Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ostara 2013

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Tonight I held the Spring Equinox celebration for my Circle.  This post will contain details on the ritual as well as pictures from the dinner, ritual and festivities.

Above is the altar.  Tons of flowers, of course, along with a few painted eggs.  Neither egg is real - one is a paper mache egg and the other is wood - but it still represents the fertility of spring.  I painted both myself.  The rabbit candle holder has a black candle while the cat candle holder has a white one.  In front of the rabbit is a moonstone.  The cat has a sunstone.  This creates balance, representing the equal length of day and night on Ostara.  In front of the primary candle is an amethyst and around the candle are various stones that I feel represent the sabbat - particularly when looking at balance.  The primary candle itself has flowers and butterflies carved into it. 



Here's a close-up of the larger egg.  This thing took me a lot of time to paint.  It's a little wobbly, but I'm pretty darn proud of it.


After lighting the altar, we sat down to dinner.  Starting on the left on the above picture, Alex brought honey ham, Nickey brought honeybuns, I nabbed egg-shaped cakes, strawberry cream cheese loaf and a cherry frozen yogurt for dessert, Ben brought salad and Stacey brought deviled eggs.  Everything was absolutely delicious!
As you can see.
We then headed down for the ritual.  I decorated the outlining stones of the circle with twigs, silk tulips and painted eggs.  Surrounding the altar was silk ivy, with a bag of soil on either side (which we would use during the ritual).  Above the altar hung an egg.  Some of the decorations are pictured below.



The ritual itself was very similar to the Autumn Equinox, and with reason. Like Mabon, Ostara is characterized by equal lengths of day and night.  So, just like in the autumn equinox celebration, we had three parts.  Two were exactly the same: letting go of the past, and looking towards the future.


To let go of the past, we lit a black candle while describing what it is in our lives that we need to let go of.  We then each broke an egg into our own egg-shaped bowl. Grabbing a handful of soil, we buried the yolk and broken egg, mixing it until our bowls were about half-full.


 In looking towards the future, we lit a white candle while describing something we would like to attract or do in the future.  We then wrote that goal on a piece of paper and poked it into the soil like a seed.  Once home, each person should bury the soil outside so it can contribute to the fertility of the earth.

Before the ritual, I put together a set of eggs with stones and a little slip of paper in them.  I did it blind-folded, so even I didn't know what eggs contained which stones.  In the final part of the ritual, we randomly selected an egg from a basket.  The slip of paper described the two major metaphysical correspondences of the stone.  In the upcoming months, these are the two areas of life that the person should focus on.  The stone enclosed in the egg would help the person on their path.


In the end, everyone got quite a bit to take home from just the ritual alone.  And the festivities weren't over just yet!



After the ritual, we continued the celebration upstairs by painting small wooden eggs.  I chose wooden eggs because they stood upright and wouldn't rot later on.  Here's the results of that, as well as some more shots of my larger egg.







In addition to painting the eggs, it seems we got into painting each other in the process.  No such thing as enough paint!  On to some more shots of the painted eggs.




And that concludes our festivities!  Feel free to nab any of the ideas above for your ritual.  Better yet, share your ritual ideas in the comments!




13 comments:

  1. I started the craft when I was in middle school and I'm a high school student now. I wasn't allowed to practice openly up until now. I found a clearing in the woods just a few days ago and plan to celebrate there after school today. I think your decorations very beautiful. Blessed Ostara =)

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    1. Good luck to you on your path! As Lizanne mentioned below, please be careful when you practice. Woods are often either privately owned or public property - both of which can end badly if you're discovered. If you intend to practice there, think simply. At least, until you're willing to come out of the broom closet. Blessed be!

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  2. Your page, pictures and ritual are absolutely beautiful. Happy Ostara!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you had a blessed Ostara as well!

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  3. blessed be, have a great Ostara!
    Anonymous: be careful about where you do what, some things are unfortunately forbidden. I don't know what you've planned, and which forest; these are just kind words to take heed, from a stranger :)

    marietta: lovely eggs you all made! I'm definitely nabbing your idea for next year.

    from my part: just finished saying thanks, asking for help on helping people, and sharing a lovely whisky with the God and Goddess. 'one sip for me, one for you, one for you. One for me...' ;)

    I've been able to make good use of the hazel I had to cut down, making a little shelter for animals in the garden and lighting a ritual (small) fire with it. The rest is, ostara appropriately, composting in the garden to fertilise.

    Stopping by the store to get some red chocolate eggs in the morning, blessing them and taking them to the office. They don't really know about ostara -not going to explain unless asked either. Blessed be the unknowing is taking on a different meaning ;)

    Have a good one!

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    1. That sounds fantastic! Good luck on handing out the eggs. Most people will probably assume Easter, which may be easier anyway. If they ask though, and only if you're comfortable, open up! Only through education can we remove fear. Have a blessed spring!

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  4. What a lovely Ritual!!!
    Wishing You a Blessed Spring!

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  5. looks like you had so much fun at Ostara, your pictures are stunning I love your blog. If you would like to visit me back mine is http://www.astartemoonblog.com/, blessings to you, Alison.

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    1. Thank you so much! Blessings to you as well!

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  6. My daughter has given me permission to start teaching my grandson about the path I follow. He's 11, so the young Pagan crafts are too young for him, older rituals would be too much for him to handle at this time, but finding yours is perfect! I think we will do something similar to this, with perhaps maybe making a wreath for our door. Thank you for sharing this fun idea!

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    1. Good luck to you and your grandson! Thank you so much for reading!

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