Samara O'Shea

Spring and a Small Scandal

Welcome to the glorious transitional season of spring. She did us a favor (in the northeast anyway) and came early. While looking for an appropriate poem for today, I happened upon this prayer said during a Pagan Spring Equinox ritual. It’s quite lovely.

“We kindle this fire today
In presence of the Holy Ones,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
Without fear of aught beneath the Sun
But the High Gods.
Thee we invoke, O Light of Life,
Be Thou a bright flame before us,
Be Thou a guiding star above us,
Be Thou a smooth path beneath us;
Kindle Thou within our hearts
A flame of love for our neighbors,
To our foes, to our friends, to our kindred all,
To all men on the broad earth.
O merciful Son of Cerridwen,
From the lowliest thing that liveth
To the Name which is highest of all.”

In other non-seasonal news, Urban Outfitters has quite the greeting card scandal going on. I have a feeling the person who wrote this card knew that trouble was imminent. (Warning: The words on the card are rated R. The card’s appearance, however, is pleasing).