Ostara Ritual


I THE MEANING:

{Originally used as a Church Of The Earth Of NC Ostara ritual for 2004}

This Year on Sunday March 21st we will have our annual Ostara gathering.  Join us as we celebrate the spring equinox and the return of fertility to the Earth.  This year’s Ostara gathering will begin with a call of the elements and a welcome of the fertile aspects of each element.  We will then ritually color hard boiled eggs, using white or clear wax, write symbols or words that will stand out when dyed.  These eggs will be our symbols of our hopes for new aspects of our life for the coming year.   We will then have a chant and meditation, imbuing the eggs with the energies they need. At the end of the ritual we will peel the shells and eat the eggs, sharing the energy and taking on new growth within our selves.  

II THE RITUAL

Ostara Outline:

1- Set altar tables in center

2- make table for egg preparation

a: hard boiled eggs

b: dyes and crayons

c: stickers

3- smudge circle after people have entered.  As each direction smudges, talk about the directions and how they have given us this bountiful harvest.

4- call corners

a: cleanse with air, feather

-Air breathes life into the fields…

-winds blow fertility from plant to plant

b: cleanse with fire, incense 

-Fire brings warmth into the plants

-fire gives the plants its nutrition and energy

c: cleanse with water, water drops

-Water sustains the plants

-water cools the plants and fills them

d: cleanse with earth, talc

Earth holds the plants in safety

earth nourishes the plants 

5- Joining with the elements – 

a: 10 breaths to join with air

b: Stare at the fire and join with your fire

c: drink water and join with water

d: ground self with a stone in the hand to join with earth.

6- Elements Chant

7- Do egg color ceremony.

A: explain why we will color eggs.

B: have people color their eggs.

8- Discuss light and darkness and the growing power of the dark.

a: Physical light and dark and the equinox

b: Emotional light and dark and the seasons

9- Ask about other’s beliefs, and offer chance for people to speak.

10- Guided Meditation – Balancing the light

11- Thank and release the elements


Prayer Over The Equinox:

As we enjoy this time of balance of day and night, we thank the universal spirit (s).  As we join with the equinox, we think about what we need for our own personal balance. We also remember that the universe itself has a balance; and although we may not understand it; the universe will make its balance known in due time.  May we all strive for such balance all the years of our lives.


Meditation:

I want you all to close your eyes.  Picture yourself in your favorite place.  It is the middle of summer.  The days are long.  The sun rises before 5am, and does not set until well after 9pm. You have a day to yourself and you are just enjoying it.  Think of the warmth of the day.  A gentle breeze cools you as you relax and take in your surroundings.  The summer day has made plants flourish and the nature of the world is vibrant with life.  This is the time of the light.  It is the time of self.  This is the time when you and all creatures of nature are recharged and strong. You will have to come back here again and enjoy this place.  

Now I want you to picture yourself in the same place.  It is a cool winter’s night, but you are warm and comfortable. The days are short.  It does not get light until after 7am, and sets around 4pm.  There is someone else with you.  It is your closest friend.  The conversation has lulled and you are both quietly thinking.  The winter night has made nature quietly embrace the earth.  This is the time of the dark.  It is the time of sharing.  This is the time that you and all creatures of nature are dependant on each other for strength of mind and spirit.  

Now I want you to think about the days of balance.  There is a balance of light and dark.  Self sufficiency and community spirit are in balance.  You are neither feeling lonely, nor crowded.  The temperature is neither really cold nor really hot.  It is the time of transition.  It is the time of balance.  It is now.

I want each of you to open your eyes and remember.  From balance comes direction.  From imbalance comes strength. Use these times of balance to set your direction.  Prepare for the times your passions flare, or your balance is lost. Hopefully, when you need it, you can focus the extra strength to help put yourself back into balance.


Calling the directions and elements:

We call the spirits of the direction of East.  East; the Direction of sunrise and all new beginnings. East, the direction of the element of Air.  Air, which blows fertility from plant to plant.  We call the spirit of the air and ask it to join our circle.

{Individuals silently invoke their personal beliefs as we cleanse with air, feather}


We call the spirit of the direction of South.  South, the direction of the element of fire.  Fire, which brings nutrition and energy to the plants of the field.  Fire, which brings us physical and emotional warmth.  We call the spirit of fire and ask it to join our circle

{Individuals silently invoke their personal beliefs as we cleanse with fire, incense} 


We call the spirit of the direction of West.  West, the direction of sunset and twilight.  West, the direction of the element of water.  Water, which sustains the plants of the field.  Water, which cools us and fills us.  We call the spirit of water and ask it to join our circle

{Individuals silently invoke their personal beliefs as we cleanse with water, water drops}

We call the spirit of the direction of North.  North, the direction of the element of earth.  Earth which nourishes the plants of the field.  Earth,  which holds us with strength and stability.  We call the spirit of earth and ask it to join our circle

{Individuals silently invoke their personal beliefs as we cleanse with earth, talc}

Elements chant:

Air I am, {beat beat}

Fire I am {beat beat}

Water, earth, and Spirit I am. {beat beat}


Releasing the elements:

We thank the element of the direction of North.  The element of Earth.  We thank you for your presence in our circle and in our hearts.  As we close this circle we release you from our conscious thoughts.  You are always present, yet often unseen.

{individuals release personal elemental spirits}


We thank the element of the direction of West.  The element of Water.  We thank you for your presence in our circle and in our hearts.  As we close this circle we release you from our conscious thoughts.  You are always present, yet often unseen.

{individuals release personal elemental spirits}


We thank the element of the direction of South.  The element of Fire.  We thank you for your presence in our circle and in our hearts.  As we close this circle we release you from our conscious thoughts.  You are always present, yet often unseen.

{individuals release personal elemental spirits}


We thank the element of the direction of East.  The element of Air.  We thank you for your presence in our circle and in our hearts.  As we close this circle we release you from our conscious thoughts.  You are always present, yet often unseen.

{individuals release personal elemental spirits}



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