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The Season of spring is a time of new beginnings and of new growth. Parents can take thier children out and release the pent up energy from snowy and rainy days indoors. For Many this is the beginning of gardening and camping seasons,dirty knee's,raincoats,weekends spent at the Nursery and Hardware stores as well as Camping Supply Outlets. We find ourselves eating new vegetables rather than the stored winter supplies. We see the return of many animals,plants and insects that have been dormant all winter.
As the days grow longer we see our children grow taller. Last years warm weather clothing have been outgrown and it's time to buy or make new ones from them.
As we celebrate the season's we take time and appreciate what we have, and that we have survived another winter. Even if you live in a mild climate like I do, you can appreciate the changing of the seasons in many ways,savoring the fresh face that nature has put on everything, touching us all to the core of our being.
Blacktorne
Easter Theatre
Stage left
Enter Easter and she's dressed in yellow yolk
Stage right
Now the son has died, the father can be born
Stand up
If we'd all breathe in and blow away the smoke
New life
We'd applaud a new life
(Chorus) Odin mounts the tree
bleeds for you and me
Slashing on the lamb
Gamboling with Springs Step
buds will laugh and burst
Racing to be first
Turning all the soil
As the promptress fingers through her spinning script
(Chorus) Easter..in her bonnet Easter..in her hair Easter..are the ribbons She tied up everywhere
XTC:Apple VenusAndy Partridge

LINKS:Celebrations for Pagan Families

The Vernal Equinox: By Robin Du Molin
Happy Saint Patrics Day: links and info about this celebration.Not a pagan holiday,and many pagans don't celibrate it,but I am including it anyway,so sue me!
Easter/Ostara/Eoster/Eostre/Lady Day


Ostara Article Witchvox.comYou Call It Easter, We Call It Ostara by Peg Aloi
Ostara
Natural Dye's for Equinox eggsPan Magazine
Ostaraby Markus
Earth Centered Spirituality:Ostara Vernal Equinox - Ostara - March 20-23 :Blue Mountain E-Cards
Kuan Yin's Birthday
Send a Kuan Yin's Birthday E-Card
Kuan Yin: Goddess of Mercy, Friend of MankindBy Eloise Hart
Earthday
Send an Earthday Postcard!!!:
Happy Earthday from Whale Times
Creativity Cafe KidCast for Peace Earthday (and beyond) Call To Participate A Cyber comminity Earthday Celibration for Kids


May Day,Beltane

Padstow

Traditional
New words (c) copyright 1993 W.J. Bethancourt III (CHORUS)
Unite and unite, and let us all unite for Summer is a-comin' today
And whither we are going we all will unite In the merry morning of May
The young men of Padstow they might if they would
for Summer is a-comin' today
They might have built a ship and gilded it with gold
In the merry morning of May

The young women of Padstow they might if they would
for Summer is a-comin' today
They might have build a garland with the white rose and the red In the merry morning of May

Oh who are these young men who now do advance
for Summer is a-comin' today
Oh some are come from England and some are come from France
In the merry morning of May
Unite and unite, and let us all unite for Summer is a-comin' today And whither we are going we all will unite In the merry morning of May


when the 1st of May sees Padstow decorated with the first greenery of the year, bluebells, and hazel twigs, and the procession of the Oss, teazer and the dancers, singers, and musicians playing a hypnotic tune, to celebrate the coming of spring. The dance's origins are believed to be pagan and it is one of the oldest remaining customs in England.
Copyright Cornish Light
Revised: 1999

May Day Celebrations and Pagan Festivals Cornwall Padstow Obby Oss:A Padstow Informational Page
Padstow Lyrics Page
May-day Polydore Virgil says that the Roman youths used to go into the fields and spend the calends of May in dancing and singing in honour of Flora, goddess of fruits and flowers. The early English consecrated May-day to Robin Hood and the Maid Marian, because the favourite outlaw died on that day. Stow says the villagers used to set up May-poles, and spend the day in archery, morris-dancing, and other amusements.
   Evil May-day (1517), when the London apprentices rose up against the foreign residents, and did incalculable mischief. The riot lasted till May 22nd.
May-pole, May-queen etc. Dancing round the May-pole on May-day, “going a-Maying,” electing a May-queen, and lighting bonfires, are all remnants of Sun-worship, and may be traced to the most ancient times. The chimney-sweeps used to lead about a Jack-i'-the-green, and the custom is not yet quite extinct (1895).
The First Hypertext Edition of The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable This hypertext edition is copyright © 1997-99 Maytech Publishing Ltd,
The Lodge of Herne:Beltane/Mayday Page
The Mumming Play: Mumming plays on May Day:A Tradidition that may yet catch on in america.( I hope!)
Celebrating May Day: Another Look at celebrating May Day.
putting up the Maibaum: A German May Celebration
The May-Pole of Merry Mount:
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