Decorations: Yellow Disk or Wheel, Coloured Egg's, Hare Decorations,
This marks the Spring Equinox. This is the Pagan "Easter"
- or rather, this is the day that Christians borrowed to be
their Easter. It is traditionally the day of equilibrium,
neither harsh winter nor the merciless summer, and is a time
of childish wonder. Painted eggs, baskets of flowers and the
like are generally used to decorate the house. It is common
to use this time to free yourself from things which hinder
progress. As a day of equilibrium, it is a good time to perform
self banishings and also perform workings to gain things we
have lost, or to gain qualities we wish to have.
The second of the 3 spring festivals, this Sabbat occurs in
mid March when day and night are of equal length. This festival
is also of fertility where seeds are blessed for planting
soon after. Traditional colors for this holiday are light
green, lemon yellow and pale pink (actually, most pastels
from Scott Cunningham's book The Complete Book of Incense, Oils
Burn during rituals on Ostara (the Spring Equinox, which falls
on Sunday, March 20th this year), or to welcome spring and to
refresh your life.
The materials needed are the following:
*2 parts Frankincense
*1 part Benzion
*1 part Dragon's Blood
*half part Nutmeg
*half part Violet Flowers (or a few drops - like 3 - of Violet
*half part Orange Peel
*half part Rose Petals
*fire-safe incense burner, censer or pot.
For best results, grind the materials in a mortar and pestle.
Take a small amount and place on a burning charcoal block in
a fire-safe censer or burner.
for Ostara/Spring Equinox
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
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
After a time, still touching the plant, say:
"I walk the earth in friendship,
not in dominance. Mother Goddess and Father God, instill 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.
This spell will help to renew your spiritual self as the Earth
does every Spring. You will need the following materials:
*a small black candle and a small white candle
*medium sized yellow or green candle - if you can find one shaped
like an egg, even better!
*a spring wreath to fit around the candle, either hand-made
or bought at a craft store
*your favorite essential oil - a scent that reminds you of Spring
*a black pen and a gold-ink pen (you can find them at your local
discount or crafts store like Michael’s)
*a cauldron, fire-proof container
First, break the parchment paper in half. Use the black pen
to write on one sheet and title the page "BE GONE."
With the black pen, write all the habits, feelings, situations,
etc. that you want to get rid of. Use the back if you need more
space. Place this negative list under the candleholder or votive
of the black candle.
Second, take a nice bath or shower and cleanse yourself of any
negative vibrations. Visualize the water washing over your body
and taking away the black cloudy grime that surrounds you to
reveal a brilliant white glow. After the bath or shower, anoint
yourself with the essential oil and dress yourself in white
comfy garments or skyclad if you prefer.
Third, return to your work space and now take the other sheet
of parchment paper and with the gold pen title it "REBIRTH."
Write all of those things you want to better in yourself, change
for the positive, goals you desire to accomplish, etc. Make
positive, active statements and void comments like I should,
would, wish, hope or anything with negative connotations. This
is your positive list so fill it with vibrant positive energy.
When your list is complete, place it under the candleholder
of the white candle.
Fourth, light the black and white candle and the incense. Take
the incense holder and walk around your space three times clockwise.
Replace the incense holder. Take the negative list from under
the black candle and use its flame to set it afire and throw
it in the cauldron etc. As you do this, say:
What once was will never be.
I'm making room for the new me.
Be gone, Be gone!
So mote it be!
Fifth, after the negative list is burnt to a crisp, take the
positive list from under the white candle. Now here is where
you need to be quick and steady. (If you feel you can't do this,
that is fine - just work your way around it.) Set the positive
list aflame with the white candle and immediately use the burning
list to light your egg (or yellow, green, etc.) candle and throw
the burning paper in to the cauldron, etc.
Sixth, after this invigorating event, look at your egg candle
and say the following words:
Let me feel, let me see,
Now reborn in positivity.
As I hatch into Spring,
Let all good things now come in.
Lastly, gaze at your candle for a moment and meditate if you
wish. When you’re ready, take the cauldron outside and
throw the ashes to the wind, making sure it doesn't come back
into your house! After that, make sure to snuff out the candles
when appropriate. Go get something to eat and begin to enjoy
your renewed self!
The White Goddess Pagan
Scott Cunningham's book, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils
Walter L. Mora