Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Equinox and Beer





The astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere began on Monday, March 20 and ended on Wednesday, June 21.  Yes, the first day of Spring, the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox is celebrated by Wiccans and Witches throughout the world.  Spring equinox (which is also known as Festival of the Trees, Alban Eilir, Ostara, and the Rite of Eostre) is a fertility rite celebrating the birth of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth.  On this sacred day, Witches light new fires at sunrise, rejoice, ring bells, and decorate hard-boiled eggs -- an ancient Pagan custom associated with the Goddess of Fertility.  The aspects of the Goddess invoked at this Sabbat are Eostre (the Saxon goddes of fertility) and Ostara (the German goddess of fertility); in some Wiccan traditions, the Green Goddess and the Lord of the Greenwood are worshiped on this day.  Like most of the old Pagan festivals, Spring Equinox was Christianized by the Church into the religious holiday of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Is it any wonder that on this day in the year 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill allowing Americans to consume wine and beer with a maximum 3.2 percent alcohol level, triggering the end of Prohibition.  Happy days were truly here again.


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