The Christian feast of Easter, which is held in the spring, has retained the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess who may have been associated with the spring season. This is the goddess Eostre, whose name is connected to the word for “east,” and probably also to the concept of dawn. Springtime, dawn, and the New Moon are often associated with growth and new beginnings. Elsewhere in the Germanic world, a goddess known as Erce was invoked for the abundance of the land, and these two goddesses may be connected. Here is part of an ancient magical invocation to the Earth goddess in spring:
Erce, Erce, Erce,
Mother of Earth,
Fields growing and flourishing,
Bringing forth and strengthening
Bright fruits and wide barley-crops.
Hail to you, Earth,
Mother of human beings.
May you spring up in the Embrace of the Sky God
And be filled with food
For the use of mortals.
SPELL TO ENCOURAGE SUNSHINE
You will need: suntan lotion carnelian or red jasper crystal orange candle Light the candle, rub suntan lotion into your hands and toss the crystal from palm to palm seven times as you say: "Goddess Sol bless and decree that the sun shall shine on me" Do this every morning leading up to your holiday or event that you want sunshine for.
To make the sun lighter or to make it shine. This spell will take a couple of minutes to make the sun shine. Use this spell when the sky is dark. Or when the sky is not that bright.
Look up in the sky and move your hands now say the spell: Make the sun shine So I can feel fine I want it to light But not fight
By this time of the winter you may be experiencing “winter blues” from dreary days, too much snow, or being cooped up in your house too long. Chase the blues away by making the house springlike. Get “daylight” bulbs and replace your standard bulbs. Fresh flowers or even artificial ones can add a springlike feeling. Floral scents such as lavender or lilac will make the house smell like spring. Wash curtains, bed linens, and towels with a fabric softener that has that “spring fresh” scent. Add a new picture that brings spring to mind, or paint one. Maybe add some new, brighter colors around the house to help lift the winter doldrums. Change your surroundings: add color and brightness and scent to bring those “winter blues” under control.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Posted by Judith at 4:15 AM