We have reached the point of the year when Spring is in full swing! Time to get outside and perform a simple garden seed blessing. This is an easy Ostara ritual that you can do over the seeds that will be planted or the sprouts that are already beginning to grow.
What is Ostara?
Ostara is our Spring Equinox celebration when the Wheel has turned and we have reached the balance between equal day and equal night. Days are growing longer from here on out. As the Sun gains in strength our energy does, too. The seasonal focus is on balance and planning here in the Northern Hemisphere. (Our friends in the South are celebrating Mabon, or the Fall Equinox)
This is the time of year when most religious traditions are celebrating a time of renewal and rebirth. Other cultural celebrations that take place on or around the Equinox include the Christian Easter, Holi or Hindu Festival of Color, Hogan in Japan, Nowruz or New Year on the Persian calendar, and the Jewish Passover. Find the exact time of the Spring Equinox (when the Sun transitions 0° Aries) >>HERE<<
Ostara Ritual Essential Oil Blend
- 20/50/30 blend of essential oils:
- 2 drops of Geranium (for fertility & health)
- 5 drops of Lime (for healing & protection)
- 3 drops of Wild Orange (for divination & prosperity)
This blend can be used in a variety of ways:
- Mix with distilled water in a 2 oz. spray bottle
- Diffuse in an aromatherapy mister
- Blend with a carrier oil (I prefer jojoba) in a 10 ml glass roller bottle.
Ostara Seed Blessing Ritual
The blessing of a garden transcends any one religion and dates back to our earliest agricultural roots. By performing an Ostara Seed Blessing Ritual you are aligning yourself with a sacred cycle of renewal and new beginnings. This simple practice will help transform your garden from the mundane to magical.
Gather together the following materials:
- Seeds to be planted
- Basket or Cauldron
- Ostara Ritual Oil Blend
It is best to perform this ritual at sunset in the garden where your seeds will be planted. Of course, for many of us, that garden will be growing on our windowsills or in a sunny spot on the patio. You may cleanse the space with a few sprays of your essential oil blend (or use your aromatherapy mister). Alternatively, use the rollerball to anoint the seed packets.
Once you are grounded & centered and fully present in the moment it is time to begin. Place the seeds to be blessed in your basket or cauldron (yes, they can stay in their packets) and trace a pentagram in the air over the seeds, saying:
As winter’s reign comes to an end
and spring brings warmth and light
the spirits of these seeds I do call forth
on Ostara’s sacred night.
From your rest so dark and long
awaken now with
You shall, in time, grow green and strong
in the soil of Mother Earth.
So~ Gerina Dunwich “Everyday Wicca: Magickal Spells throughout the Year”
After this, I like to take each seed packet out of the basket, one by one, hold it in my hands and visualize my intention for the growth of this particular plant. If it is one of my herbs, I set the intention that it’s healing and magical properties will be brought to full strength. If it is a veggie or fruit, I visualize the abundant and healthy nourishment it will provide.
Finish your ritual by offering thanks to your God/Goddess for the life force flowing within each seed. If you are so inclined, you may also plant the seeds at this time. Remember, your magical practice is as individual and wonderful as you make it. Go with the flow and trust your instincts.
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