Ask Andi / Sunday, March 20, 2011 /
Happy Ostara (also Eostara, Eostre) or also known as the Spring/Vernal Equinox! It is celebrated when night and day are in perfect balance. That is, they are the same amount of hours. At this time we are inviting the fertility of the Earth to awaken. So, it is also the first day of Spring!!! Which believe me, after being in FL for a few years and experiencing Winter again, I'm MORE than happy Spring has sprung! Now is the time to consider what goals or wishes you would like to achieve that you will nurture for the next few months to blossom and grow!
With my last Celebrate Ostara post, I talked about gardening and how I bless my seeds for the upcoming growing season. This time, I'm going to focus more on manifesting goals! Now is the perfect time for achieving new or uncompleted goals, wishes and dreams! No more excuses for why you may be hindering your growth! In a sense you will be blooming yourself! :)
With many of my spells I like to work with candles. Candle flames are seen on all astral levels and can carry your workings out into these planes. The flames can also be a representation of the growing sunlight as well as your goals being achieved! There is an old wives tale of burning green candles at the Equinox to bring in financial prosperity, but this of course could also be used for any manifestation by substituting another candle color; pink for love, purple for spirituality/psychic abilities, etc. You can find more information on my post Manifesting with Candle Magick.
I begin by cleansing my home and self by lighting a sage stick. Then I will bless my candles to be used. If I'm using oils on them, I will "dress" them and inscribe any symbols I would like them to have, then will hold them in my hands and focus my intent into them, following up with infusing them with Reiki energy as well. If I'm making incense, I will gather all the ingredients and will bless them and leave them on my altar. Because I am such a visual person, when I manifest, I like to have a list to focus on as well. Sometimes I'll make it super pretty with Photoshop and other times I'll just use a piece of paper and doodle my own designs on it to spiffy it up, and still other times I will make a wish board with pictures of what I'd like to manifest! The main purpose to any spell work or energy work is to make it work for YOU and the best way you can feel your energy pouring into it!
Set everything up!! You'll want your space to look pretty! Especially if you would like to do the working more than once. Usually I can find some pretty good flowers at Walmart or the grocery store that'll make the altar look nice! Set up the candles, and incense if you're using it.
Begin the work:
Depending on your beliefs, you may or may not cast a circle to work within. Either way if you do or don't, take a moment to center your thoughts and do a light meditation to get yourself ready for the work. After, you may want to call in some deities if you work with them, but if not, you can just start with the manifesting! Light your incense and candles and begin stating your affirmations you would like to manifest. Here are a few examples!
I choose my happiness and eliminate negative thoughts that keep me from my goals.
I trust the Universe and what I need or want is always taken care of.
I completely accept myself and others as unique beings.
I give thanks for my substantial increase in my finances.
I trust that I have far more than what I feel is needed coming my way.
My work is deeply fulfilling and I will receive the income I need.
I am open to giving and receiving love.
I am worthy to be loved and will share my love of life with others.
The love I have been looking for has been present all along.
My body and mind are happy and healthy.
My body is receiving the proper care that it requires.
I am healthy and strong and love my body.
Now, these are just some examples and I'm sure there are far more available on the internet with a quick Google search of "affirmations" or you will be able to come up with some that are just as effective! Besides writing or chanting your desires you just need to relax, keep positive and allow time for the ritual to work it's magick for you!
There are many ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday! If you need any help personalizing your spiritual path, feel free to send me a message at my email or facebook and I'd be more than happy to help you!!
My heart truly goes out to the Japanese people at this time of their hardship! Whenever I hear of any problems in Japan I immediately think of my husband's stepmother and pray that her family in Japan is safe. Thankfully they mostly live in the southern area near Fukuoka. However, this time with the volcano problems and tsunami warnings also going happening with Hawaii, we were stressed for his father and stepmom since they're in Honolulu. There are many things going on with the Earth at this time, and it may be tough to see things in any sort of positive light! But when faced with adversity, you also can't give up or give in!! I was surprised to see so many negative postings on Twitter about the Japanese getting back to work so soon after this happened. But if you don't understand their culture, I guess it may seem somewhat unsympathetic to their people's needs. At the same time though, what else should they be doing?! Sitting around saying woe is me?? That's just not how they do it. What has happened can not be changed but they will still try to find the good in what is a difficult situation and move forward. Unfortunately it doesn't appear as though things are moving as quickly to help the people without electricity, food and water. But if you would like to donate to help out in even a small way, PC Mag has a list of organizations and how to donate. Even the smallest amount of help will be greatly appreciated!
Ok so now it's time to get onto the Tarotscopes.. and hey just remember, if things come up stressful, it doesn't mean you can't come out back on top of things!! I also went back to using the Gilded Tarot this week as well. Was definitely interesting to see how the cards came out! Also, if there's a deck you would like to see me use on here, send me a message.. I have MANY decks available!
