Children’s Ostara Ritual

April 5th, 2009

Ostara EggsThough it’s been a couple weeks since Ostara, I wanted to talk about how our family celebrated. I got a great idea about doing Ostara Eggs from Patrick McCleary’s blog, Pagan Dad.

Ostara Eggs

We colored the eggs with frozen blueberries, paprika, frozen spinach and grape juice concentrate. We didn’t strain the colorants, as some other sites suggested, figuring that it would be neat to see what patterns develop. The results were very interesting and mostly different than what we expected. You can see our eggs in the picture above (click on it to see a closeup).

For example, we drew designs in crayon but they were completely obliterated by the boiling water. It didn’t diminish the magic, though, because we explained to the kids that the designs’ energy went inside the eggs.

The paprika eggs look very spotted with orange, like strange and beautiful egg-shaped planets. The frozen spinach did not color the eggs much, leaving only light greenish vein-like lines.

The blueberries did make a nice purple hue to the eggs. They had a slightly spotted pattern with pieces of blueberry stuck to them (see the purple egg in the lower-left corner of the picture). They also had interesting cracks in the shell, caused, I’m sure, by my putting too much vinegar in the water.

The grape juice concentrate produced the results closest to what we predicted. The color was a deep, creamy violet with spots (see upper-rightmost egg).

After the eggs were finished, we did a very short Ostara ritual that our 4 children (all 6 and under) enjoyed.

Ostara Ritual

The ritual consisted mainly of a blessing of the eggs. First, I took a small dish of sea salt and charged it with the Element of Earth. Each child took a pinch (or two or three) and sprinkled the finished eggs with it, blessing them with the power of Earth.

Next, I took a small dish of water and charged it with the Element of Water and each child sprinkled it on the eggs (over and over again). The children really loved blessing the eggs with the elements.

Lavender incense was used for the Element of Air, which I lit with the Element of Fire. All of the children helped me wave the eggs in the incense smoke. They also carefully waved the smoke around the eggs to bless them.

Last, we asked the Gods to bless the eggs with the power to help us grow over the coming summer. We wanted to grow closer as a family and for our children to grow more to know themselves and how to better live in this world.

Then we ate the eggs, taking that energy into ourselves.

The ritual took a total of about 10-15 minutes, which we’ve learned is perfect for our kids’ short attention spans. It was a fun way to celebrate the change of the seasons and to experiment with new things.

2 Responses to “Children’s Ostara Ritual”

  1. debbie Says:

    Wow that sounds so beautiful, and i was looking for children friendly rituals, so thanks for being so inspiring xx Blessed Be

  2. DrDeb Says:

    What a wonderful way to welcome the spring! Blessings to all.

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