"This Sabbat recognizes the start of spring, and celebrates the Goddess, once again in her maiden aspect. This Sabbat is a time for fertility rituals, and the cutting of spring's first blossoms. Day and night are equal as Spring begins to enliven the environment with new growth and more newborn animals. Many people feel "reborn" after the long nights and coldness of winter. The Germanic Goddess Ostara or Eostre (Goddess of the Dawn), after whom Easter is named, is the tutelary deity of this holiday. It is she, as herald of the sun, who announces the triumphal return of life to the earth. Witches in the Greek tradition celebrate the return from Hades of Demeter's daughter Persephone; Witches in the Celtic tradition see in the blossoms the passing of Olwen, in whose footprints flowers bloom. The enigmatic egg, laid by the regenerating snake or the heavenly bird, is a powerful symbol of the emergence of life out of apparent death or absence of life." From the Covenant of the Goddess DECORATIONS ACTIVITIES Pysansky egg decorating EVENTS Cauldrons full of water, happy growing plants, symbols of animal and plant abundance in general, and signs of spring. Eggs and rabbits, best known as symbols of Easter, originally came from spring festivals like this one, and imply renewal and fertility.
ACTIVITIES Egg Coloringhttp://yellow.crc.ricoh.com/~rowanf/COG/icon.html EVENTSMarch Witchcamp Focused workshops, rituals Sylvia Adame Texas etc. with Reclaiming (512) 288-6615 3/14-16 Spirit of Spring Fun, frolic, workshops, Spirit of Spring $35 ($45 Lake Eufala, OK rituals, celebrating P.O. Box 10161 aft 2/1) Ostara (Spring Equinox) Enid, OK 73706 3/14-16 Love Without Polyamory workshop IntiNet Res.Cn. Limits for people with more than P.O. Box 4322 Atlanta, GA 1 lover (415)507-1739 San Rafael, CA 94913 3/27-29 Celebration of Song, mirth, workshops, (214) 204-7183 Womanhood ritual etc. for Women Texas area 3/21-23 Healing from Temple of the Beloved 7Oaks Pathwork Cntr. Being with Karon & Ron Aarons Rt. 1, Box 86 Madison, VA (540) 948-6544 Madison, VA 22727 3/27-30 Honoring Fauna Focus on animals, wild, The Earth Conclave SW Wisconsin clan, personal allies P.O. Box 14377 mythological beasts, etc. Madison, WI 53714 4/4-6 The Healing Ram Das, Barbara Brennan Omega Journey Brian Weiss, Gabrielle 260 Lake Drive New York City Roth, Stan Grof, etc. Rhinebeck,NY 12572 4/5-7 QuarterGate Place sighting gates for White Dove Dedication quarters of Stone Circle (304) 252-1094 Artemis, PA firstname.lastname@example.org Nowicki Workshop Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki Harvest Moon 4/5-7 New York workshop (215) 368-5118 4/12-13 N. Carolina Contact Light Haven (704) 693-4704 4/18-20 Atlanta, GA Contact Lodge Phoenix (912) 598-0377 4/18-19 Women's Drumming Women drumming, workshops (518) 374-6912 Festival etc. (518) 786-1871 Albany, NY 4/18-20 Ecumenicon X In depth programs on Games Eumenicon Fellowship $150 ($175 New Carrollton Md Paradise, Labyrinth, P.O. Box 6006 @ door) Spiritual Village, Baltimore, MD 21231 incl.Hotel Sanctuary, Make Difference (301) 595-7434 4/24-27 Gathering of the Theme:The way of the Bards Lady Cerridwen of YTT $45 Tribes several Wiccan Bands, P.O. Box 674884 Faire Glen Farm,SC workshops, rituals, etc. Marietta, GA 30006 (770) 516-6115 4/25-27 Beltane Freedom Rituals, workshops, music Church of Iron Oak Festival etc. at clothing optional P.O. Box 060672 St. Pierce, FL camp, with Iron Oak Palm Bay, FL 32903 (407) 722-0291 4/25-27 Foxwood Mayfest Celebrate return of spring White Dove Artemis, PA with Foxwood Temple in the (304) 252-1094 old tradition