Editress Ginger Strivelli The ole APA started planning our annual May Day Celebration this month…we hope to have a good crowd, and a good time this year. With the usual jokes about the maypole standing in the spare tire and the Jesus piñata we have been making our lists and checking them twice about who is in charge of what. We’ve also had several new APAers join the yahoo group, where we do this daily bantering. ------------------ Spring Equinox Report By Angel Walden Occurring on or around March 21, the spring or Vernal Equinox is one of 2 days of the year when day and night are equal. Eostre, also known as Ostara, who is an ancient Saxon Goddess of new life and fertility, is connected to this celebration. Legend has her being saved by a bird whose wings had been frozen by the cold of winter, but eventually turned into a hare who could lay eggs. The church adapted this celebration into Easter with the egg, for new life or beginnings and the rabbit/hare for fertility as it's symbols. They also seem to use the name Easter as a variant of the Goddess Eostre, who was honored in this celebration. Various Gods and Goddesses associated with spring are Venus, who is, among other things, a nature Goddess associated with spring, Demeter (Ceres) brings spring when her daughter, Persephone, is returned, Dionysus' festival is held in the spring when the vine leaves begine to ripen, Blodeuwedd, who is the Welsh Goddess of spring created from flowers, Maia, the Roman Goddess of spring, Xipe Totec, the Aztec God of springtime and regrowth. This is a good time to plant flowers and such on this day of celebrating the beginning of spring. Some symbols are associated with the day. Hot Cross Buns are offered, the equal armed cross is for a solar cross and the surrounding circular shape represents the eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The tradition of wearing new clothes for the Eoster festivities comes from initiates into the Mysteries to wear new clothes to reflect the fresh, new beginning of their life. “Wearing o’ the green” was also a common ‘like purposes like ritual to implore Spring to dress Mother Nature in Her green gown again after the long infertile Winter. ------------------------------ Poem By Paula Swaney My universe moves with rhythm A rhythm determined by mood and emotion Effected by ecstatic music Driven by desire to live My universe has given birth to other universes Melding itself with another Giving forth the perfect blend of each A union of love and desire My universe cant be defined by rules and theory It was once a blend of others Became unique with growth and knowledge Evolving into something divine My universe is strong and powerful in its imperfection Frail in its omnipotence Sustained by distraction Depleted by consciousness My universe contains life, supports life and lives life Self destructs, reinvents itself, Draws in, lashes out and heals A never-ending cycle of beginnings ----------------- Tarot suggested reading list. By Ginger Strivelli Actually a list of tarot cards suggested by this ‘reader’ for y’all who ‘read’ the cards too. The Tarot of the Ages is a wonderfully collection of artwork from various ancient cultures about Mother Earth, including Aztec, Viking, Egyptian, West African and Hindu. It is a great deck for all purpose questions, but I find it particularly good at money/work issues. Also excellent conduit of repast life readings. The Cloisters (round) deck is another beautifully artistic deck, looking like stained glass rose windows…it works very well for most topics, but I find it works best on Spiritual issues questions and Issues with learning, study and such mind/soul work. The “Whimsical Deck’ is a great ‘fairy tales’ theme that makes for an easy to learn on deck..also is good for questions about kids or pets, I find. The Renaissance deck is a romantically themed artwork deck which does seem to work best for questions about matters of the heart, which it seems to have been intended to be. The Spiral deck is another ’all-purpose’ questions good choice, and again the artwork is detailed and beautiful, which I think is a absolute necessity for a good Tarot deck or oracle cards deck. The visual element must be enlightening and engaging to the reader..and this reader is an artist with a love for art, so I tend to like the more beautiful artsy decks. Speaking of ‘oracle’ decks. Meaning decks of cards used to divine with that aren’t based on the major arcana and 4 suits standard tarot deck, two of my favorite oracle decks are the ‘Goddesses knowledge’ Deck and the ‘power of the flower’ deck. Both are great to give ‘advice’ when you already know the problem, and just need guidance as to how to better the situation. The ‘Goddesses knowledge deck’ has better artwork, of course being the paintings of various Goddesses by the wonderful artist Susan Boulet.