Set your altar with
a pastel cloth, your usual altar tools, an abundance of spring
flowers or potted plants, and a basket of flower petals, small
flowers, or green leaves. Place a
small statue of the goddess of your choice on the left as you face the altar, and
the god of your choice on the right. In
the center place a small cauldron with dry wood laid over some easily ignited
charcoal. (Good to have this on a metal or ceramic plate or tray.)
Wear a pastel dress or shirt, and a wreath of flowers on your head.
(Pastel ribbons may be substituted for flowers.)
Have matches and paper and pen handy.
Breathe in the fragrance of spring flowers as you say,
"My eyes are clear to see the
beauty of Spring;
My ears are open to hear the songs of the season;
My heart is free to find balance in this space."
Pick up the basket of petals and cast the Circle
by scattering them as you walk slowly deosil, repeating these words:
"I walk the earth in
friendship, not in dominance.
Mother Goddess and Father God, instill within me
through these flowers a warmth for all living things.
Teach me to revere the Earth and all its treasures.
May I never forget."
Circle is cast, the ritual begun.
May the ancient powers of Moon and Sun
me and my presence here
Knowing they are always near.
I balance between dark and light
In this moment between day and night."
Face each direction as you
invoke the spirits. If you wish, a small vase of spring flowers in each
direction can serve as a focus.
"Spirits of the East, Spirits
Awaken me with your Spring breeze."
"Spirits of the South, Spirits
Warm me with your rising sun."
"Spirits of the West, Spirits
Wash me with your gentle rain."
"Spirits of the North,
Spirits of Earth,
Clothe me in your finery of new growth."
"Great Goddess, you move
forward from the icy grasp of winter.
Now is the greening, when the fragrance of flowers drifts on the breeze.
Now is the Spring with promises of new growth.
This is the beginning. Life renews itself by your magick."
"Mighty God, stretching
and rising, eager in your youth
and bursting with the promise of Spring,
you now stand shoulder to shoulder with your mother."
"Goddess and God, female
and male, in balance and harmony, you show the way for fertility of animals and
Show also the way of balance in my life.
I ask you to be with me in this Circle."
"All is in balance
As I stand between the worlds.
I stand between dark and light.
I stand between day and night.
I stand between joy and sorrow,
As the past fades into tomorrow."
Light the fire in your cauldron
with these words:
"As I feel the warmth of
I know that Spring is now begun.
There’s something I must cast away
That new growth can come forth today."
Gaze into the growing flames
and focus on balance. In this
moment when the days and nights are equal, meditate on balance in your life.
Focus on spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional balance. Identify
what keeps you off balance—demands of a job, an unwholesome relationship, an
unmet desire…only you know what it is. As
you become aware, write it on the paper. Hold
it in your hand for a moment. Then
cast it into the flames in your cauldron. Watch
and chant as the paper is burned and as the flames grow smaller.
Chant softly gaining in
strength and volume:
"Through balance I become
Your hold on me now is undone."
Now dismiss the Directions,
again facing each direction.
"Farewell, Spirits of the
I thank you. Now you may go forth."
"Farewell, Spirits of the
I thank you. You may go and rest."
"Farewell, Spirits of the
May truth be spread by word of mouth."
"Farewell, Spirits of the
I thank you. You may go and feast."
"Lady and Lord my thanks
For being here, steadfast and true.
I know you hear all that I say
As I am poised ‘tween night and day.
To insure that the magick does come true
I will help it to happen in all that I do.
My thanks for your blessings; my thanks for your care.
Go now, if you wish. You are everywhere."
"The light of the Maiden surrounds me. The love of the
Mother enfolds me. The wisdom of the Crone empowers me.
Wherever I am, the Goddess is
And all is well.
published in The Controversial Cauldron - the group newsletter of Email Witches
Crone is an active member of the UU (CUUP’s) and has been a member of Email Witches since 2004
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