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« Topic Start: March 12, 2010, 11:59:26 pm »

Hey all, this is a thread for everyone to gather, plan, pre-game, whatever about the upcoming festival of Ostara! How do you plan on celebrating this day?

Personally, I plan on getting a hair-cut (one of four times a year, guess when the other three are!), and going to the Chicago area with a couple friends to a wonderful quaint place called the Celtic Knot. Granted, it's the wrong half of my faith to celebrate the day, but the German restaurant I love to go is 3 hours away, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Since the only times I go there are on very special occasions (aka, visiting the J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit), I'll wait for another festival day to go there.

Now it's your turn! For those who haven't thought about it yet, it's never too late to get a hair-cut!  Tongue
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« Reply #1: March 13, 2010, 04:15:16 am »

Now it's your turn!
The Equinox also happens to coincide with the Thelemic New Year. There's a rite we're doing at our OTO lodge for it, as well as having some brethren from Italy coming up for a Gnostic Mass. Should be good times!
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« Reply #2: March 13, 2010, 08:18:49 am »



If my budget oks it, then we will be going to Ann Arbor to the local groves ritual.  It's not 'far' but gas is going up and I didn't work at all this week.  My currant job is becoming unreliable.  If we can't make it we will have something small here but either way I also plan on working on 'spring' crafts for the outside.  I have some birdfeeders I need to paint and prepare, and some outdoor decorations to touch up before they go back outside.  Also we will be starting some seeds indoors that weekend too.
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« Reply #3: March 13, 2010, 08:21:31 am »

The Equinox also happens to coincide with the Thelemic New Year. There's a rite we're doing at our OTO lodge for it, as well as having some brethren from Italy coming up for a Gnostic Mass. Should be good times!

Hopefully it will be so! Forgive the ignorance on my part, what is a Gnostic Mass? The extent of the word gnosis I understand is that it pertains to spiritual knowledge (ex: gnostic gospels).

For all intensive purposes, have a happy new year!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4: March 13, 2010, 08:39:17 am »

If my budget oks it, then we will be going to Ann Arbor to the local groves ritual.  It's not 'far' but gas is going up and I didn't work at all this week.  My currant job is becoming unreliable.  If we can't make it we will have something small here but either way I also plan on working on 'spring' crafts for the outside.  I have some birdfeeders I need to paint and prepare, and some outdoor decorations to touch up before they go back outside.  Also we will be starting some seeds indoors that weekend too.

Well, dragonfly_high, best wishes for your budget and work situations. I wish I could have a bird feeder here where I live, but the landlord ain't too keen about me hanging stuff out the window.  Tongue

I have to ask, is the local grove you're referring to ADF?
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« Reply #5: March 13, 2010, 12:08:38 pm »

Hopefully it will be so! Forgive the ignorance on my part, what is a Gnostic Mass? The extent of the word gnosis I understand is that it pertains to spiritual knowledge (ex: gnostic gospels).

For all intensive purposes, have a happy new year!  Cheesy
Liber XV, it's the central public and private rite of the OTO, and our ecclesiastical wing, E.G.C(Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, Gnostic Catholic church) It was constructed by Crowley in 1913 when he was in Moscow and inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Church there. It was constructed emphasising the pre-Christian elements behind the Mass, and a vessel for Thelema.
 The Great Rite in Wicca is based off of Crowley's Gnostic Mass. Gardner was a brethren himself.  Wink
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« Reply #6: March 13, 2010, 12:48:12 pm »

I have to ask, is the local grove you're referring to ADF?

Thank you, there seems to be a good chance on going after all. Cheesy *doing the happy dance*.

Yes, it is.  Shining Lakes Grove.
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« Reply #7: March 13, 2010, 09:17:23 pm »

Liber XV, it's the central public and private rite of the OTO, and our ecclesiastical wing, E.G.C(Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, Gnostic Catholic church) It was constructed by Crowley in 1913 when he was in Moscow and inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Church there. It was constructed emphasising the pre-Christian elements behind the Mass, and a vessel for Thelema.
 The Great Rite in Wicca is based off of Crowley's Gnostic Mass. Gardner was a brethren himself.  Wink

That sounds sweet, and pretty interesting since it's got some cool historical ties. Hope you find it fulfilling this spring equinox.

