Ostara (Spring Equinox)

Needed:

  • Cauldron with red candle
  • Dish for burning
  • Paper and pen
  • Bell
  • Colored Eggs and spring flowers for decoration

Special Note: Balance of light and dark; Earth cycle of plant and animal fertility; spell producing, new beginnings.

Cast the circle.

Take up wand and raise arms in greeting:
“Behold, Lord and Lady of life and the giver of life.
Without her Lord, The Goddess is barren.
Without the Lady, the God has no life.
Each is needful of the other for completion and power,
as Sun to Earth, the spear to the cauldron,
spirit to flesh, man to woman.”

Light candle in cauldron. Rap cauldron lightly with wand:
“Great Goddess, be with me now in your aspect of Maiden,
the fair one who brings joy and new life.”

Ring bell once:
“Great God of renewal, be with me now
in your aspect of the Lord of the Forests,
the Horned God who brings warmth and love.”

Rap cauldron once more with wand:
“May the strength of the old enter into the new.
Great Lord and Lady, make all things strong and giving of new life.
Blessed Be.”

Put a little incense on the coals, carry burner around circle clockwise. Put burner on altar, raise arms and say:
“Awake! All Creatures in the realm of Earth, awake!
Greet the Maiden and her Lover, who herald the coming of spring.”

Touch parchment paper with dagger:
“Now I cast behind me the darkness of Winter and the past.
I look only to that which lies ahead.
This is the time for me to plant seeds
in the physical, mental and spiritual.”

Write on the paper your desires for the coming year.

Write only one on each piece of paper, fold them and hold them over the altar in offering to the Old Gods.
“This is a joyous time, a time for planting. With joy and trust,
I place these requests in the hands of the Goddess and her Lord.”

Light the papers one by one from the candle in the cauldron and drop them on the dish for burning:
“These thought-seeds I do willingly place
into the hands of the Lady and her Lord,
that these desires and dreams may manifest and become reality.
Blessed Be the Old Gods!”

Place chalice of wine on pentacle for a few seconds, lift it high:
“Honor to the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!”

Drink some of the wine, but save some to be put out for the little people or to be given to the Earth.

Continue with The Simple Feast and Closing the Circle.