A Solitary Celebration for the Vernal Equinox
(with Jewish influences)

Materials:

7 pastel colored candles- yellow, pink or orange, pale blue, royal blue, green, light brown and white
Crystal bell
Chalice or goblet containing the waters of life (in this case, wine)
Circular shaped loaf of bread
Low Altar or small low table
Altar cloth
Any spring type decorations you might want for the altar

Set up:

Scribe a circle with your staff that encompasses your altar & allows plenty of room to move. Place the candles as follows on their designated compass point on the circle: pale yellow on the east, pink or pale orange on the south, pastel blue on the west, pale green on the north. The remaining candles are placed on the altar as follows: white representing spirit in the center, with light brown (below) and royal blue (above) on either side. The chalice & bell should be placed on either side of the candles. These items should form a crescent shape on the altar. The last item, the bread should be placed within the crescent shape between the druid & the candles.

The celebration:

Stand near the center of the circle. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and begin centering yourself. Imagine your spirit reaching down into the earth and up into the cosmos. When you feel grounded, begin by walking to the candle to the east. Light it and say:

“Spirit of the East, I welcome you and your gentle kiss borne upon the wind. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Now, walk to the southern candle. Light it and say:

“Spirit of the South, I welcome you and the awakening passion you bring. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Now, walk to the western candle. Light it and say:

“Spirit of the West, I welcome you and your gentle spring rains. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Now, walk to the northern candle. Light it and say:

“Spirit of the North, I welcome you and the fruitfulness of the awakening Mother. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Walk to the altar and sit in front of it. Light the brown candle and say:

“Spirit of below, I welcome you and your gentle stirrings of life. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Light the royal blue candle and say:

“Spirit of above, I welcome you and your infinite lights. Come if you will and rejoice with us.”

Light the white candle and say:

“Spirit within, enters here in light and love to rejoice in the awaking of our Mother.”

Ring the bell seven times.

“Oh great Hashem, hear and forgive your humble servant. You are everywhere, but I worship you here. You are without form, but I worship you in these forms. I come before you today to celebrate the return of life to the Earth Mother. I rejoice in the awakening of the flowers and trees, may they bring us great joy with their colorful blooms. I rejoice in the ecstasy of the birds, singing in joy. I rejoice in the gentle kiss of the wind, warm and gently caressing my cheek. I rejoice in the awakening of the Earth Mother and the return of her children. Hashem, cleanse my mind and heart and help me prepare to meditate that I may be closer to you and her. I rejoice and welcome Alban Eiler!”

Sit for a time in quiet meditation, breathing deeply and being aware of the sounds and smells surrounding you and any feelings you may have.

When you are done meditating, take the bread within your hands and say:

“Blessed are you Hashem, and blessed is your child the Earth, that brings forth the grains and provide us with food.”

Break a small piece off and while sprinkling the crumbs on the ground say:

“I offer these in thanks for your bountiful gifts.”


Return the bread to the table and lift the goblet.

“Blessed are you Hashem, and blessed is your child the Earth, who provides us with drink so that we never thirst.”

Drink from the goblet and pour some upon the ground and return it to the altar.

Ending:

Rise to your feet and say:

“Blessed are you, Spirits of Above and Below , Spirits of the North, West, South and East and any others that may be in attendance. Thank you for being a part of this celebration. Stay if you will or go if you must. I wish you peace.”

The celebration may be followed with a mini-seder celebrating the fruits of the trees and be sure to include many spring flowers in your decorations.

~~ Source Unknown ~~