Before we head off into how the day went, allow me to direct your attention here. That is what I wrote last year about Ostara, or for those of you non-pagans, Easter. And here is a bit of something I did not know, but have recently found out:
According to a Fourth Century ruling, the date of Easter is set for the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first Full Moon of Spring, occurring on or shortly after the Vernal Equinox. March 22 is the earliest Easter can occur on any given year, and April 25 is the latest.
I pretty much remembered that all “moveable” holidays had to do with the moon phases, but I never knew how they were determined. Interesting, to me anyway. When this happens, you know I have to share it. And speaking of sharing, here is our day in pictures. (Oh, and before you ask, no the cake was not wonderful. Disappointing in fact. Fortunately my mother had pies and we picked up some brownies.)
This was just the beginning of the food. Before J.D. arrived with his cheeses. And this time, instead of Fig Spread, he brought Garlic Pepper Jelly. He reached across during dinner and plopped a sampling onto my ham. I had to eat it three more times before we decided that I liked it. At one point he was trying the different choices (including a pheasant and rosemary pate, with duck and pork) when I heard him say, “hmm, that was strange but good.” Not words I have every spoken when it comes to food. I told him that when describing something you are eating it should be, “that was known and consistent.”
Yes, my boy and I tend to disagree sometimes, but at the end of the day, he knows what I will and will not eat. It’s strange, but good.
Here is another shot of my mother’s “decor” -even though she DID send us a phone photo of the same display. I just didn’t realize she had made tiny purses to go along with the hats!
In her front yard there are already flowers blooming.
Yes my parents rent a double-wide, but I swear, in the summer their place is like a freaking park, it is that lovely.
This is their view, off the back deck. No, they do not own the property behind, another guy does. He grazes cows on it.
We have drawn from our Special Occasion deck this afternoon. I made Daniel google around because I had never heard of this animal. Here is what he found, “also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, a carnivorous marsupial, the latin name meaning: dog-headed pouched one.”
“Thylacine ~ Wisdom.
A large percentage of Tasmania’s wilderness still exists in its virgin state, completely unspoiled by development or land clearing. Many believe, therefore, that the Thylacine endures in secrecy deep within the heart of the Tasmanian forest, protected by both the inaccessibility of its habitat and its elusive nature.
Carrying folklore status on par with the Loch Ness Monster and Yeti, reports of sightings are common, but never substantiated by photographic or videotaped evidence. If the myths are true, and the Thylacine does indeed still subsist, its acumen alone has kept it safe and hidden for almost 70 years.
When life becomes overwhelming, excessively busy or too fast, Thylacine advocates having the good judgment to withdraw from the mob and walk along for a spell, perhaps spending time exploring the truths buried deep within the inner landscape.
Thylacine offers a time of calm; the chance to contemplate our purpose and reasoning rather than seeking the counsel of others. She espouses quality time spent in solitude. She prompts us to stop and ask, what is the purpose of life? Why have I experienced all that I have? Why am I here?
Thylacine represents our desires to seek a deeper reality and a more defined truth. She supports this quest by encouraging us to journey inward to form a relationship with our own thoughts and the natural impulses that instigate our actions.
You are being encouraged to seek out a silent place of solitude now. Use this sacred space as a vehicle to better know yourself. Use the sacred silence as a means of deepening your own knowledge and your innate sense of wisdom. Wait until your instincts tell you that the time has come to return to people, to share your knowledge and hopefully widen the perception of those around you. Thylacine teaches us to deepen our inherent wisdom, to study it, to become one with it and to share it with others when the time is right.
Gathered over a lifetime of experience, our wisdom is what marks us as unique. It represents the inherent skills we hold that someday may be presented to the world as instruments of healing and learning.”