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Ostara, is the Spring Equinox, it is the day when we see light conquering over darkness, when our glorious Spring has returned. In addition to the historical traditions and related holidays, there is an abundance of pagan ways to mark the return of life, which may add significance to your celebration of Ostara!
Flowers are an obvious choice, I love daffodils and when I see them I am instantly reminded of my Homeland and Ostara. If there are any wildflowers growing near your home, Ostara would be an ideal time to pick some (respectfully). However, remember that many wildflowers do not survive even a single day after being placed in water, so choose your flowers wisely. You may choose to do this in connection with a nature walk. An Ostara nature walk is a great way to celebrate Mother Nature; it’s not for any other purpose such as exercise. Keep the focus where it belongs Ladies and Gents.
Your florist will certainly have a wider selection of flowers for you to choose from, whether or not flowers are in bloom in your area, I’m not sure if they plant Spring type flowers in parks in the USA, in Ireland once St Patrick’s days is over you are free to pick Daffodils from the sides of roads. Traditional choices for ostara include violets, daffodils, primrose, iris, peonies, narcissus, and cowslips. Yellow, white, and purple are most often connected with Ostara and Easter, and these would be among the colours to select for flowers and for candles. Yellow is the most traditional.
If you are interested in related traditions, check the Roman god of Attis, whose flower is the violet. His story is yet another one showing rebirth and regeneration. Ostara is an ideal time to fill a cauldron or other container with spring water, and place your flowers–or float them–where they will be seen as soon as you enter your house. My husband has bought me a huge cauldron to do exactly this and we have a wonderful stand with a chain to hang it from, Ostara is a special time for our family.
Hot cross buns are another traditional food at this time of year. Some people see the cross on top as a symbol of the Christian cross; others regard it as the traditional markings of North-South-East-West. But the hot cross bun always reminds me of Brigid and living in Ireland we were raised on Hot Cross buns for Ostara!
A lot of pagans, especially those with small children, enjoy the tradition of knocking on the ground (with their hand, stick, or wand) to “wake up” Mother Earth. This can be done ceremonially, marking a four-pointed circle/compass on the ground. The child who will do the “wake up” call starts at the southernmost point, walks to the northernmost point–representing the cold north–and knocks there. Your Children can take turns doing this, we done something similar for the Winter Solstice with a comrade and his son!
Spring-cleaning can be a family ritual also. It makes housecleaning a little more fun for children and adults alike, if they see the connection to the wheel of the year. Spring-cleaning is upon us and we have just started today March 12th!
However you choose to celebrate Ostara, remember that we are celebrating the abundance of Nature. The New Year, and promised return of life, is finally here. Enjoy!
We don’t always have time for a full springtime clean, many of us start with the simple and easy tasks, like cleaning floors and corners, dusting rugs and the like. There is just something about the freshness of the spring season that makes us all want that spring freshness in our homes. We hope you enjoy the below tips, HomeFront have adapted these tips are from one the e-newsletters HomeFront subscribes too – How to Make Your Home Feel Fresh in Spring – Enjoy!
1. Open your windows. Let a fresh spring breeze flow through your home and get rid of lingering winter staleness. If it’s still cold where you live, try opening the window in your bedroom just a little, and sleep with an extra comforter, we always sleep with the window opened at night, today we started to open the kitchen and living room windows to cleanse the air in both rooms!
2. Try moving a piece of furniture or two. Sometimes the new perspective we gain when we change something around is all we need for a sense of spacious freshness. We haven’t moved furniture yet, but have plans to do so over the next few weeks!
3. Simplify your knick-knacks. Try the “Take-Away Half” plan: take away half of your knick-knacks and put them in a box. Then when the seasons change again, switch them. It will feel like you have all new decorations! Today I removed all my autumn candles and decorations, and I will only use flowers from spring décor, in my bathroom I just add cute little fairies with flowers and candles.
