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Sunday, March 15, 2009


Happy Festival of Ostara Everyone!

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Ostara is the festival of the Vernal Equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere (corresponding to the Autumnal equivalent of Lughnasdh in the South). It is a time for planting and celebrating the first signs of fertility and rebirth. This year the equinox is at 11.43 on 20 March, though celebrations may span several days!

On this day, wherever you are and whoever you are, we are all united by this celestial phenomenon: we all have equal day and night. During Ostara a prince can command no more sunshine than a pauper; a bishop no more than a heathen; a master no more than a servant.

At this time I shall reflect on what other factors unite, rather than divide, humanity.

During this Ostara period I am camping and hiking in the mountains of Wales. May you all enjoy a happy and peaceful Equinox, and may the strengthening sun bring fertility to your gardens and anything else that you wish.

Dawn, Wales, Ostara 2009

Sky Watch Friday

Maalie selects images from his albums of travel pictures for Skywatch

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of all the participants
of this week's Sky Watch!


Blogger Your EG Tour Guide said...

Happy first day of spring to you too. It arrives here sometime between 6 and 8 tomorrow morning. (Not sure of the exact time.) Your sky photo is very attractive!

7:46 pm  
Blogger kden said...

Your sky shot looks mystical and magical. And the birds are magnificent.

8:08 pm  
Blogger Tarolino said...

So it should be tomorrow at about 6 in the morning when it starts then. That would mean exactly 12 hours daylight. Someone happened to mention that today it was 12 hours and some minutes already but perhaps I remember it wrong.

Anyway I was totally blown away with that bird shot. Very artistic and so enchanting as is the sunset photo.

9:57 pm  
Blogger simon said...

I am celebrating right now mate!

10:40 pm  
Blogger Babooshka said...

Why I love blogging. For little bits of trivia like this I would not find elsewhere. The image is bewicthing in a Pendle Hill way.

11:45 pm  
Blogger B Squared said...

The birds are beautiful, the sky is mystical.

2:27 am  
Blogger Arija said...

Thank you for your good wishes and lovely phtos. I would dearly love to join you on a walking tour of Wales to get away from this infernal dust after 6 years of drought. Autumn is here, but still no rain and not a blade of green.

2:32 am  
Blogger *Niina* said...

Thank you for sharing an interesting post and a wonderful sky watch photo! And happy first day of spring!

7:20 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, amazing. First time, to my chagrin, I've known that there is such a day when there's 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness for everyone!

We do well to revel in what unites us as humans. For me that is the celebration of all of life in a faith, hope and love which is ongoing. Part of why I love what I understand of old Celtic Chritianity.

Yes, what a lovely photo. The mountains in Wales. Hope you have a great day enjoying it.

9:16 am  
Anonymous floreta said...

beautiful birds. what a treat!

4:10 pm  
Blogger Light and Voices said...

Happy first day of Spring! I love how mystical your sky shot is. Wonderful image.

6:49 pm  
Blogger Tabib said...

No wonder that birds look familiar, Arthur's book cover page.
Beautiful sky pic!

7:26 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I have never seen anything so exquisite, it is really stunning.

9:08 pm  
Blogger T and S said...

WOW...all of us having the equal day and night on Ostara day is incredible piece of information. I also like beautiful images you have picked to go along with the post.

5:20 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Happy equinox to you too.

3:33 pm  

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