Faery blessings my friends, by the time you read this article we will have just celebrated the start of Spring or as it also known Ostara.
After the initial celebration closes we can top up our energies throughout the Spring after all the Ostara Faeries carry on their work. I’m going to explain a little about this time of the year and how we can connect to the Fae and Mother Earth.
Ostara or the Spring Vernal Equinox (Vernal means Youthful), a time of year when light and dark become equal until we pass that day and then you will notice the light evenings return once more, I don’t know about you but as much as I love the dark evenings I cannot wait to have more time to sit out the back garden enjoying the joys that Spring brings. It is a time of growth not only within the world around us but also a time where we might notice our own growth of knowledge, lessons we have had to learn and maybe maturity.
When you are out and about you should be noticing just how much Mother Nature has developed, it is the Ostara Faeries job to assist her and to encourage our land to produce goodness as well as replenishing the soil. The Fae have quite a task ahead of them with the new buds appearing on the trees, seeds being sowed, some plants already making their way through the earth all of these changes have to be over seen by the Fae. We can also do our bit as well and most of it you will be surprised to know are things you already do.
How to help
The ground may still be feeling the effects of frost so think about the Birds at this time. They are nesting and you might have seen their nests high up in the trees so why not have a bird table or those hanging ones that you can put up out of the way of predators. You can buy big tubs of bird seed or you could make your own, apple cores are a favourite as well as bread left over or bacon fat. If you can place the food in a area where you will be able to see them you can quietly enjoy watching them, we have a beautiful Woodpecker or as we call him “Woody” who frequently visits and boy is he amazing. Get the kids involved, they can put the food out and even draw pictures of the birds that come into your garden. We try to name as many species as we can and this is real good fun.
After the Winter you will find your garden is tired looking and the energies may feel stagnant. If you have trees then you will have dead leaves everywhere, Oak trees will have released their acorns which are looking in a very sorry state, lavender bushes need to be pruned as will other bushes, shrubs, herbs etc so there is a lot of work to do. Wait for a nice enough day and then make a start on clearing away what is not needed, don’t forget the weeds as they sneak themselves in amongst the shrubs and herbs. It’s all about making a clear way for the new to come through. Take your time doing these, there’s no need to rush or have aching backs, enjoy taking the old and replacing with new.
How about a compost heap/tub at the bottom of your garden? Worth thinking about, we are lucky that our council collects food waste instead of it being dumped on the tip.
A water butt comes in handy as well, recylcled water to use on your garden or vegetable patch or you could even use it to wash your car, windows etc.
Start sowing your seeds indoors or in a greenhouse, some will need to be placed in a propergator first to start them off before being transferred to the garden. Keep empty yougurt pots to put the seeds in, again your recycling.
You could begin to prepare your vegetable patch by clearing away dead debris and turning the soil over. I know some will like to mix fertilizer into the existing soil. Everyone has different times as to when they sow their seeds and I am going to wait just a bit longer until mine are placed within the earth. Preparation is key so plan ahead.
You can buy a flower seed mix that attracts the bees and the butterflies, great for them and also lovely for us to watch them in our garden. There’s nothing more realxing then listening to the hum of the bee or catching a glimpse of the butterflies beautiful colours and patterns.
A great way to connect to faeries is via your garden and you can make yourself a small area as your faery garden if you so choose. How about painting weathered looking patio furniture in bright colours, garden ornaments scattered here and there, crystals dotted around or painted pebbles. Windchimes to catch the breeze as well as suncatchers to sparkle. Fill your garden with flowers, shrubs and herbs, it can be expensive so why not split the costs with a friend or take cuttings from each others garden. Let your imagination go wild when it comes to outside and if you don’t have much room then a few plant pots will do, you could also bring the outdoors indoors.
As well as encouraging Nature to blossom in our lives think about your journey this spring. Are there changes you want to make within your life that you feel would be more beneficial to you and your family maybe. Perhaps you want to try something new like a college course or hobby, this is one of the great times to try and of course you can call upon the Ostara Faeries to guide you. Enjoy the coming months and the connection to the fae and Mother Earth.
© Rachel Curtis 2012