4. Consider bring colour into your home. Try bringing in more light airy spring colours to your home. A new slipcover for that tired sofa is a start, we don’t have a sofa that can be slip covered, I would love to change mine for each season, so I throw a pastel throw rug over the back of the chairs, or even a couple of pretty pillows will make a refreshing difference.
5. Use old things in new ways. Try putting rolled-up napkins in a clean vase, or placing candles on a mirror for the dining table, I put some of my candles that I don’t light on my coffee table on top of tiles I have of Spring Goddesses. I also use pretty painted baskets to hold my magazines and remote controls; you can get them cheap at craft stores.
6. Follow your nose! If something smells “off” in your home, find out what it is. Rotting compost, moldy drains, and a neglected pet bed–all these can contribute to a sense of winter stuck staleness. Be sure to empty compost daily; try pouring 1/2 cup of vinegar down your drain to freshen it; and give that pet bed a washing. And once you’ve eliminated the causes of bad odors, place shallow dishes with a tablespoon of vanilla extract in each one around your home to keep it smelling fresh. And if the fridge is the offending party I would suggest removing all food items from the fridge and cleaning the entire inside of the fridge, the last time I had a bad smell in my fridge it wasn’t even any food we had inside, it was just food that had spilled and started to smell. Also keep a pack of Baking Powder in your fridge to eliminate odors!
7. Fresh flowers help. The sight of pretty spring flowers blooming on a table or shelf livens our spirits. My husband has just started to plant flowers and herbs. Bulbs are a great value since after they have bloomed you can plant them outdoors to bloom again next year. My favorite flower is Daffodils, we still haven’t grown any but they are definitely a great spring flower!
8. Vacuum rugs/sweep or damp-mop floors. If you only have time for one chore, cleaning the floors is usually the one that will make the most immediate difference in how fresh a room feels. Today we slept under all the living room chairs, under the coffee table and under the mat at the entrance to our house, we actually threw out the rug from our living room as it a dust and dirt collector and no amount of cleaning would remedy it, so we just left our floors bare and it feels wonderful!
9. Do a quick pick up and put away. Anytime my husband and I clear out a little space, it gives us some breathing room, and that feels really great. It’s like the early-spring raking we do in our yard; today we got rid of fallen leaves we had ignored for the past few weeks, so new life can grow.
When we get rid of clutter and believe me it gets bad with two clutter bugs living in one small space, we create some growing room in our home. You can start small, maybe with just one corner, but if you make a daily or weekly habit of it, room-by-room, eventually your whole house will be done! Today we did our yard and living room!
10. Wipe pet hair off upholstered furniture. I absolutely hate pet hair on my furniture, so everyday I dust it off this only takes a minute, it really makes a difference.
There used to be a day and age where our ancestors, when under attack, would gird themselves for battle when threatened. We, their progeny, play with our computers, drink beer, and enjoy all of our modern conveniences while a bunch of sissies’ daily assault us. They are doing everything that’s always been alleged about faggotry in general. They are corrupting the mind of our children and they are driving a wedge between straight men and women. They are doing everything in their power to destroy family values and insert their own twisted agenda. They are in the movies, they are appearing on talk shows, they turn the legal system against us, and they are even in our schools trying to warp our children’s minds.
White women have been wooed to minority causes for quite some time now by being granted minority status. Now the homosexual crowd, capitalizing on the principle of divide and conquer, are working double and triple time to turn White women against White men and further separate the gulf between the sexes.
Consider the overwhelming number of TV shows and movies promoting an agenda designed to portray the gay ~ale as being suave, sophisticated, “super intelligent, and a well-traveled fashion plate compared to the beastly, loud, uncouth lout of a heterosexual male. There was the wisecracking gay friend of Julia Robert s character in the 1997 movie, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”. Rupert Everett, an openly gay actor plays a straight girl’s best friend in a 2000 release of “The Next Best Thing”. NBC had a sitcom with a similar theme called “Will & Grace”. Let’s not forget the gay best friend in “Blast From the Past” or the character played by Paul Rudd in “Object of My Affection”. All these shows are geared to deliver a subtle message to our women, “Having a gay male friend is trendy.”
