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CIRCLE OF THE SUBLIME ELM [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...
What to Bring: Potluck, so please bring something to share!
Price/Donation: There's never a fee to participate!
Acct. Id: 373203
Event Id: 85760
BLESSED OSTARA and the RITES of SPRING 2013
When: Mar. 23rd. 2013
Where: Downtown ORLANDO, Florida
BLESSED OSTARA and the RITES of SPRING 2013
Event Details: Merry Meet to All!!!
All Paths Are Welcome
The Sublime Elm is the fastest growing & most active Pagan Group in Florida!!!
Please check us out and join if you wish at: http://www.meetup.com/Circleofthe-SublimeElm/
and the Rites of Spring!
There is never a charge to Sublime Elms to participate in circle!!!
Gathering at 1 pm
Ritual begins at 2 pm
Join us for a very special Ostara celebration this year! In the joy of the season, to celebrate the beauty of the spring we will be celebrating Ostara at 'Our magickal and sacred' Circle of the Sublime Elm!!!
As part of our festivities we will be hosting
◦A magickal ritual of renewal, rejuvenation, growth and fertility!
◦Epic Battle between the Sun King and Horned One
◦Ostara Egg Hunt
◦Feasting !!! (Potluck, so please bring something to share)
Feel free to dress in your best Spring Pagan finery! Bring your Ostara Basket !
Ostara (Eostre) circa March 21, also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox, is one of two dates where day and night are equal; a point of balance, after which the forces of light gain power and preeminence over the powers of darkness until it reaches its ultimate at Midsummer.
Deities honored during this festival are those of the maiden goddess and the youthful, warrior god. The sabbat takes its name from Eostra (Ostara) , the Goddess of the Dawn, the Saxon Goddess who heralds the triumphant rebirth of the Sun and the return of the greening season. Hellenic traditions celebrate the return of Persephone, Demeter's daughter, from Hades. Some sects see this as the time of courtship between the God and the Goddess, whose relationship will then be consummated at the following sabbat of Beltaine.
Symbols of this holiday include eggs, rabbits, and flowers of all kinds. Modern secular activities such as the dying of Easter Eggs are remnants of ancient Pagan traditions. The Anglo-Saxons painted eggs with their hopes and dreams and presented them as a gift to Eostre. These eggs were then buried in the Earth, so that the Earth-Mother would know dreams of her children, in hopes that She would see fit to help them realize their desires. This practice predates Christianity by approximately 1000 years.
Rabbits (hares) were the companions of Eostre, and she is still often pictured with a hare by Her side. Because of their well-acknowledged reproductive ability, they are the perfect compliments to the start of a fertility-based season.
In many cultures, the Goddess was known not only as the Goddess of Fertility, but also as the Goddess of Grain. Therefore, special cakes and breads were baked and given to Her in offering. This tradition remained, long after the original reasons were lost, and we still see people baking special Easter breads and cakes today.
Other foods traditional to this season include those made of seeds, as well as pine nuts. Also, green leafy vegetables and sprouts are equally appropriate. Some groups create special dishes made of flowers, such as stuffed nasturtiums or carnation cupcakes.
Our Feast is Potluck!!!
So, if you partake in the feast…..
Please bring something to share or a $$$ donation.
Your food item should be able to feed at least a eight people.
We encourage you to bring hand instruments drums, flutes, tambourines, claves, maracas, bells, noise makers, and such.
Please remember to always enter our Circle with an open mind and an open heart.
A caring & loving good deed from the Sublime Elms
to help out Joy with her Animal Rescue!
Please bring dog or cat food / items to donate.
Check out: http://www.wandsofavalon.com/12.html
Our dear Nadia came from Joy's Animal Rescue.
Event Location: Circle of the Sublime Elm in Downtown ORLANDO
Event TIME Details: Gathering at 1pm
Directions: Off Bumby on E Livingston
Website II: http://www.meetup.com/Orlando-GayPagans-Meetup-Group/
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