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The Covenant of Gaia Church Of Alberta announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: please bring a potluck dish to share after ritual
Price/Donation: Suggested donation of $5 per person
Acct. Id: 420973
Event Id: 86043
When: Mar. 16th. 2013
Where: Calgary, Alberta
Please join us in celebrating Ostara 2013
Event Details: Ostara
One of the astronomical Sabbats, held on the day of the Equinox. A slightly variable Sabbat, since the actual time of the equinox varies from year to year.
It is attributed to a Goddess, Eostre or Ostara, from whom the Christians supposedly took the name Easter. According to the Farrars' The Witches' Goddess, Ostara is a Teutonic Goddess who is a Maiden aspect of Earth. She may be related to Ishtar and Astarte.
In some traditions, this is the Festival of the Maiden, who at Bealtaine will marry the God who was born at Midwinter. Their union, and Her resulting pregnancy, brings fertility to the crops for the next year.
It is also a balance point in the year, where the hours of light and darkness are equal. There are some folk customs that indicate that our ancestors used the Fall and Spring Equinoxes to indicate the conflict between light and darkness. In Spring, the light wins and so the days become longer and summer will come. If the light lost, we would be trapped in winter. The Egyptians had a similar myth that described the battle that Ra must win with the Serpent Apep to allow his solar barge to rise in the morning.
Another myth describing the origin of Spring is the Greek one of Persephone. In this myth, winter is caused because Hades takes Persephone to his Realm as His Queen. Demeter, Persephone's mother, is distraught and swears that nothing will grow and the fields will be barren until Persephone is returned to her. Eventually she is returned and Demeter allows things to grow again. Each year the cycle of winter is repeated since Persephone ate some pomegranate seeds while in Hades's Realm. To eat a meal in that Realm means that one must stay forever. Persephone argues that the amount she ate wasn't a full meal, so she shouldn't have to stay there all the time. It is a myth of the coming of age of a young girl to the status of womanhood, despite the actions of her mother to keep her a child.
The symbolism of the eggs, chicks and bunnies that one associates with Easter today may be hold overs from earlier times. According to the Farrar's Witches' Bible I: The Sabbats, the eggs represent the World Egg, coming from the Goddess and kept warm and hatched by the light of the Sun God.
Other festivals around this time are:
Dionysus Festival -- March 16 -- A two day festival to promote the grape harvest.
Summer Finding -- March 23 -- Norse festival acknowledging the power of the sun having become greater than the darkness.
At any rate, the Equinox is a time when spring is on its way, the rigours of winter are past and one can see the buds on the trees swelling. Summer is on the way.
Event Location: Church in Calgary in Calgary
Event TIME Details: Ritual starts promptly at 7:30 pm
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