The queer message is being delivered to our youth starting at a very young age. The headlines of the USA Today a few years back revealed that gays have gained a foothold in our schools. Over 600 gay-straight sex clubs have been formed in public schools in the U.S. utilizing the same 1984 Act that allowed the Christian Coalition to form prayer groups in public schools receiving Federal funding.
In Portland, Oregon of all places, I read where young boys wishing to cross-dress at school are getting legal assistance from a Portland chapter of the national Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. In one news article, Brian Peters, a gay student at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon is shown in a newspaper photo wearing pink pants, sweater and shirt that has “Pansy” emblazoned on it in big bold letters. The school principal, Wally Scherler, prohibits clothing with ‘sexual references” and is portrayed in the news story a being the bad guy. For Instance, he sent Peters home for wearing a blue flowered dress and matching silk blouse, another time Peters was sent home for wearing a black velvet outfit and for using the girl’s restroom. Scherler has been subjected to enough political pressure to make some concessions. Peters was permitted to wear a pink triangle button, a pink romper and a sweatshirt that reads, “Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up, and start to fight!” a quote from murdered gay activist, Harvey Milk.
There are frequently bisexuals and other sexual freaks on Jerry Springer but notice even Montel, Leeza and Ricki Lake are getting into the act. On one Leeza show a White male with healthy instincts was subjected to group hate for daring to confess he detested homosexual behavior. The theme of the show was “Hate” but the white male was associated with being the hater, because he was unremorsefully straight. This show angered me so much I zipped off a letter, to the producers of, the Leeza show. Ironically the show happened to be on the Fox Family Channel. Go Figure.
I don’t care if they have Wesson oil parties at their gay bathhouses. They can cross-dress, wear leather or spiked collars to their social clubs, prance around in pink tutus, vacation in Palm Springs or Key West and do the cha-cha-cha. But the homos are not content to have their underground community functions. There is a larger agenda afoot.
I believe they are on a mission to divide and conquer our Folk and they found willing compadres by exploiting the tactics of existing minority groups and by forming alliances with minority and women’s lib political action committees.
I find it awfully revealing when Jenni Olson, editor of Popcorn, the film section of Planet Out, the largest gay site on the Web (www.planetout.com) is quoted as saying straight women and gay men share an affinity as homophobia and misogyny share the same roots. “The reason gay men are so reviled,” says Olson, “is they are seen to be like women. If it wasn’t perceived that women were less than equal to men, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to be like a woman.”
Excuse me? If a gay male tries to act like a woman, I believe he is reviled by both sexes. There is nothing more ridiculous than some drag queen with five o’clock shadow, stubby chest hairs and tumbleweeds under their armpits making an attempt to be effeminate. In fact it is downright clownish.
Admittedly, most homosexuals are not effeminate at all. Picture the Marlboro man look alike making goo goo eyes at the muscle guys in the gym at the Y.M.C.A. Quite frankly, I’d rather not, for it is equally repulsive.
The dictionary definition of misogyny is “…. to hate women.” Most straight males happen to love women; Love to look at them, love to be with them. How gay men and straight women share an affinity based on misogyny and homophobia is really stretching it. But the homosexual organizations are taking this convoluted logic and are fighting a war against our family values.
Things are so twisted, teen faggot, Brian Peter’s mother; Nancy believes her cross-dressing son should be able to wear things that reveal his sexual identity at school. “I feel like the administration has interpreted the dress code as it pertains to gay and lesbian slogans in a very restricted, conservative way,” she said; “I am proud of Brian for standing up for his rights.”
There are always going to be homosexuals, transvestites, and sexual deviants. There is no way it will ever be eliminated, but to sit by the sidelines and let them promote their lifestyle in our homes and schools is a crying shame. Someone has got to take action. You can start with yourself.
