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Happy Ostara!

Psst, come here and give me a hug.  Can you feel what’s hugging me as you hug me?  If you don’t know what that is, then your ignorance about foundation garments is appalling. Some days are corset days, some days are bra days, and some days are dirty hippie days when I wear nothing at all.

I like corsets.  I don’t wear them tight enough to permanently change my shape.  I wear them just tight enough that they’re not slipping around and being uncomfortable.  I can do anything in a corset: fuck, toss cabers, cook, drive, run, kneel and suck, ride carousels– anything I want to do.  I like corsets because it feels like someone is always hugging me, like a lover wrapping his or her arms around me as they look over my shoulder.

There are tons of different styles of corsets, ranging from from ancient to modern.  I prefer a corset that’s more in a modest Victorian style–one that covers my tits (because why should you have to wear a bra with a corset?  That’s stupid!) and comes down far enough on my hips that when I kneel or bend over it doesn’t slip up over the waist band of my jeans.

While corsets may seem expensive and time consuming, they’re really not.

In the long run, corsets work out to be cheaper than bras, especially if you shop around and take good care of your garments.  You only need one corset (although more is always fun).  You don’t wash it more than once a year (if that).  You hang it over a hanger in the closet to air, if you want you can put fabric refresher on it, and the only other expense is buying camisoles to go under the corset.  Cotton camis are much cheaper than bras and much easier to wash.  Once you practice a time or two, putting on your corset is a cinch because you shouldn’t unlace it after every wearing.  You only need to loosen the laces before storage.

 

Ideally, corsets should be just tight enough not to slide around, like someone giving you a nice hug.  There is the practice of corset training, which is a form of body modification.  During the Victorian Era, it was the norm to purposely and permanently change a woman’s shape by using corset training. 

Corset piercing is another popular form of body modification.

Magically, corsets are like egg shells–protective and decorative.  They can be used for magical and psychic protection since they cover your heart, solar plexus, and sacral chakras.

Your corset, when used magically, is an extension of your psychic walls of protection.  You can use color magic to boost this principle, applique on stones, or embroider or paint runes and sigils on your corset.

Since corsets shouldn’t be washed, Florida water, of Hoodoo and Zora Neale Hurston fame, can be dabbed on the inside seams that cover the boning to cleanse your corset psychically and to give it a nice scent.  Why those particular areas?  When applied to the inside seams that cover the boning, the Florida water won’t seep through to the front of the corset and potentially stain the material. (Thanks Ms. Finch!)

Corsets can also be used for self-bondage.  A wonderful self bondage/suspension substitution is to lace yourself into a corset (and for this you may lace a little tighter than for normal wear) and go swing on a high “big kid” swing at the park. You know, the ones that get really high into the air.

Just enjoy the moment.  Use it as a meditation or a private, sexual moment (or both).  Once you get high enough, lean back and just let your body fly through the air–only pumping enough to maintain your height.  When you’re done, you can use the gradually slowing motion to bring yourself back down to reality.

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Jesus: Yum, yum, eat him up!

 

I had considered writing a nice Ostara post last week about creating a fertility spell with Scotch eggs, but I spent my time instead drinking Scotch and watching Justified.  So, here we are.  When I was a Christian, the Maundy Thursday (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday) service was one of my favorites.  First of all, there was no preaching (Presbyterians don’t preach unless there’s a cause to).  Second of all, we got to eat Jesus.  Third of all, the Maundy Thursday service is extremely creepy and unsettling if done properly.  Our church organist would make these horrendous, blood curdling sounds come from her organ when the scripture about the earth quake was read and the whole sanctuary was pitched into darkness.

While there are many popular traditions with Pagan roots that have been adopted by or continued by Christians, the Eucharist is probably the most hard-core.  I’ve often wondered if Jesus knew about things like Dionysian myths when he was setting the scene for the Last Supper.  Pagans seem to have all different views about Jesus from he was completely fictional to he is just another name for the God.  Personally, I think Jesus was a real man with real followers and real problems but that he was no more the Son of God than I am a daughter of God.  Yes, as we all know from the chant, we all come from the Goddess, but we’re not Messiahs.  I think he talked a really good talk and created a religion just like Gerald Gardner did based on what people wanted to believe in a repressed society.

