Saturday was Líithi Lushede Coven's public Ostara Ritual located at Aquarius Book sand Vulcan's Forge in downtown Kansas City.
As per usual, I have no photographs of the actual ritual. It is a courtesy requested by those photographing to avoid taking pictures of participants as they may not be comfortable with their face or name present in conjunction with the ritual.
I was unable to get a photograph of each of the corners this round. Typically 15-30 minutes early, I somehow nearly overslept and was running behind. I actually ran in, paid for my raffle tickets and they started forming the circle! I was just in time.
The ritual itself focused on the story of Persephone returning from the underworld to her mother, Demeter. Cupcakes and pomegranate juice was served.
After the ritual, attendants brought food for the buffet, including chicken, cupcakes and various juices. As usual, I provided bottled water.
There was an egg-dyeing station as well. Using a white crayon, you drew or wrote three things you wanted to draw to you in the upcoming months on the egg, one on each side. Once dry, you rolled the egg and whatever side it landed on was what you were likely to achieve or receive.
Líithi Lushede Coven has a raffle to offset the costs of the ritual. I always enter, though I see it more as a donation than an expectation to get anything.
However, this time, luck was on my side and I won the elder wand! I took that home along with a yellow daffodil passed out during the ritual.
Líithi Lushede Coven's ritual was, as usual, gorgeous and appropriate for the holiday. However, Kansas City isn't the only city that has public rituals hosted by covens, groves and circles. Everyone should attend at least one. It connects you with your local pagan community, allows you to see varying viewpoints and keeps your spiritually in-check! Check your local metaphysical store or online for listings.