A Spring Equinox/Ostara Ritual

ITEMS NEEDED: The regular ritual tools, plus a small piece of paper and a pen, the cauldron, and the wand. You can decorate the altar with colored eggs and spring flowers if you wish. Incense: flowery or herbal. Take time before the ritual to consider what goals you would like fulfilled for the year. Write them on the paper and place it next to the cauldron on the altar.

HISTORY: Eggs colored red have been used at the Spring Equinox as far back as the Mesopotamian cultures. Red is the color of the blood and life, while the egg itself represents birth and regeneration.

After the circle is cast, take the wand in your power hand, raise your arms in greeting, and say:

Hear me, Lady and Lord. I ask Your sacred presences in this place while I celebrate the ancient festival of the Spring Equinox.

Tap the cauldron three times gently with the wand. Say:

Oh, joyful Goddess of new beginnings and the promise of good things to come, bring warmth and love to this circle.

Tap the cauldron three times again, and say:

Oh, laughing God of the forest and regeneration, bring anticipation and power to this circle.

Tap the cauldron three times again, and say:

Now I cast behind me the darkness of winter and the past. I look ahead to that which lies before me. Now is the time of planting of seeds in the physical, mental, and spiritual planes.

Fold your paper in half, hold it up over the altar, and say:

This represents the seeds of my goals and desires.

Light the paper from the altar candle and drop it into the cauldron. Say:

I place my dreams and desires into the keeping of the Goddess and the God. May these goals manifest and become part of my physical life.

Now I cast behind me the darkness of winter and the past. I look ahead to that which lies before me. Now is the time of planting of seeds in the physical, mental, and spiritual planes.

Fold your paper in half, hold it up over the altar, and say:

This represents the seeds of my goals and desires.

Light the paper from the altar candle and drop it into the cauldron. Say:

I place my dreams and desires into the keeping of the Goddess and the God. May these goals manifest and become part of my physical life.

(Now is the time for any spell working you wish to do.)

Set the chalice of wine on the pentacle. Take the dagger and gently touch the tip to the wine/juice, saying:

As this athame is the male, so this cup is the female and joined they bring blessings.

Raise the chalice high over the altar and say:

To the Old Ones! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again! Blesséd be!

Drink a little of the wine/juice, saving some for the nature spirits.

Take your dagger in your power hand and the candle snuffer in the other.

Close the circle.

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