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Ostara to Beltane: Touching Earth

by Judy Harrow and Mevlannen Beshderen

Whan that Aprille with his shores sote
The drought of March hath perced to the rote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Sephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open eye,
(So pricketh hem nature in hir corages):
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages ...

Geoffrey Chaucer

At Ostara, light and dark come into balance, in what is nearly everywhere a season of storms. It seems as if the Sun must fight for a greater place in the sky. Then the storms subside as April unfolds, and the returning sun warms the land and sky. Buds open. Birds return. The Earth wakes into flower. People, from long before Chaucer's time to our own, have taken any excuse -- definitely including religious devotion -- to get themselves out of doors.

Since our spirituality centers on Mother Earth Herself, this is not an excuse but an imperative: touch the Earth!

During the winter, we were housebound, literally insulated from the Earth. Now, as Spring releases us, our very first priority should be to renew our connection with Nature. There are many ways of fulfilling this most pleasant need. Here are a few of the possibilities:

written by: Judy Harrow, HPs, Proteus Coven
updated: March 12, 2000; 1998, 2000, by Judy Harrow
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You may go on to:

Beltane to Midsummer

You may go back to:

Oimelc to Ostara

You may also go to:

Walking our Talk: the Seasons between the Sabbats.

You might want to explore some environmental links

or go off site to visit Wychwood Temple, where you will find
Doug and Sandy Kopf's excellent essay on the folklore of Beltane

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