 

The following link got passed along to me: http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/585924.html

He has some interesting points, but like a lot of people, he misses the greater point.  The point is not whether modern Pagans erroneously attribute universal fertility symbols to a little known or completely fabricated goddess, the point is that all the things that make Easter “fun” are Pagan. There may not be an unbroken lineage, but Jesus didn’t miraculous turn into a rabbit once he was crucified.  So, if it’s not in the Bible it must be Pagan (or so they want us to believe).   The egg, however, could be argued not to be Pagan.  A Jewish Sadar is the type of meal that was served to Jesus and his apostles at the Last Supper.  I wonder why artistic depictions never show matzoh being served and why there is never an empty seat for Elijah?

The sadar egg doesn’t represent fertility.  Instead it represents its opposite–destruction–which is vital for balance.

 

I hope everyone sent Tucker and Tammy an awesome Ostara symbol.  As promised, I went the cheap and easy route and mailed them plastic eggs.  There were no bow ties, however, because it turns out I’m not that crafty!

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Ostara is like a fresh laid egg: sometimes clean, sometimes bloody, sometimes shitty, but always warm!

Squeeze My Melons and Plow My Furrow, Part 4


Happy Ostara!


I’m sorry that this post is tardy.  I got quite caught up celebrating the reason for the season by making love and partying.

Eggs are often associated with Ostara, particularly fresh chicken eggs.  Contrary to what a lot of people think, eggs do not pop out of a hen nice and clean.  They are often really nasty.
Why are eggs often nasty?  Look where they come from!

The eggs that you buy in the store, even supposedly farm fresh ones, have been blasted with water until there’s nothing left of the hen on them.  Also contrary to popular belief, hens do not have to have mated to lay eggs.  Hens will lay eggs in spite of their virginity (egg laying snakes are the same way).
Mounted while mounting!
There are lots of different things that you can do magically with eggs, besides dyeing them (which I’ll cover shortly) and ovamancy (the many different ways you can divine with an egg–and there is more than one way!).  Eggs are often used to represent babies, so it’s only natural that eggs can be used in both fertility spells and abortion spells.  For both types of spells, it’s best if you use fertilized eggs (which you usually don’t find at the supermarket but you may find at the farmer’s market–just make sure to ask), but you can use an unfertilized egg for the abortion spell, especially if it’s performed during the first month of pregnancy.  
To make a baby, take a fertilized egg, and dress it (rub it) with your and your partner’s sexual fluids and blood (just prick your finger).  Then write down all your wishes for a baby.  Wrap the paper with your desires around the egg.  Bury the egg in the ground under a body of water.  Make love with one another to seal the spell.  Make sure to time this spell with ovulation.
This just seemed like a good abortion picture.

To abort a baby, first meditate and make sure that this is what you want to do.  Once it’s done, it’s done, and this spell doesn’t always work in the way that you think it might.  Take a fertilized egg, and dress it with the pregnant woman’s sexual fluids and blood.  Then break the egg into a cauldron (symbolizing the cauldron of Cerridwen), and say something along the lines of: Take back this gift.  Let the womb release the human fish in its bubbled seas.  Unclench the gut.  Let the gut.  Let the birth run out that none may be hurt in flesh or heart.  Muse, Powers, Spirits, Beings of Light and Fire and Poetry, grant my thought your power to act; I pray that she may be in all ways granted mercy.  Finally, bury the remains of the egg.  This spell can be done in conjunction with taking herbs to cause an abortion.
Hen fireworks are good to use for spells dealing with other types of fertility, especially when you need something quickly and dramatically.