Aries (Mar 21 - April 19)- The shoreline might look as though it's closer than it appears, but don't jump ship and make a swim for it to get there sooner!! This week you'll need to make sure things are even more in order than you think they have been. Otherwise, you may end up finding out that someone else has been steering your ship way off course! Caution is key right now and by the time the week ends, if you've been able to re-evaluate where things were going, you should find a new path that will bring you exactly to your destination without any detours!
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)- Life has been anything but kind to you lately Taurus! But at the same time, are you really doing anything to change the ties that bind? This week you could end up seeing that if things are ever going to change, you might need to be the one to put your foot down! This is all about give and take. And you've done your fair share of both, but at the same time some responsibilities have been falling by the wayside. If you're ready for things to finally become stable, this week is the perfect time to get started on making things right in life again!
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)- This week you might feel as though the rug has been pulled out from under you! Maybe you saw this coming but didn't really want to believe it. On the flipside, maybe you're wishing and hoping for something to happen that is way out of reach. This card has many interpretations and the way you are pursuing the outcome may be seen more as wishful thinking without the action being put behind it. Take this time to think about how you're going about achieving what it is you're after. Having dreams and aspirations is encouraging, but a dose of realism is also needed.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)- Family life will most likely be a big focus this week for you Cancers. The problem is you won't be able to fix things quite as easily as you'd like. Something will be encroaching onto the family; work, other people, etc. You'll need to take the time to let those around you that you can work together to keep things running smoothly. If they don't want to hear what you have to say, don't push the situation, it'll only make it more difficult. Look at your own contributions as well to make sure you're not overlooking any responsibilities to the situation that's been created.
Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)- Usually you have no problems putting yourself out there! But this week you could find it easier to just stay home or hold back from voicing your opinion. Sometimes things end up beyond our control and now is one of those times where you'll need to take a step back from trying to force your way. If you're trying to break the rules, it's going to come back to bite you. You're not close to the finish line yet and there isn't a way to speed things up, so don't feel like you have all the answers to what's going on or you could end up with more problems you weren't even expecting.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)-This week you might be ready for a little appreciation! You've been keeping things running pretty smoothly lately and those around you are enjoying the benefits.. but is a little help or appreciation too much to ask for!? It shouldn't be! And it's not that you're not appreciated, it's just probably not shown as much as you'd like it to be. You do things so well that it's just become expected you know what you're doing without even trying! If you need a time out from things, go do something fun for yourself!! Things won't fall apart if you step away from your kingdom for very long!
Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)- You'll find it's less about them and more about yourself this week! Working towards exactly what you want for yourself and doing it your way! You've reclaimed yourself in a sense and have a greater appreciation for just who you really are. Things feel limitless right now and even the smallest accomplishments are making you proud. Some may try to knock you down from feeling so free, but you're not about to let any sort of negativity get in your way! At this point you might not even notice those sorts of antics, you're too focused on pushing yourself! Keep on this path and you're definitely sure to go far!
Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)- It might be wise to take the advice of others this week. If you've found that you're at a point of survival and need to take the next step in things, you won't be able to do it alone and you'll need to be sure of what your driving force behind things is. If you're letting fear overtake you from being able to really move forward, don't let your pride get in the way of asking for help. You want to succeed don't you? Have faith and strength that others are wanting you to succeed just as much as you do! You could end up feeling even more closer to those you reach out to!
Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)- Jupiter is your ruling planet in Astrology and also the ruling card for the Wheel of Fortune! Generally within Tarot, Temperance is seen as the card associated with Sagittarius, however with the good fortune of Jupiter this card aptly is describing things that are going on within your life this week. Things may not have been going quite as well as you've liked them to, but that's all about to change! Don't feel that success has to come at a price or struggle. You will need to learn to juggle your work with play though. Just try to make work more fun and it won't be a problem!
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)- This may be the time you get that partnership you've been looking for! It may be a relationship, but can also be within your career or even a rekindling of a relationship that has gone off course. Emotionally it may be tough to wrestle these feelings, you're quite used to being rational. But sometimes you do like to throw caution to the wind.. and now is the time if you're really wanting this connection to work in your best interest. If you've been wondering where things are headed, all the questions you've had are finally going to be answered. Take this win, you deserve it!
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)- This week could have you feel like you're running in circles! Don't become to frustrated if others are pushing your buttons more than normal. This could be all part of their plan! You can easily see all sides to a situation, but right now it could be tough to see where someone is coming from. Especially if they're being less than honest with you! You'll need to try and refrain from feeding into that negative energy, even if you feel it's for the good of more than just yourself. Either way, it doesn't seem like you'll win this battle... but don't worry, they won't either!
Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)- Right now you'll need to buckle down for some serious work if it's going to turn out how you'd like it to. As with many themes this week, there's no easy way out for you either! On the other hand, make sure you're working towards what you're really wanting and not fulfilling someone elses agenda! You may feel as though you're being taken advantage of, but it may be better to find that out now rather than later. Just pick up what you are left with and continue to move forward towards what you're really looking for. Intuitively, you know exactly what you should be doing.
As always, if you'd like a psychic, tarot, or astrology reading you can send me a message at facebook or my email. Hope you all have a fabulous week!