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Meditation Moments - Spring Bear Meditation

 

 Spring Bear Meditation

by Nanci, of Strangers' Gate Coven

Close your eyes and take deep breaths as you consciously relax yourself from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Look on the familiar darkness of the screen of your mind's eye, and see a pinpoint of light that very slowly grows with each breath until it fills your inner vision with brightness.

When your vision clears you find yourself standing in a winter wonderland. A few inches of snow covers the small glen you're in and the rocky slope before you, but you can make out a rough path up the incline. It's snowing, and you hug yourself within the thick fur coat you're wearing. You pull up the heavy hood to protect your head from the crisp wind, and as you fully
envelop yourself in the furry warmth you find yourself changing. You feel heavier, stronger. Your sense of smell is heightened, and the sudden tang of pine needles makes you sneeze. You drop to all fours as a great grizzly bear, and begin to lumber up the rocky path. Ice crackles under your heavy paws as you cross a trickling stream, your instincts guiding you through the snowy landscape to a cave beneath the roots of a huge tree. You shake the snow from your fur as you sleepily enter your winter home. About 20 feet from the entrance is a cozy niche where you can curl up with your back against a monstrous gnarled root. You sense the immense age of the tree and feel the sluggish energy of the sap in the roots echoed in the slowing of your breathing as you sink into hibernation.

You sleep as the Great Mother sleeps.

Time passes. You are unaware of how many times the sun moon and stars have risen and fallen over the world above, but eventually some part of you notes the warming of the air, the quickening of the sap in the great tree root at your back, and the sounds of the land reawakening. You stretch slowly, scratch your great rumbling belly, and roll to your feet. You shuffle to the entrance of your cave and into the warming sunlight, then down the stream now dancing merrily across your path. You dip you snout into the shallow waters and lap up gulp after refreshing gulp. 

Crossing the stream you go up to a rough barked old tree and rise up on your  hind legs so you can rub your back against it as only a bear can do well. Aaaaaahhhhhh.... As you give yourself a good scratch you eventually find yourself painlessly sloughing off your heavy fur until your true self emerges. You revel in the new day, the singing birds, the sights and sounds of vibrant life around you, the feeling of renewal. Taking deep breaths of the clean fresh air you let the warmth of the new spring sun on your skin energize you until you begin to glow within and without. You close your eyes and revel in Life.

Slowly you realize you no longer sense the bear's glen. You are gazing again at that comfortable darkness behind your closed eyes. Become aware of your body in its current state, of the noises of the city, and of the people around you. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Take deep breaths, and when you are ready open your eyes and Be Here Now.
 

 


 

Pagan Playlists - Spring Equinox 2018 Edition

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

Ahhhh ... more sunlight! 

When I awaken at 5:30am, it’s dark. However, the beauty of the dawn is only an hour or less away as I write this in mid-February. More light means life! Who cares if it’s nippy and brisk one day or f’n freezing because of bitter wind-chill factor the next because I believe now that the winter isn’t going to last forever. Of course I *know* about the four seasonal change, but I’m talking about feelings here. Understand, I love living in a climate with four seasons. I just don’t like extremes in temperatures for too long. 

 

In the throes of winter where it is dark and cold and wet I wish deeply to be able to hibernate like a bear. Now with the visible growing of the light, I imagine going to the park or working on my window-box garden. Opening the windows wide to let in the fresh-ish Brooklyn air and listening to the birds’ busy songs immediately brings on the urge-to-purge and physically clean my apartment. At the Equinoxes, I also spiritually cleanse, magick, and sure up my home protection. 

 

As with last Sabbat’s playlist, I was inspired by OzarkPaganMama’s playlists. I will put an asterisk next to the songs I got from her. 

 

 

Spring Equinox playlist! 

 

This playlist includes a meditation for grounding and strengthening by Mara Freeman. You might want to put it in a separate playlist, if you put the playlist on a loop, so as not too disturb the music flow.  

 

In like a lion, out like a lamb

The songs are in a particular order to evoke the feeling of coming from quiet to activity (of cleaning and dancing - yeah, I do that; not efficient but fun). Nothing gets me moving like a Celtic reel! So there are some traditional Celtic pub songs to get me moving. An alternate name for this Sabbat is Ostara, honoring the Norse goddess of spring; there are a few songs from Scandinavia. Icelandic violin has a very misty Otherworldly sound which I find appropriate for the fluctuating spring temperature and weather. The Wiccan goddess and the god are in their Maiden and Green Man aspects at this time of year, so sing, dance, and open your heart to the energizing spirit of spring!

 

Bright Blessings to you,

Denise

 

 

  1. Tree of Life by Mara Freeman
  2. Light of a Clear Blue Morning by The Wailin’ Jennys
  3. Myrullmorgen  (Rolling Mist) by Hege Rimestad
  4. Bird Calls by None
  5. Bird Song by The Wailin’ Jennys
  6. *First Spring Day by Sub-Urban Tribe
  7. *Ostara by Lisa Thiel 
  8. *Mother Nature’s Son by The Beatles
  9. *Down by the Sally Gardens by Clannad
  10. *May the Sun Shine Bright for You by Primal Scream
  11. Earth & Water, Fire & Air by Damaris Drewry
  12. I’ll Tell Me Ma by Young Dubliners
  13. No Nay Never by the Irish Rovers
  14. The Piper and The Mermaid by Celtica
  15. The Leaving Of Liverpool by Young Dubliners
  16. Whiskey in the Jar by The High Kings
  17. What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor by Celtica
  18. Wildflowers by Wailin’ Jennys
  19. Gjetharhuving/Springliek (Shepard Call) by Helene Hoye (Wizard Women of the North)
  20. Wild Maiden by Kelliana 
  21. Green Man by Kiva
  22. Bright Morning Stars by the Wailin’ Jennys
  23. Earth Mother by Kiva
  24. Thank You Mother by Kellianna
  25. Fonix (Phoenix) by Annbjorg Lien

 

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