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     Updated 19/03/2015

     Ostara (Old High German) or Ēostre (Old English) falls upon 20th March.  It is one of eight ancient Wheel Of The Year festivals denoting seasonal shifts.

     Ostara marks The Vernal (meaning “youthful”) Equinox: the height of Spring.

     Daylight and darkness are balanced at The Equinox, prior to the lengthening of days: a period sometimes referred to as Lent.  It is a time to celebrate fecundity and growth.

     Ostara is named for an ancient Germanic goddess and the month that bears her name; Ôstarmânoth, now April.

     Ostara is a dawn goddess associated to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.  She represents the resurrection of light following the death of Winter.

     Ostara’s totem animal is the hare: a symbol of fertility dating back to prehistoric times.  The hare was admired for its enthusiastic mating rituals and it’s associations to moon goddesses and the female reproductive cycle.

     Eggs are an ancient symbol of renewal, fertility and life-force.  They can be decorated to represent the wishes we hope will manifest in the coming summer.

     Eggs were used to play a number of festival games such as treasure hunts, races and relays (our modern egg and spoon race).

     Ostara is a solar festival so bonfires, hearth fires and candles can also be lit.

     The daffodil or “harbinger of Spring” is the traditional flower of the Ostara festival.

 

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     This May Day reading, with Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot was insightful as always; a timely reminder to trust one’s instincts and take more care over prioritising.

     Turning over this site’s “personal” card  (position 10.) The Eight of Cups, shouldn’t be a surprise by now but it is always a pleasant surprise to see “Lily” shunning the negatives, stepping bravely forward on her creative path and chasing the dream!

     Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this spread, you don’t need to be an expert, the pictures tell a story, so have a go and leave your comments.

 

     1.  Inquirer/The Present ~ The Queen of Cups (centre left then anti-clockwise)

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Five of Pentacles

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~The Three of Pentacles

     4.  Secret Wishes ~ The Six of Pentacles

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Ace of Pentacles

     6.  To Come ~ The Two of Pentacles

     7.  Environment ~ The Page of Wands

     8.  Influence of Others ~ The Knight of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Page of Cups

     10.  Outcome ~ The Eight of Cups

 

     You can read about this site’s approach on interpreting the Tarot by following the link below.

      Naked Tarot.

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Storm Corrosion

Thanks for introducing me to Storm Corrosion. It’s the video that caught my eye – amazing animation, I’m sure my visitors will love it (or have sleepless nights!).

Adrenochrome Music

Here as promised.

As with any Supergroup or side project involving big names there is the added pressure to succeed or at least, you’d hope, sound good. Metallica and Lou Reed failed at even this, most pedestrian of accomplishments. Chickenfoot, Black Country Communion and Adrenaline Mob are all concurrent bands among many that have stared down the barrel of Supergroup hype. Storm Corrosion fits into this bracket nicely as it contains two giant names and has, it seems, been on tips of many tongues now for three or four years, and briefly on Mike Portnoy’s until he was once again left out in the cold.

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Tiana Setka's Divination Blog

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I found this fantastic artwork on DevianArt. It’s made by hellobaby, such a talented artist. You can see her work here.

Did you noticed that the Fool is a girl? I love that. And this gorgeous outfit she made, wow ! I would use her deck if she decides to make it, don’t you? The only thing I would change is that I will remove the upper frame. As a tarot reader I want my cards to be more ‘clean’, easier to focus and read, and the upper frame is drawing my attention too much.

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Images: © hellobaby on DevianArt

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