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« Topic Start: March 14, 2010, 12:14:56 pm »

Well, the spring equinox is upon us, and I was just wondering what people here plan on doing to celebrate?

I'm still pretty new to the theology, as well as the current cultural practices here, but do followers of Celtic ideology celebrate the equinox? From what I understand, an Ostara celebration is not typically associated with it, but I could be wrong.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, and please feel free to talk about anything cool you've got lined up! I'm getting a haircut, and going to a great restaurant called the Celtic Knot, so it should be fun!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1: March 16, 2010, 10:52:51 pm »

Well, the spring equinox is upon us, and I was just wondering what people here plan on doing to celebrate?

I'm still pretty new to the theology, as well as the current cultural practices here, but do followers of Celtic ideology celebrate the equinox? From what I understand, an Ostara celebration is not typically associated with it, but I could be wrong.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, and please feel free to talk about anything cool you've got lined up! I'm getting a haircut, and going to a great restaurant called the Celtic Knot, so it should be fun!  Cheesy

I do plan to celebrate the Equinox, but you're right that it's not really a part of Celtic tradition - as far as I know!! However, the equinoxes and solstices are important for me personally, and I'll specifically choose honor my Norse heritage/ancestors on that day. Besides, most of my Pagan friends follow the Wheel of the Year, so it's easy for us to gather for Ostara - we'll probably get together with those families to celebrate and do an activity or craft. Probably we'll paint flowerpots and plant some seeds, that worked well for us before! On the actual day of the Equinox I'll have a special feast with my husband and kids, and I'm going to try to find some nice Ostara/Equinox story to read to the kiddos, and if we don't plant seeds with our friends, we'll do so then - and either that sunrise or that sunset I'll do a blot.

Not very Celtic, but that's what we've got planned. Smiley
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« Reply #2: March 17, 2010, 07:45:32 am »



Ostara (Eostre, whatever you call it) was not originally celebrated by the Celts, as far as I know. I've read some books that claim it wasn't a typical Sabbat, but what I call a Quarter Day instead. That's how I view it, but people who are closer to Recon don't really, I don't think. I picked up celebrating it from when I was trying to be Wiccan, and it stuck.

As for celebrating, I have no idea. I'll probably write a poem about spring time (if I do, and it's not complete crap, I'll post it in the writing section), maybe some kind of drawing or painting too. I'm pregnant this year for the equinox, which means something special to me, so I might choose that day to start my baby book. That actually sounds like a really good idea for me, lol. Oh, and spring cleaning leading up to it (morning sickness permitting) and a house blessing.  If it's a week day, I might do some kind of morning salute, since I'm up with the kidlets anyway. Haven't been getting much sleep, and with the baby, I'm not going to interrupt what I can get, I'm sure the gods understand. I'd love to cook, but the members of my family here won't eat anything I cook.

Sorry this was a bit rambly, I actually had no real plans when I found this thread.
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« Reply #3: March 20, 2010, 11:06:03 pm »

Well, the spring equinox is upon us, and I was just wondering what people here plan on doing to celebrate?

I'm still pretty new to the theology, as well as the current cultural practices here, but do followers of Celtic ideology celebrate the equinox? From what I understand, an Ostara celebration is not typically associated with it, but I could be wrong.

I wasn't sure about this, and the Cill was doing a group shift, so I tried it, but I didn't feel like I was connecting. But this makes sense, especially in combination with my questions as to how appropriate it is to celebrate the four seasons while living in a place that only has two (dry and rainy, and even those don't differ much from each other).
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« Reply #4: March 22, 2010, 12:56:57 am »

I do plan to celebrate the Equinox, but you're right that it's not really a part of Celtic tradition - as far as I know!!

http://www.knowth.com/loughcrew.htm

One of the many significant sites in Ireland aligned to the equinoxes. Archaeology tells us Loughcrew was used in the Iron Age so it falls under the header of 'celtic' site so its suitable for CR and under its popular name Slieve na Caillaigh (the mountain of the cultic cailleach to you guys) is a local centre of secular equinox celebrations today so its suitable for lovers of Traditional Irish belief too.

IMO it is a part of Irish tradition and could be a part of celtic tradition, though CR would probably want to stay away from the celebration given its strong links to the popular fertility cults.
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« Reply #5: March 24, 2010, 11:51:02 am »

Oi Vey do I have something planned. My wife and I (and by extension the Twisted Tree Protogrove (ADF) which I am Grove Organizer of are helping Organize a local festival (by the Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council)  for Ostara and I got press ganged into doing the opening ritual. I’m luck that the next leader of ADF (Kirk Thomas) is also there as Keynote speaker. But while this coming weekend is not actually the equinox or anything to do with it…. I’ve got Ostara on the Brain. … Oh and  I am event security chief too… guess that makes me a Red shirt Wink
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Oh and  I am event security chief too… guess that makes me a Red shirt Wink

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