When you see a show on T.V. putting down a straight White male, write the studio a letter protesting their promotion of homosexuality. The addresses of the television studios can be found in any T.V. GUIDE and the local studio affiliates can be found in the Yellow Pages of your phone directory.
When your local newspaper writes a feature on the trials and tribulations of being openly gay, write or call the editor. It is even more effective if you lean on their paid advertisers. Threaten to stop patronizing their business because you notice they advertise, in a paper known to promote homosexuality.
When you hear kids are coming to school cross-dressing, speak with school administrators. Or if there is a gay-lesbian social club on campus, use the same laws they used to get approved to start your own social club that promotes heterosexual family values.
I can hear the chorus of people thinking, “Writing letters and speaking out isn’t going to do anything.” Wrong. Wrong. Wrong and wrong again. It is more than you are doing now, which is nothing. We can start to be an effective political force when enough of us pull together and let it be known we won’t stand for the promotion of this homosexual crap.
Are you going to sit there and let a bunch of faggots corrupt the mind’s of your people or are you going to take action? It’s no joke when you let a bunch of sissies beat you down. Speak up. “Speak up,” I say. Get these queers out of our schools and back into the closets and porn shops where they belong.
You Were the One – This song is dedicated to the memory of a fallen warrior, Andrew Stinko Lewis, our friend, our comrade, you fought a heroic battle mate, but your mortal soul has been taken from us, words cannot express the sorrow we feel, things will never quite be the same without you, you will always belong in our hearts and through your music, a real Celtic warrior, you truly were the one…..
John from Nemesis played a few Skrewdriver ballads to start off, then a new band called Unit 28 of 16 to 18 year olds from Southampton played about 6 of their own songs for us. This band has two vocalists also!
Then Sniper from Finland played nearly a 2 hour set of their songs and a few covers and everyone was enjoying them so much, I didnt seen more than 5 people leave the room!
Blackout from Wales played a brilliant set from their recent CD, in which all the money goes to Stinko’s family. As Blackout was originally started by Stinko himself whist he was playing for Celtic Warrior.
Then Celtic Warrior played followed by Whitelaw to finish off the evening!
Over £1500 was raised to be given to Stinko’s family. It was also fantastic to see so many younger faces supporting this and even bigger thanks for Unit 28 for proving just what the youth of white Britain can do!
Blood and Honour UK
1 cup shortening
1.Cream shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
2. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, I hate cinnamon so I added a little less than a spoonful. Add to first mixture and mix well, add oats.
3. Spoon out by rounded tablespoonfuls on to greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies or so, I made these for Ostara and they were a huge hit, I added some Green Coloured Runes with Icing Gel..
The Autumn Equinox has many names and not all are familiar to our readers: Festival of Dionysus, Fall, Mabon, Michaelmas, Labour Day, Alban Elfed, the Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest, Wine Harvest, the Witch’s Thanksgiving. For the Kelts this is our Second Harvest, when Acorns fall from Majestic Irish Oaks, when i was a child we would use the bottom part of a fallen acorn as a seat for the Faeries that we would leave out for them, even as an adult when i see one i sit it up correctly by the tree for easy access…
Now that the Autumn Equinox is here it means that day and night are now equal in length and this happens when the Sun is at 0* of Libra. The “Harvest Moon” is the name given in the past because night harvests were possible by the light on the Full Moon nearest to the Autumn / Fall Equinox. Often, the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter and red in colour, the warm colour of the Moon shortly after it rises is caused by light from the Moon passing through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, i only got to see a Red Harvest Moon once in 2007 if memory serves me right.
There are many traditions about the cutting of the last sheaf of wheat at the end of the harvest and that a young Maiden should cut this..In some parts [...]
