Submitted by swampy
Children’s Ostara Ritual
This is a ritual I wrote for my daughter and one of my friend’s children, since there seems to be a lack of kids’ rituals.
For this ritual , you will need:
- Egg Rattles filled with Seeds
- Yourself and your kid(s)
- A Yard or Cups filled with Dirt
This ritual can be done inside or outside. If you are inside, use the cups filled with dirt. If it is warm enough to go outside, use the yard in place of the cups of dirt. Take your eggs and hold them. Ask the Lord and Lady to bless them as symbols of the life force that is sleeping in the Earth. Use your own words to do this. Let your heart and soul tell you what to say. After you bless your eggs, stand still with your feet firmly on the ground. Breathe deeply a few times, and ground and center yourself. Feel the sleeping Earth, become one with it. Pretend you are the Earth, still sleeping after the long, cold Winter.
Slowly stretch your arms up over your head, as if you were just waking up in the morning, and pretend you are the Earth slowly awakening.
Start walking deosil , slowly, gently shaking the egg you hold, chanting softly, “Wake up Earth. Rise from your Sleep. Trees and Flowers stir, time to color the land once again.” As you walk, keep the picture in your head of the grass, trees, and flowers coming back to life, and growing, turning everything green and beautiful again. Feel the land waking up as you walk. As you feel the Earth wake, walk a little faster, shake your egg louder, and chant faster and louder. Pull the waking energy into you and send it into the egg. Stomp your feet and shake your egg, willing the Earth, trees, and flowers to wake up, and keep going faster and faster.
When you feel like the egg is full, and you can feel the life stirring in Nature again, break open your egg and look at the seeds, which will be glowing with energy. If you are inside, take the seeds and plant them in the cups of dirt, and ask them to grow strong and healthy, just like the trees and flowers outside. See the energy in the seeds spread to the dirt and make it come alive. If you are outside, you can either plant them in the ground or scatter them around, asking them to grow. See the energy of the seeds go into the ground to wake up all the other plants.
Or, you can leave them as an offering to the birds who come out in early Spring, and ask them to accept these gifts, and to carry them far and wide to grow.
If you still feel like you have alot of energy in you, push it out of your feet into the ground and ask it to go wake up the sleeping plants and the Earth, and to help turn everything green again.
After you are done, be sure to tend to your seeds in the cups , and when the Earth is ready for planting, take your seeds outside and place them gently in the ground, willing them to grow strong and healthy. Leave a small offering, like a stone or some honey and milk, and ask the Faeries to take care of your plants.