Hail Morrigan!
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« Reply #8: March 13, 2010, 09:26:23 pm »

Thank you, there seems to be a good chance on going after all. Cheesy *doing the happy dance*.

Yes, it is.  Shining Lakes Grove.

Yay! Good news for one cool person is good news for all cool people!

I've been contemplating looking more into ADF. Although I'm a half / half norse and celtic God/Goddess worshiper, druidism has been becoming more and more of an interest that I want to incorporate into my path. If I can find out how strict to the exact theology behind druidism I have to be, I'll have enough info to take the plunge, because everything else about it captivates me.

I feel kinda guilty with the Celtic high jacking of the Heathenry SIG. Although I guess I could start a Asatru Ostara celebration in the Celtic SIG, are there any asatruar that are celebrating? Bob, you've got interesting things to say, reading this by chance?  Smiley
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« Reply #9: March 13, 2010, 09:33:09 pm »

I've been contemplating looking more into ADF. Although I'm a half / half norse and celtic God/Goddess worshiper, druidism has been becoming more and more of an interest that I want to incorporate into my path. If I can find out how strict to the exact theology behind druidism I have to be, I'll have enough info to take the plunge, because everything else about it captivates me.

It actually covers way more then just Celtic deities.  Members honor deities from Celtic, Germanic, Lithuanian, Polish, Greek and other Indo-European deities besides ancestors and nature spirits.  Makes for interesting conversations. Cheesy
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« Reply #10: March 14, 2010, 01:43:54 am »


I will be having some friends round, doing a small ritual with those that are Pagan, and then feeding everyone and generally having a good time.  Smiley
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« Reply #11: March 14, 2010, 03:15:23 am »

Hail Morrigan!
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« Reply #12: March 14, 2010, 12:53:18 pm »

I feel kinda guilty with the Celtic high jacking of the Heathenry SIG.

If the thread needs moved, it can be--just say something and one of us staffers will move it.  Smiley  I actually hadn't looked at what folder it was in until you said something and was surprised to find it in this one.  I'd thought Ostara was more Wiccan or maybe Celtic.  Is it common for Asatru to celebrate Ostara?
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« Reply #13: March 14, 2010, 01:25:39 pm »

If the thread needs moved, it can be--just say something and one of us staffers will move it.  Smiley  I actually hadn't looked at what folder it was in until you said something and was surprised to find it in this one.  I'd thought Ostara was more Wiccan or maybe Celtic.  Is it common for Asatru to celebrate Ostara?

I'm honestly not sure! I found information on it while reading Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova, in the chapter Holy Tides, on page 183. That, and there is a section dedicated to Ostara (Eostre) in The Gods and Goddesses chapter, on page 112. That, and it was mentioned in passing somewhere in the SIG. The book claims to focus on Heathen and Asatruar practices.

And yet, on the other hand it would explain the lack of Heathen replies!  Tongue
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« Reply #14: March 14, 2010, 01:40:36 pm »

I'm honestly not sure! I found information on it while reading Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova, in the chapter Holy Tides, on page 183. That, and there is a section dedicated to Ostara (Eostre) in The Gods and Goddesses chapter, on page 112. That, and it was mentioned in passing somewhere in the SIG. The book claims to focus on Heathen and Asatruar practices.

And yet, on the other hand it would explain the lack of Heathen replies!  Tongue

I think Imbolc, Beltaine, Samhain and Lugnassah are the Celtic celebrations/Wiccan Wheel of the Year. 

Yule and Ostara (Eostre) are Heathen and also a part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year.  But according to this website Ostara is also called Summer Finding.  http://www.ravenkindred.com/RBHolidays.html.  Ostara is a Germanic Goddess.
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