Fresh laid, fertilized eggs contain a life energy that you don’t get with the typical egg from the supermarket.  Besides the vibrant hues of the shell and the lusciousness of the yolk, eating them makes you feel a wonderful joie de vivre.   My favorite way to eat fresh eggs is barely cooked and super runny.
It’s like sex on a plate with a ray of sunshine!  It’s my favorite pre-sex and post-sex food.  I could eat them everyday with toast and never get tired.
“Song of Spring Time”
Why is Ostara associated with eggs?  Spring is a time of extreme fertility, and eggs are a universal symbol of fertility.  In some European countries, brides were given decorated eggs as a way to give them symbolic fertility.  In other places, the farmer’s wife would give the hired hands bowls of eggs to ensure that they sowed and reaped a rich harvest.  Eggs were dyed and decorated to ward off evil in many homes.  Although eggs symbolize fertility, it goes much deeper than that.  Fertile eggs are where the soul resides, which is why egg spells tend to work.
<The lovely image that was here of Aracana eggs was removed at the behest of the supposedly owner of the image.  I didn’t mind removing the image because she asked very nicely, despite the fact that she originally asked me publicly before private messaging me.  In terms of correct Internet etiquette, she should have done the opposite.  However, if you post an image on the Internet, despite what you feel in your heart or how you think you have copyrighted it, the image is out there for anyone who wishes to use.  You may call it stealing, but it really probably isn’t.  If you don’t want your image used, watermark the hell out of that bitch so that I either really like it and still decide to use it or I can’t Photoshop the watermark out of the photo.>
How to Naturally Dye Eggs from Your Kitchen:
Add 2 tsp of white vinegar to boiling water, and any of the following ingredients–
  • Red/Pink– Strawberries, paprika
  • Blue–Blueberries, red cabbage
  • Purple–grape juice concentrate
  • Yellow–onion skins
  • Gold–purple onion skins, curry powder, turmeric
  • Beige–tea or coffee grounds
  • Light green–chopped frozen spinach

Allow the dyes to simmer in separate pots for 20 minutes, then strain, and dye your eggs.


Egg Color Meanings:
White:
Purity
Yellow:
Wisdom, a successful Harvest, or Spirituality
Green:
Spring, rebirth, wealth, youth, growth, happiness
Blue:
Good health, clear skies
Orange:
Power endurance, ambition
Red:
Happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love
Brown:
Enrichment, good harvest, happiness
Purple:
Faith, trust, power
Pink:
Success, friendship, love
Black:

Remembrance


Symbols are often added to dyed eggs by drawing out designs of wax on the egg surface before dyeing.  
The following are Pysanky (Ukranian) egg symbols:

Nets and baskets: Containing knowledge, motherhood, giving life and gifts.
 Rakes: Successful harvest. 
Sieves: Separating good from evil
Ladders: Searching, rising above the petty, ascending to heaven.
Combs: Putting things in order. Plants: Rebirth and nature. Very popular symbols.
Trees: Strength, renewal, creation, organic unity, growth, and eternal life.
Leaves: Immortality, eternal or pure love, strength, and persistence.
Flowers: Beauty, children, female principles of wisdom and elegance.
Fruit: Continuity, good fellowship, strong and loyal love, love of the Divine.
Sunflowers: Motherhood, life, love of the Divine.
Wheat: Bountiful harvest.

 Waves for wealth, rain.
Lines and ribbons for the thread of life or eternity.
Stags: Leadership, victory, joy, masculinity.
Horses: Wealth, prosperity, endurance, speed and the motion of the Sun.
Rams: Leadership, strength, dignity, and perseverance. Ram’s horns symbolize strong leadership, dignity, and perseverance.
Horns: Mobility, wisdom, triumphs over problems, and implies manhood and leadership.
Bear paws: A guardian spirit, bravery, wisdom, strength, and endurance, the coming of spring.
Birds: All kinds, are messengers of the Sun and heavens, pushing away evil, fertility, fulfillment of wishes, good harvest.
Bird Parts: (eyes, feet, beaks, combs, feathers) carry the same meaning as entire birds.
Roosters: Good fortune, masculinity, coming of the dawn.
Hens: Fertility. Hen feet offer protection for the young, and guidance.
Goose feet: Symbols of soul or spirit.
Butterflies: Ascent of the soul, pleasure and frivolity of childhood.
Spiders: Patience, artistry, industry, healing and good fortune.
Fish: Abundance, sacrifice, and regeneration.


Many people view dyeing eggs as a children’s activity, and it is.  However, there’s no reason why you and your partner can’t make each other into Ostara eggs.  Body painting/dyeing is an ancient practice that is very easy to do.  If you’re up for the complicated, you can use henna, woad, or kumkum powder, all of which will be covered in future blog entries.  

For the easy, just use paint.  Many different paints are approved for use on the body, including tempera and acrylic, both of which are fairly cheap and easy to find.  As you would for your Ostara eggs, incorporate color magic and coordinated design symbolism for the intent you want to accomplish.  As always with fun bed room activities, seal up your magic with sex. 

 Since it’s Ostara, try integrating vibrating egg shaped toys into your play.  There’s lots of companies that sell all varieties and sizes of the eggs.  Just shop around and find the one that looks fun.  It can be your special Ostara toy!
May you have a wonderfully raunchy Ostara!

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