Mar 16, 2012

Pagan Blog Project: F is for Fecundity

For the first week of the letter 'F', I'm going with the word, "fecundity". I think it's appropriate, given that next week is the Vernal Equinox, or Ostara as some call it. This is the official beginning of Spring.

Fecundity: origins 1375–1425; late Middle English  < Latin fēcunditās  fruitfulness,fertility. 
1. the quality of being fecund;  capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
2. fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
3.  the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.

 Many of us look forward to the beginning of Spring, as it portends planting season, the budding of the leaves on trees, flowers in bloom and warming temperatures. Mother earth, who has been sleeping, is now awakening to bring new life.

We perform rituals and workings to bring about a fecund harvest in the physical realm, but also in our spiritual lives as well.

In the fall and winter, we turn within to reflect upon the previous harvest, rid ourselves of that which did not grow corn for us, and prepare our 'soil' for the next year's planting.

At the winter solstice, we welcome the return of the Sun and begin to turn our thoughts toward the coming year.

For those who celebrate Brighid's Day or Imbolg, we begin to set our goals for the coming Spring.
We ask ourselves:
What will we plant?
What do we want to harvest this year?
What will bring us the most abundance and fecundity?
How will we care for this crop?
Since different plants require different types of soil, amounts of water and sunlight, etc... how will we manage this crop differently from last year?

The Equinox brings about the change from thinking to doing. We are about to implement the plan. We celebrate on the Equinox and welcome the awakening of our Mother, and afterward comes the busy time.. the time of action that brings about fecundity.As you become busier in your life, do not forget to appreciate all the bounty that you have, and to smell the beautiful flowers you have worked so hard to plant and nurture.

May your crops both physically and spiritually bring you a bountiful, fruitful harvest of good things in this coming season.



  1. Fecundity sounded like a "naughty word" to me before your post. ;) Spring! Yea, Bring it on!


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