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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ostara Family Ritual

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Spring is almost here and here to a quiet year with quiet weather. Hope all finds you all well.

I know Ostara is really tomorrow but I figured I would put this up early so that you can have time to plan.

Supplies:

Two small votive candles - I use yellow and green
And Bells for each participant

Have one of the kids ring their bell three times and say the following;

I ring the bell To cast the circle So Mote it Be!

Then an Adult or one of the older children casts the circle, saying the following;

I weave around us a circle With love and light Where we can Honor the Lady and Lord

Tell the kids to imagine a silvery-blue light surrounding them in a large circle. Explain that this "Circle of Light" means that we want to make this a sacred place to honor the Goddess and God.

Then you can light the yellow candle and say;

Sun King - Oak King growing stronger. Spring is here and Winter is gone. We say hail to the God.

Tell the children that you chose yellow to represent The Sun, the radiant power of the God.

Have the kids ring their bells again. This time tell them they are the warm, fresh breezes of spring. Tell them also that warmer days are coming if they aren't here already. Let them have fun with it. Remember you want your children to look at ritual as the happy, fun celebration it was to our ancestors!

Then pick up the green candle and tell the children that it represents the Earth. Light it and say;

Still young is the Earth Maiden and Spring is just upon us. We send her strength for the seasons to come.

This time instead of bells, have the children lay down on the Earth. And think about new plants growing out of the dirt. Then have them stand and ring their bells just once.

Now you can close the circle. Let the child who rung the bell first, now ring their bell again and say;

I ring the bell To close the circle So Mote It Be!

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