dead, they return to Earth and bring new life with them. This death and resurrection theme is a common thread in the stories of Persephone, Hera, Odin, Osiris, Attis, Orpheus, Dagda, Mithras, and even Jesus.
Being an Equinox(the spring equinox), Ostara is a time of balance as well as new life. It is a good time to plant an herb garden. Even if you don't have a yard, you can plant herbs in flower pots or window boxes. They can be for medicinal purposes, to cook with, to make tea from or any other reason you can think of to plant and use them.
How the Ostara Egg Came to Be
The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit, comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. Eostre was walking one fine Spring day and came upon a beautiful little bird. The poor bird's wing was badly injured and Eostre, feeling great compassion for the little creature, wanted to heal it.
But the wing was so badly damaged that Eostre knew it would never be able to fly again even after She healed it. So, Eostre decided to help the bird by healing it in a way that would give it mobility and a little something more She turned it into a rabbit!
During the transformation, the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs. The rabbit was so grateful to Eostre for saving its life that it laid a sacred egg in Her honor, joyously decorated it and then humbly presented it to the Goddess. She was so pleased and so touched by the rabbit's thoughtful gift that She wished all humankind to share in her joy.
In honoring her wishes, the rabbit went all over the world distributing these beautifully decorated little gifts of life and continues to do so even today.
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Mythical Phoenix Bird
In ancient Egyptian mythology and in myths derived from it, the phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird. Said to live for 500, 1461 or for 12594 years (depending on the source), the phoenix is a male bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. At the end of its life-cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The new phoenix embalms the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in Heliopolis ("the city of the sun" in Greek), located in Egypt. The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible - a symbol of fire and divinity. Although descriptions (and life-span) vary, the phoenix became popular in early Christian art and literature as a symbol of the resurrection, of immortality, and of life-after-death. Originally, the phoenix was identified by the Egyptians as a stork or heron-like bird called a benu, (see Bennu), known from the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian texts as one of the sacred symbols of worship at Heliopolis, closely associated with the rising sun and the Egyptian sun-god Ra.
The Egyptian Bennu
Usually depicted as a heron , peacock , or eagle with beautiful red and gold feathers. It had a long straight back and two feathers on it's head. The Bennu (Phoenix) lived on the ben-ben stone or obelisk within the sanctuary of Heliopolis. The Bennu was said to have created itself from the fire that burned on the sacred Persea tree in Heliopolis. Or in another legend, it was the first life form to have appeared on the mound that rose from the watery chaos of the first creation. The mound was called the ben-ben and was the origin of the city Heliopolis. (Also said to have sprung from the heart of Osiris asa living symbol of the god. )The Bennu's true home however is Arabia. It only comes back to Heliopolis to die and be reborn. Osiris is said to have given the secret of eternal life to Bennu. The Bennu symbolizes rebirth and a period of new wealth and fertility, when the nile floods the earth each year. Bennu is a personification of creation and life force. According to Herodotus, Bennu flies to the sun temple in Heliopolis after 500 years, to build it's funeral pyre with incense sticks. Then it climbed onto the pyre and waited for the sun's rays to ignite the pyre while singing a song of rare and incredible beauty. It is said that a new Bennu immediatly rises from the ashes to fly it's parent's ashes to Heliopolis accompanied by turtledoves. Pliny however says that from the ashes emerges a small worm that becomes the Bennu at the end of the day.
The Chinese Feng
The feng huang is the phoenix of Chinese writers, and, like its counterpart in Arabian story, is adorned with everything that is beautiful among birds. The etymology of the name implies that it is the Emperor of all birds; and as is the unicorn among quadrupeds, so is the phoenix the most honorable among the feathered tribes. It is described by one author, 'as resembling a wild swan before, and a unicorn behind, it has the throat of a swallow, the bill of a fowl, the neck of a snake, the tail of a fish (having twelve feathers, except in years with an intercalary month when there are thirteen), the forehead of a crane, the crown of a mandarin drake, the stripes of a dragon, and the vaulted back of a tortoise. The feathers have five colors, which are named after the five cardinal virtues, and it is five cubits in height; the tail is graduated like Pandean pipes, and its song resembles the music of that instrument, having five modulations.
It appears only when reason prevails in the country, hiding itself at other times; and two are never seen at once; when it flies, a train of small birds always attends it. Like the unicorn it is benevolent, and it will not peck or injure living insects, nor tr
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Then the goddess Gaia through the love of the god conceived and brought forth dark-gowned Leto, always mild, kind to men and to the deathless gods, mild from the beginning, gentlest in all Olympus. Also she bare Asteria of happy name, whom Perses once led to his great house to be called his dear wife. And she conceived and bare Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all.
He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods. For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favour according to custom, he calls upon Hecate. Great honour comes full easily to him whose prayers the goddess receives favourably, and she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her.
For as many as were born of Earth and Ocean amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Cronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea. Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honour, but much more still, for Zeus honours her. Whom she will she greatly aids and advances: she sits by worshipful kings in judgement, and in the assembly whom she will is distinguished among the people.
And when men arm themselves for the battle that destroys men, then the goddess is at hand to give victory and grant glory readily to whom she will. Good is she also when men contend at the games, for there too the goddess is with them and profits them: and he who by might and strength gets the victory wins the rich prize easily with joy, and brings glory to his parents.
And she is good to stand by horsemen, whom she will: and to those whose business is in the grey discomfortable sea, and who pray to Hecate and the loud-crashing Earth-Shaker, easily the glorious goddess gives great catch, and easily she takes it away as soon as seen, if so she will.
She is good in the byre with Hermes to increase the stock. The droves of kine and wide herds of goats and flocks of fleecy sheep, if she will, she increases from a few, or makes many to be less. So, then. albeit her mother's only child, she is honoured amongst all the deathless gods.
And the son of Cronos made her a nurse of the young who after that day saw with their eyes the light of all-seeing Dawn. So from the beginning she is a nurse of the young, and these are her honours. (ll. 404-452)
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