Unity! What is it? It is the ability to put aside our small differences for our common goals – Our Folk. We have all attended gatherings of our people and it seems the only thing we have in common is alcohol & gossiping! We are destroying ourselves, we do to ourselves worse than what the enemy could do to us. What is the solution? First as individuals we must keep an open mind, for you cannot take in new ideas with a closed mind. We must educate ourselves! Read! Read! Take in as much knowledge as possible, with both literature of our people & the enemy, in this way you get to know the way they think and act. Ask questions, the people to ask are our POWs and PPs, these men & women are very intelligent and have a great desire to help our people.
Now to families. They are the backbone of the movement. They are the future of our Folk. In the last few generations we lost our family bonding, we come from broken homes, single parent homes, and working parents. We have lost contact with our extended family.
Our sexuality has been distorted, women have become emasculated. They have been taught that they are no longer needed in the home as wives and mothers. They have been forced to compete with men for the males’ jobs. This is shameful! Men have become effeminate, they are taught wives’ skills and [...]
Recently having found out that my three year old had higher lead levels was a very scary moment. Having our house tested by the city Health Department made it worse. Every surface in our house from the window sills to the old fashion radiators was covered in lead paint. Even the walls that had been painted over the years had lead paint were the new paint had started cracking. Contacting our landlord proved to be useless. So this is what I learned:
What is lead poisoning? Lead is a poison that is harmful to your children’s nervous systems. Even low-level lead poisoning can reduce intelligence, motor control, hearing and emotional development. Children with blood levels as low as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood – think one drop in 16 gallons of water – can have health problems. Adults can also have problems when exposed over time but leads effects on young children are worse. Young bodies absorb lead more readily and children are involved in more hand to mouth activities; plus lead tastes sweet. A blood test is the best way to detect lead poisoning since there are no immediate symptoms to alert you to a problem.
What causes lead poisoning? Lead based paint in the home is the major source of lead poisoning. Lead based paint for interior or exterior residential use was banned in 1978. Therefore, paint hazards are primarily a problem for homes built before 1980. The most likely interior surfaces coated with lead [...]
Vitamin A is very important for keeping your child’s immune system strong and healthy, it can help their vision in dimly lit area’s and it supports healthy skin. Good food sources for Vitamin A are milk, cheese and eggs. Foods such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, red peppers and apricots contain beta-carotene, which the body can turn into vitamin A.
Vitamin C helps maintain healthy tissue in your child’s body. Our bodies can’t store vitamin C, so you need to get some every day. Young children, who can be fussy eaters, might not get enough from their diet alone so make sure they are getting it in whatever way possible. You can find vitamin C in lots of foods, including peppers, broccoli, oranges and sweet potatoes. From the start try and get your children to eat their fruits and vegetables to avoid fussy eaters.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium it needs without one another they are no good, keeping your children’s bones and teeth healthy. Babies born with low levels of vitamin D will sometimes develop softened bones, which can lead to rickets. The best source of vitamin D is summer sunlight which is great if you live in a warmer climate, but it can be hard to get enough in other parts of the wordl to last through the winter months, so a vitamin supplement may be required.
Growing up & reaching those dreaded teenage years can be very distressing on our daughters, they not only have to adjust to all the changes happening with their bodies but also with all the social pressures coming from school, her peer groups and the media.
As many as one-third of high school girls believe they are overweight, when they’re actually not. The fact is that these girls are so inspired by models and skinny actresses that the media portray as perfect women that they don’t want to follow the height-weight charts that doctors advise for them. Instead, they want to be lean and fit like movie stars so they can carry off similar clothes. But the truth is that teenage girls undergo hormonal changes and have a developing body which only means that their bodies will be fuller than that of a fashion model, as well as the fact that a fashion model virtually starves themselves to look the way they do.
Sadly, an unhealthy body image can make impressionable teenagers resort to crash dieting and even result in eating disorders. Both anorexia and bulimia have severe health-damaging consequences.
If you want your daughter to see beauty in her body, you need to take a close look at how you speak of your own. Most young girls find their mums beautiful, so imagine how they feel when you as a mother do nothing but put yourself down, the way you feel about your own [...]
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