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From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon3/20/13 2:57 AM 
To: All  (1 of 7) 
 9377.1 

~*~ Merry Spring! ~*~.

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The great Wheel of the Year turns to Spring and once again the Goddess blankets the Earth with green fertility as she bursts forth from her slumber. The God, growing to maturity, walks through the fertile feilds and delights in nature.

Also celebrated as Lady Day, Eostre's Day, Rite of Eostre, the Druidic Alban Eilir ("Light of the Earth") or Festival of the Trees, Welsh Gwyl Canol Gwenwynol, Baha'i Naw Ruz ("New Day"), this is the beginning of Spring, the Vernal Equinox.

Equinox means "equal night." The sun is now positioned above the equator. Day and night are very nearly equal in length all over the world. For the Nothern Hemisphere, it is the Spring Equinox because the sun is moving into the North. From now until the Autumnal Equinox, night time will be shorter than day time. Days will continue to become longer and longer until Summer Solstice. (For the Southern Hemisphere, the situation is reversed and Fall begins.)  In 2013, March 20th is the day of spring equinox. The exact moment is in the morning at 6:02AM Central Time.

The name "Ostara" for the Wiccan Spring sabbat comes from a Teutonic lunar Goddess of fertility, Eostre (also Eastre and Oestara). Her chief symbols are the bunny and the egg. The bunny is for fertility and because ancient worshippers often saw the image of a rabbit in the full moon. The egg represents assurance of renewal, the cosmic egg of creation.

The Norse celebrated the feast of the goddess Iduna, bearer of the magick apples of life, symbol of the light half of the year. Ancient Greeks held Dionysia, a festival of the wine god Dionysos. The Great Sphinx of Egypt points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of vernal equinox. For those of the Baha'i faith it is the beginning of a new year. Easter, the Christian high holy day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is near at hand as well.

Through about March 25, an Olde Calendar fixed date known as "Old Lady Day", this is a special time of light-dark balance. The same holds for yin and yang, the forces of masculine and feminine energy.

As we celebrate the rebirth of Nature and the coming lushness of Summer, it is an excellent point in the year to clear out, open up, and begin anything new. This is when to completely revitalize something, to enliven old communications, and to create new connections.

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Activities

Planting seeds
Clearing a space for a garden or starting flowers, vegetables, ...
Starting a magickal herb garden
Taking a long walk in nature reflecting on the magick of nature and
  her bounty
Randomly picking wildflowers and then looking up their meanings to reveal
  your inner thoughts and emotions
Filling up a dish with green and yellow candies and leaving them out for
  everyone to enjoy
Ringing bells
Lighting fires at dawn to honor the light half of the year for cure,
  renewed life, and protection of crops
Coloring hard-boiled or blown eggs (before coloring may draw in wax
  on hard-boiled eggs symbols of things you want in the coming year)
Cleaning your home to welcome the new season: Approach the work with
  positive thoughts to banish problems and negativity of past months.
  All motions involving scrubbing of stains, hand rubbing the floors,
  etc. should be done "clockwise" to fill the home with good energy
  for growth.

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Foods
Leafy green vegetables, eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, lamb, rabbit, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fresh dairy produce, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds, pine nuts, flower dishes and sprouts
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Teas of dandelion, hyssop, linden

Herbs and Other Plants
Ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrop, narcissus, crocus ..., all spring flowers

Symbols
Egg, rabbit, basket/nest; also the butterfly, cocoon, New Moon, the element Air, the direction East, and the time of dawn

Colors
Mainly pastels: lemon yellow, robin's egg blue, pale green, and pale pink; also grass green, violet, and white.

Gemstones
Jasper, aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone

Incense
Jasmine, dragon's blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, strawberry, ... practically any floral scent

Oils
Lotus, magnolia, ginger

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From ...

http://www.tylwythteg.com/wheel.html
http://www.factmonster.com/spot/riteofspring1.html

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.html
http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=11&chapter=30
http://gypsymagicspells.blogspot.com/2010/03/oestara.html

Si
 
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From: Kirsten (koshugi)4/3/13 4:11 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 7) 
 9377.2 in reply to 9377.1 
You too Si!
 

 
From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon4/3/13 7:15 PM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (3 of 7) 
 9377.3 in reply to 9377.2 
Yay! Koshugi is back!

Been to any drive-in movies lately?

 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)5/8/13 3:50 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 7) 
 9377.4 in reply to 9377.3 
We don't have any drive-ins here anymore. :( How about you?
 

 
From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon5/8/13 7:08 PM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (5 of 7) 
 9377.5 in reply to 9377.4 
We don't have any drive-ins here anymore. :( How about you?

Far as I can tell, we do not have any movie drive-ins actually within Houston.

However(!), we do have one, The ShowBoat <-- click, in Hockley (near Tomball) about 10 minutes from northwest Houston. For people in that part of the city, it's practically 'in Houston'. For sure the drive-in is closer than much of the rest of the city, say, Lake Houston, Hobby Airport, Rice or Houston U, or a hop to the Space Center.

Bet it would be fun to go there some time.

You know, entertainment wise, things could be fixing to go a bit retro. Drive-ins would be a perfect fit.

 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)3/15/14 10:00 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 7) 
 9377.6 in reply to 9377.5 
Maybe they'll make a comeback. Looks like I can't use html anymore on here...Hmmm....
 

 
From: Ralph (RBGlatt)3/27/14 2:13 PM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi) unread  (7 of 7) 
 9377.7 in reply to 9377.6 

The closest drive in for me is the one in Kane, PA. They updated it some last time I was there. They use a small FM transmitter instead of having all those speakers, but unfortunatly they use a frequency close to the one used at Mega Rock, the local radio station.

 

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