Our circle celebrated the Spring Equinox (Ostara) last night. We also had a birthday to celebrate. One of our ladies is an Ostara baby and so, as we do for all of our ladies, we have a Birthday Blessing ritual and celebrated her life. At this ritual we offer her spiritual gifts, just like the faerie godmothers did for Sleeping Beauty. Of course, we did not have someone who offered her anything negative as we were all invited! So she won’t be sleeping for 100 years! LOL
We also had a birthday cake (actually two) for her and some beautiful gifts which she loved! As we celebrated Spring and its beauty we also celebrated Nakoomis and her beauty. We all bring things of beauty into this world that we use to affect others. In Enchanted Rose Moon Circle we like to recognize this. It’s so important to celebrate our loved ones, to celebrate their passages just the way we celebrate the coming of the seasons and their passing also.
Rites of passages have almost become a thing of the past. I for one really have missed that! I have made it my business and my circle’s business to honor those passages in my life and in the lives of my loved ones and my ladies (of course they are loved ones, too)! When we honor people they come to know how important they are to us and to the world. There is no need for them to guess at our feelings or to guess at their worth. This builds self esteem and helps them to feel valuable.
In Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft there is a beautiful place for these rites of passages. Within our circles we can celebrate each person and their growth and passages. I would love to see that in our world at large. What would change if we showed each other how valuable we are? How would our world change and grow! How would people treat each other if they felt appreciated?
Spring is a wonderful time to plant the seeds of celebrating life and the people you love. What can we celebrate for each person? Well, there’s birth and birthdays (of course), the becoming a young woman or young man, the passage into adulthood, hand-fasting and or marriage, births of children (I know I said that already), various accomplishments, menopause for women and men?, Queenhood (the time between Mother and Crone, Croning and Sagehood, and yes even death (is death not a part of life?). Can you think of any other life celebrations? I challenge all of us to begin celebrating the lives of ourselves and others!
At this time of rebirth and renewal we can be joyful about life for many reasons, not the least of which is that we are alive and can celebrate everything about being on our beautiful planet!
I also want to say while we celebrate our lives let us be mindful of the suffering of those in Japan and in other parts of the world where disasters have struck. Let us help where we can and certainly send our good thought, prayers, and energy out for their safety, healing, comfort, and peace! We have become a global world in that we can easily reach out to others on our planet via the web. Because of this I believe we have an obligation to act where and how we can.
I leave you with these action words whether it be for honoring people through rites of passage and celebrating their lives or for helping others across the world:
GO, BE, DO!!!