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Persephone at the Brink of Ostara

March 17, 2015

I look out my window at a world very much altered in the past week. From a land of snow, the greenscape has emerged. The air is tinged with the promise of spring to come. This Saturday, March 21, the Spring Equinox, Hands of Change will celebrate an open Ostara at 5 p.m. in Old Bridge to mark the spectacular change from frigid winter to breezy spring.

We will invite Persephone back from the land of Death. Without her, Demeter will not allow plants to grow and flourish, and the people would starve. But with the help of the people, Persephone will return and dry her mother’s tears.

Persephone embodies both She who Destroys the Light and She who Shines in the Dark. As the former she brings winter. When she descends to the Underworld, the days grow shorter and she brings her borrowed light to comfort the Souls of the Dead. We miss the light but often don’t think to be grateful that our ancestors are basking in what is borrowed from us in the colder months under Persephone’s care.

As the days grow longer and warmer, Persephone is able to return and the land becomes green once again. She is the light of hope for the end of cold bleak winter and the return of the bounty of the land.

These are some of the concepts we will be working with this Saturday. We hope you can join us!

Please RSVP to isis@handsofchange.org to receive more location information.

Bright Blessings,

Crow

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