Sit, listen to the wind, birds and trees. Allow the beauty and chaos that is nature to enter and propel you through this time we call life.
Breath in the smells of an open fire place and a camp fire. Know the difference they have on you and your surroundings.
Give with an open heart and mind. Know that there are richer and poorer. But never measure those two thoughts by the amount of money one has. For richness is how you live and give of yourself, not what you have.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sowing Seeds for a New Spring- ~By: Mara Freeman
A Celtic ritual for helping your life’s garden grow.
The spring equinox in March marked the New Year in earlier days, and
the best time to sow seeds for the new harvest. In Ireland, the seeds
were offered up for blessing of Saint Brigit, who was once a Goddess
associated with the Earth, the sun and fertility. In Wales, families
went out into the fields to call on the Corn Spirit for a good harvest.
They poured a libation of cider on the ground and buried a piece of plum
cake as a libation to the Earth. After the feast, they joined hands and
danced across the field. A West Country Spring blessing captures this
Good luck to the hoof and horn Good luck to the flock and fleece Good luck to the growers of corn With blessings of plenty and peace!
Sowing our Seeds-
Light a candle at your altar, center yourself, and ponder on what
seeds you would like to sow in your life this year. Write down
everything which comes to you in a list, then choose three of them that
you can really focus on: one for yourself, one for your family or
community, and one for the planet. Seed will remain forever
dormant unless it is planted in earth that has been well prepared for
it. What groundwork do you need to do before your seed-ideas can
germinate? In the modern world, we are continually bombarded
with distracting stimuli. The straight, orderly furrows of a plowed
field remind us of the need to focus on our own projects. Look at ways
in which you can clear space and time in your week for cultivating the
delicate new shoots that will appear. As the plow may encounter
hard, stones in the soil, we may allow all sorts of things to get in the
way of our growth. Take a look at any obstacles, within or without,
that may prevent you from working towards your most important goals. How
do you plan to deal with them? Visualize your seed-ideas
growing and becoming strong, healthy “plants.” What will each idea look,
sound, smell, taste, and feel like when it comes to fruition? Paint a
picture in words or in colors, making them as real as possible, and
place on your altar. Ask Brigit to bless these projects with her life-giving sun and warmth. Now re-enter your daily life and be sure to nurture your seed-ideas with the four elements:
Air = inspiration Fire = enthusiasm Water = imagination Earth = practical application