Ostara ritual at Cutthorn mound – with intention flag making. I host celebrations of the seasonal festivals in Southampton and this one was for Ostara or the Spring Equinox.
I always love to include a little crafty activity in my rituals, so this time we made intention flags, as Spring Equinox is associated with air. We each drew and wrote our intentions for the coming growing seasons on little flags and then tied them to a nice long bamboo from my garden. Lack of wind meant I had to run a few laps around the circle to get the full effect of the flags flying in the breeze!
The flags are now up in my garden where I can see them each morning from my bedroom window and add my energy and focus to the intentions.
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Nettles and cleavers
Mama Nature knows what we need at this time of year – cleavers and nettles growing together to boost our energy, give us iron, purify and cleanse the system and fire us up with vigour for the Springtime.
These are good beginner herbs as easy to identify, especially now, and hard to confuse with anything inedible!
Always check another source of anything new to you, to ID for yourself – and never eat anything you aren’t sure of.
Make sure you pick them away from traffic and where dogs haven’t peed on them.
Cleavers or ‘Sticky Willy’ – Galium aparine
Cleavers are a great little wild herb for food and healing, and they are coming up everywhere here in the South of England at the moment.
This little plant looks and feels like a scrubbing brush and is perfect for cleansing the system at the end of winter. Also amusingly known as ‘Sticky Willy’ which pleases my inner naughty child.
Spring tonic, cleanses lymph, cooling in fevers, good for cystitis, immune booster, soothes mucous membranes, reduces inflammation.
Calming & soothing on the emotions, renewed energy, take before a change of direction. Also good for when commitment to something is needed as they are sticky little things!
I am the unknown
the most feared
the dark space
when you close your eyes
where you can hide
My hands wrap around threads
to tie them all together
at the end
and say ‘we are complete, it is finished’.
My touch is tender and cold
in the small hours
to wake you with reminders
and sing you back
— JMF 2017
My hands are free
to reach upwards
to fill my arms with sweet fruit.
I wear purple robes
I have dry leaves caught in my silvering hair.
I am unafraid of my own completeness.
I am truly ready to leave tomorrow
if I need to.
I claim this space around me
I claim the stories within me
I claim every second that remains to me.
— JMF 2017