Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth. Days and nights are equal length and the year is heading into warmth, fertility and light. Eggs are the symbol of fertility and also representative of the great cosmic egg from which the Earth and Universe were hatched.
Rituals for spring include reclaiming childhood. For many people they've never had the chance to be children, to play around and have fun. By taking on too many responsibilities too soon, or fighting for survival. spring allows us all the time to create meaningful rituals where we can begin to heal the hurts that may still be there. Use this time to free yourself from things which hinder progress. As a day of equilibrium, it is a good time to perform purification rituals and also perform workings to gain things we have lost, or to gain qualities we wish to have.
THEME: REBIRTH, CHANGE
This is the season where the plants awaken, and first buds burst into bloom. The buzzing of insects fill the air, and the Earth opens fully to new life. The Equinox is a midpoint between the inwardness of winter and the outer energy of summer. Playfulness, vibrancy, and wild pleasures are just a few of the attributes associated with spring. These days may be celebrated by honoring Ostre, Goddess of the egg and the hare. At Spring we paint eggs in half light colors and half day to symbolize the balance of dark moon time and solar light.
The Ash is a tree of the Spring Equinox, a tree of magic and the goddesses tree of justice. With the beauty of the season comes a fierce love of the Earth and new vows to help protect what sacred beauties are still left for us. We know that we can always begin again in Spring, and each time we are older and wiser.
To Do: Spring clean closets, altars, and psyches. Use this energy to dust the cobwebs from our homes and our minds.
GODDESS OF SPRING (INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO): VIRGIN/MAIDEN GODDESSES, AND SOME FERTILITY GODDESSES. ISIS, DEMETER, PERSEPHONE, PARVATI, KWAN YIN, OSHUN, CHALCHIUHTLIQUE, GAIA, MARY, GUDALUPE, ASTARTE.
THE SPRING ALTAR:
Set with intensely colored cloths and green candles symbolizing the return of green to the Earth, fertility and abundance. Spring flowers: wild flowers, crocus, pussy willows, daffodils, trilliums. Add eggs, honey, pomegranates, seeds, breads, apples.
Essential oils/Incense : Lily Of The Valley, chamomile, lavender, rose, patchouli, Jasmine, marjoram
Ritual for Ostara/Spring Equinox
Written by Scott Cunningham
Flowers should be laid on the altar, placed around the circle and strewn on the ground. The cauldron can be filled with spring water and flowers, and buds and blossoms may be worn as well. A small potted plant should be placed on the altar.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and incense, and cast the circle.
Invoke the Goddess and God in whatever words please you.
Stand before the altar and gaze upon the plant as you say:
"O Great Goddess, you have freed yourself from the icy prison of winter. Now is the greening, when the fragrance of flowers drifts on the breeze. This is the beginning. Life renews itself by Your magick, Earth Goddess. The God stretches and rises, eager in His youth, and bursting with the promise of summer."
Touch the plant. Connect with its energies and, through it, all nature. Travel inside its leaves and stems through your visualization - from the center of your consciousness out through your arm and fingers and into the plant itself. Explore its inner nature; sense the miraculous processes of life at work within it.
After a time, still touching the plant, say:
"I walk the earth in friendship, not in dominance. Mother Goddess and Father God, instil within me through this plant a warmth for all living things. Teach me to revere the Earth and all its treasures. May I never forget."
Meditate upon the changing of the seasons. Feel the rousing of energies around you in the Earth.
Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple Feast.
The circle is released.