It's almost impossible to write a meaningful
Ostara Ritual when you live in Michigan. Even though the large
chain stores are selling plastic grass and candy eggs, that doesn't
mean it's warm in the Upper Midwest. This ritual even takes into
account the very real probability that there will still be snow on the
ground near the end of March where I live. -Sigh- It does
make you appreciate the spring all the more, and every sign of
impending warmth becomes amazingly sacred. Every tree bud is more
significant, the rare day when I don't have to wear gloves becomes a
little slice of heaven.
So that's why this ritual is like it is. I've tried to do Ostara
Rituals outdoors in Michigan, I've frozen to death most of those
times. Hopefully I'll get around to posting some of those
outdoorsy rituals for early Spring one of these days. Back to my
Statement of Intent
Winter now stands behind us and before us the lies promise of
Spring. The Maiden walks the land once more, awakening all that is in
her path. The Horned One lurks in the forest, running with the beasts
upon the thawing earth. Welcome back the light! Welcome back the sun!
Welcome back the spring.
East-I call to the warm winds of the East. Blow away the cold winter and join us in our circle tonight! Blessed Be
South-I call to the bright sun of the South. Melt away the last snows of winter and join us in our circle tonight. Blessed Be
West-I call to the rushing waters of the West. Take away the last of winters cold and join us in our circle tonight. Blessed Be.
North-I call to the green
growing earth of the North. Free the ground from the icy cold and join
us in our circle tonight. Blessed Be.
We cast this circle round
We make this space sacred
We bless with touch, joy, and sound
We cast out despair and hatred.
The circle is cast. So mote it be!
Call to the Maiden
We call to the Goddess of the Spring. Maiden who walks with the flowers
and brings about the melting snow-join us tonight in our circle. Touch
us with that first sense of Spring. Awaken once more that sense of
wonder in our selves and in our lives. Help us to look anew at
everyday, to fill our hearts with joy over your creation, to find the
beauty in everyday. Be with us in this journey from winter to spring.
Charge of the Goddess
Call to the Horned One
We call to the God of the Spring, Lord of the Wood join us in our
circle tonight. Touch us with memories of Spring-the green forest,
Panís Charge, the warmth of the sun upon our skins. Fill us with your
joy-may your smile grace our lips as we revel in the happiness of
longer days and shorter nights. The time has come to dance with you
once more. Hail the Spring, Hail the God! Welcome! Blessed Be!
Charge of the God
Melting of the Snow
We place this bowl of snow above this
candle. The light represents the Lord and Lady triumph over the
darkness of winter. The snow symbolizes the fading presence of the dark
half of the year. By the time our ritual is through, the snow shall all
be gone, and as we look upon this space we will think of the warmth to
come and the days that we shall share together. Blessed Be.
Spring Arts and Crafts
The Springtime means many different
things to people. For some itís a celebration of warmthís return. For
others itís a time to welcome back the green growing things and to
prepare for those long days and nights spent in the garden. Winterís
end means we are finished hibernating inside our homes, and that itís
once more time to join the greater community. Tonight we will celebrate
the return of Spring in our own ways. Some of us might feel compelled
to plant the first seeds of the New Year. Others might want to build a
little sun to remind themselves of what is ahead on this journey of the
Wheel. Both elements, sun and seed, are needed to ensure the
continuation of life on this Earth . . .
(Crafting session commences. Some people can make little suns out of
construction paper, others might plant a few seeds in a pot.
Communication amongst participants should be encouraged. This is not a
time for quiet reflection. When everyone is done, let all share in what
The Great Rite
Man: As the Lady and Lord are joined together the Earth is renewed.
Woman: I hold the power of creation in my hands. (holds chalice)
Man: I hold the power of creation in my hands. (holds athame)
Woman: We perform the Great Rite to remind ourselves of the Ultimate Mystery and the Universal Power.
Man: Knife to Chalice
Woman: Male to Female
Both: Creation is sacred. (Knife is plunged into chalice.)
Both: Blessed Be.
Cakes and Ale
Man: Lord and Lady bless this cider
we are about to drink. May it warm our hearts and bodies preparing us
for the Spring. Blessed Be!
Woman: Lady and Lord bless these
cakes we are about to eat. May they nourish us as we prepare for
another turn of the Wheel. Blessed Be!
Goodbyes to the Lord and Lady
Lady and Lord thank you for joining
us in our circle tonight. Prepare the way for us as we turn our backs
to winter and look forward to the new life of Spring. Hail the Maiden!
Hail the Lord of the Wood! Hail the Spring! Blessed Be!
Goodbyes to the Quarters
North Hail to North! Hail the Earth! Go if you must, stay if you will. Blessed Be!
West Hail the West! Hail the Water! Go if you must, stay if you will. Blessed Be!
South Hail the South! Hail the Fire! Go if you must, stay if you will. Blessed Be!
East Hail the East! Hail the Air! Go if you must, stay if you will. Blessed Be!
The circle is open-Spring stands before us. So mote it be!
Winterís end is Springís beginning.
Go now with love in your hearts for Lady and Lord and revel in the
promise of sun soaked days and passionate nights. The Earth will soon
be a growing, and so itís time for us to get going. Blessed Be.