Thanks to all who came and participated in Ostara 2013 on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6pm. The Ritual started around 8:30 pm due to printer issues and no outlines of the ritual being available till then. Plenty of socializing and pre-ritual fun took place before President Cureton rung the great society bell to call to order the ritual.
With the usual openings and calling of the quarters, the Ostara celebrations began. With the altar decorated in spring fashion with egg that had been dyed before hand by president Curetn and SLPS member Rena Fairbrother, ribbon and a special custom Ostara plaque, the entering the circle happened after the cleansing of the temple space. The ritual took place in doors this year because of the weather temperatures being in the 30s. As the people entered the space, they were cleansed and consecrated to work magic and give honoring to the Great Goddess.
The story of Ostara was told and the members and guests of SLPS were taken to meet the Goddess in her woodland dwelling where she was playing a beautiful lap harp. She gave each person advice and sent them along their way. Next poetry, music, dance, flowers, eggs, stones and food were offered to the Goddess as gifts of gratitude and love for the returning of light and springtime. Music was provided by president Cureton on violin. Everyone in turn received a wildflower bulb to plant to help seed the barren Earth back to life. Each person also received a small half inch Venus of Willendorf statue as a Goddess charm. Special organic gluten free apple cinnamon muffins were made by SLPS’s newest member Cheyanne O., The muffins quickly disappeared and the members of SLPS have given her the task of making more for Beltane!
Personal libations to the Goddess came after a small break. President Cureton performed a druid spring rite and then the ritual came to a close. The feasting included dishes such as roasted eggs, potato salad and spare ribs! Check out the photos below.