Ostara Ritual

Here is the Ostara Ritual we used at tonight’s Welcoming Circle:

OSTARA RITUAL

CASTING THE CIRCLE— from https://www.thoughtco.com/hold-an-ostara-ritual-for-solitaries-2562480

Light the green candle and say:
The Wheel of the Year turns once more,
and the vernal equinox arrives.
Light and dark are equal,
and the soil begins to change.
The earth awakes from its slumber,
and new life springs forth once more.

Light the yellow candle and say:
The sun draws ever closer to us,
greeting the earth with its welcoming rays.
Light and dark are equal,
and the sky fills with light and warmth.
The sun warms the land beneath our feet,
and gives life to all in its path.

Light the purple candle and say:
Spring has come! For this, we are thankful!
The Divine is present all around,
in the cool fall of a rain storm,
in the tiny buds of a flower,
in the down of a newborn chick,
in the fertile fields waiting to be planted,
in the sky above us,
and in the earth below us.
We thank the universe* for all it has to offer us,
and are so blessed to be alive on this day.
Welcome, life! Welcome, light! Welcome, spring!

Take the crystal athame and say this while tracing the circle:
We cast this circle and create
a sacred space for us to dwell.
May it protect us from all spirits and powers
that seek to do us harm. So mote it be! (by David Taliesin)

CALLING THE QUARTERS—http://home.earthlink.net/~josquin88/ostara.html
Spirits of the East, powers of Air,
Awaken us with the Spring breeze.
Fill our lungs, and join us
In celebration of the endless renewal of light and life.

Spirits of the South, powers of Fire,
Warm us with the rising sun.
Quicken our hearts, and join us
In celebration of the unfolding of the Earth.

Spirits of the West, powers of Water,
Wash us in gentle rain.
Revive our longing, and join us
In celebration of boundless possibility.

Spirits of the North, powers of Earth,
Clothe us in the finery of new growth.
Support our steps, and join us
In celebration of a world made green again.

Goddess of Earth, mother of all,
With love we greet you
As night and day once again
Greet each other in passing.
Be with us, complete our circle,
And help us always to see your face
In all that lives. We bid you welcome!

The circle is cast, the ritual begun.
May the powers of the Ancient One,
Source of all creation,
May the powers of the Goddess, bright lady of the moon,
And the God, horned hunter of the sun,
May the powers of the guardian spirits,
Rulers of the elemental realms,
May the powers of the stars above and the Earth below,
Bless this time, this place, and all who gather here.
Blessed be!

SETTING SPRING INTENTIONS—David Taliesin
The egg is a symbol of fertility and new life which were decorated in days of old to honor the Goddess. Tonight I ask that you take one of the plastic eggs in the basket and hold it in your hands. Take some time in silence to think about the things you would like to give birth to this Ostara and Spring. In order to birth something new, part of your intention may be to let something go. When your vision for what you would like to accomplish is clear, take a pen and as many strips of paper as you need. Write your intentions on theses strips of paper and place them in the egg. (Pause until everyone is done.)

Now we will raise energy to empower the intentions that are contained in our eggs. We’ll use the Om-ah…..Now direct the energy into your egg. One, two, three, release.

After our ritual is over, I ask that you take these home with you and place them in a prominent place in your home such as an altar. Periodically open the egg and take a look at the intentions you’ve made tonight. See how well you are doing in fulfilling them.

BLESSING FOR SETTING INTENTIONS—LLewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials
Great Goddess, Mother to us all,
giver of life and creator of all things,
life has many twists and turns
and now I embark on a new path
I am afraid to travel alone.

I ask for your guidance,
and your loving helping hand
to support me on my way.

I ask that when needed
you will lead me in the right direction
and steer me away from wrong turns.

Help me to keep on the path
and to not stray away even when I’m tempted.
Assist me in moving forward, and not in reverse.
Comfort me when needed.

Bless my path and the journey I undertake on this path.
Encourage me in times of self-doubt.
Protect me from those willing to harm me, even if it is myself.

Embrace me in your loving arms, to give me peace
and surround me in perfect love and perfect trust.
So mote it be! Amen!

CLOSING THE CIRCLE—http://home.earthlink.net/~josquin88/ostara.html
Goddess of Earth, mother of all,
For the Spring, for your love,
For your power, for the pomegranate,
For the fertility of the world we share,
For your presence within our circle,
We thank you, and ask your blessing,
Until we gather here again. Farewell!

Spirits of the North, powers of Earth,
We thank you for your presence here
And ask for your blessing as you depart.
May there be peace between us now and forever. Farewell!

Spirits of the West, powers of Water,
We thank you for your presence here
And ask for your blessing as you depart.
May there be peace between us now and forever. Farewell!

Spirits of the South, powers of Fire,
We thank you for your presence here
And ask for your blessing as you depart.
May there be peace between us now and forever. Farewell!

Spirits of the East, powers of Air,
We thank you for your presence here
And ask for your blessing as you depart.
May there be peace between us now and forever. Farewell!

The circle is open but never unbroken
Because it is a circle woven in love.
Whatever energy is left in this space
We return to the earth with a spirit of gratitude.
Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.

 

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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