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The Goddess Path  Issue #016

Wishcraft

April, 2004


This Issue: Table of Contents

1. Hope Springs Eternal
2. Wishcrafting
3. Our Women Who Dreamed and Did
4. Easter History and Traditions


Hope Springs Eternal

This month we celebrate the possibilities of rebirth and new beginnings. With the arrival of spring, just as the tender green buds begin to leaf out around us, our own lives are refilled with vital energy.

Spring is the time to make room in our hearts for a passion for all things new. And it helps to use a little bit of magic and . . .


Wishcraft

The goddesses of springtime, Persephone, Ishtar, and Ostara, bring us the message of personal growth. Their gift is the motivation and the energy we need to pursue our dreams.

The beginning of spring, around the time of vernal equinox (when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal and, in the Northern hemisphere, the days begin to grow lighter) when the earth's energies are in perfect balance, is a very powerful time for magic.
Since our own bodies and spirits echo the earth's changes, spring is a good time for heading in new directions.

Has any stagnation or lethargy crept into your life? Let it go! Spring is the ideal time to open yourself to all things that facilitate your growth and evolution.

Needing a new hairstyle? Now's the time! Have you been wanting to attend a workshop? Go ahead and register . . . the "signs" are right.

But whatever you do, don't let your perception of any "lack of capability" stand in the way of your hopes and dreams. It's all just a matter of perspective.

Several years ago I "gave in" to my longstanding desire to be a quilter. I've always loved quilts -- the colors and patterns, the texture, and the wonderful sense of home and comfort that they imply. After much hesitation I took the plunge and decided to follow my heart, investing in all the books, tools, and mountains of fabric that the adventure would require.


Only one problem . . . I can't sew! It's not that I don't "know how" (after all, I painfully endured two years of Home Ec in high school!), it's just that "I can't". I'm not particularly patient and not at all precise. These are just not in my nature (which I would have realized if I'd been able to read my Goddess Report at the time -- but it hadn't been invented yet!)

Needless to say, my first project, a lap-sized crazy quilt, was an absolute disaster! If you really squinted you could almost imagine that the parallelogram it had become was, in fact, the rectangle that it was supposed to be.

While I was bemoaning the awful results, not to mention the time and money invested in producing this thing that clearly "Had Not Worked Out", my dearest friend called me up short and taught me a valuable lesson. "Sharon", she said, "you're looking at this all wrong. So what if you're not a quilter, this is absolutely gorgeous, and as a quilt designer you are awesome!"

Since then, I've finished a few more wonderful quilts (none of them candidates for any juried competition, no matter how lax their standards might be). I had lots of fun creating them. Sometimes letting go of our high standards is all that it takes to set us on the right path.


As I look at the piles of material that are stacked all around my room,  I think that perhaps I should work on that other trait mentioned in my Goddess Report, the one about "abandoning projects before they are finished as you rush off to embrace your latest enthusiasm."

But then again, maybe I'll just start describing myself as not only a quilt designer, but a "fabric collector" as well. You see, it's all in your point of view!

(Treat yourself to a gift certificate and learn about your assets and liabilities. You can get your Goddess Report at a 30% discount by clicking here:
Discover the Goddess Within )

This world needs both women who dream and women who do. But, more than anything else, this world needs dreamers who do.

So don't just rely on "wishing on stars" to make your hopes and dreams come true. Start practicing your problem-solving, priority-setting, planning, and networking skills --the art of wishcraft that will enable you to reach for them.

And on the subject of women who have . . .


Dared to dream and do

By now you should have received the Special Advertising Edition, highlighting the dreams and creations of women who, like you, subscribe to this newsletter.

What a talented and delightful group they are! Not to mention generous . . . some of you are going to be "Lucky Ladies" indeed when you walk away with the goddess goodies they've contributed as prizes for the contest.

So, if you haven't taken the time or have mislaid your copy, here's a another opportunity so see what happened when our very own "Ladies of a Like Mind" dreamed and did!  Just use this link:
Ladies of a Like Mind


Easter Traditions: The Easter Bunny

The history of Easter reveals rich associations between the Christian faith and the seemingly unrelated practices of the early pagan religions. Easter history and traditions that we practice today evolved from pagan symbols, many of them related to the myths and symbols of the ancient goddesses Ishtar and Ostara.  

Part of the story of the Easter bunny is excerpted below, but you can use this link to read the complete version of Easter History and Traditions, including the stories of the goddesses, at the website:
Easter History and Traditions    

History of the Easter Bunny

Feeling guilty about arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara  saved the life of a poor bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. She made him her pet or, as some versions have it, her lover. Filled with compassion for him since he could no longer fly (in some versions, it was because she wished to amuse a group of young children), Ostara turned him into a snow hare, named him Lepus, and gave him the gift of being able to run with incredible speed so he could protect himself from hunters.  In remembrance of his earlier form as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs (in all the colors of the rainbow, no less), but only on one day out of each year.

Eventually Lepus managed to anger the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the skies where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (The Hare)  forever positioned under the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter). He was allowed to return to earth once each year, but only to give away his eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring.


Featured Goddess for April: Artemis

The Greek goddess Artemis, who roamed the forests in her role as the huntress, is associated with the natural world, the wilderness that symbolizes her own untamed spirit.

The most independent of the goddesses, Artemis was one who thrived on challenges! She can help you focus on your goals and make your dreams come true.  You can read her story here:
Artemis


Progress Report:

Preparing the advertising edition of the newsletter, and the history of Easter traditions page, consumed much of our time during the month. Research is complete on the myths and symbols of the Goddess Ishtar, so look for her appearance in the next newsletter.

The March issue of CosmoGirl! contained a one page "Goddess Quiz" featuring the website. No noticeable increase of traffic at the site, but it sure did impress my teenage grandchildren!

And here's a link for those of you who like to read our monthly progress report in full:
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In the Spirit of Spring

Go Forth and Flower,

Sharon
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