I set up my Ostara altar on my fire place. 2 reasons: 1) I wanted a change of scenery, and 2) my fireplace is big and pretty and could accommodate all of my goodies. It looked a little something like this:
|I had 4 elemental candles, my 5 eggs, and some other candles for scent and decor. Also, I had bunnies and other springtime/Ostara/Easter decorations adorning my mantle.|
Again, I didn't cast circle in a typical fashion, but I did feel the tingly sensation of being "in circle." This was a sensation that, prior to ritual taking a backseat in my life, I had never really noticed before. I wonder if it was always there, or if I'm just trying to notice something, trying to 'get something' out of ritual. Thus, I'm making more of the mystical significance of ritual than there is.
Or, perhaps, it's as real as the feeling of eating too much food. You don't feel it everyday or all the time, but under the right conditions it's there.
Anyways, I gave an impromptu invitation to the God and Goddess after inviting the elements to regard and attend my circle. I then did my blessing and asked for various things I'd like in my life. Balance, wisdom, etc. Mundane things like enough money to have some left over after bills, and bigger things like deeper peace and lasting love in my relationship with Partner. You know, all those things you ask the gods for.
In all, I'd say it was a rather lovely, rewarding experience. I painted 5 eggs with colors and symbols of each element. I do that each year by Ostara, keep them on my altar or mantle until Easter, and then bury them in fertile soil with a nice plant or something to help the energies grow. I think this year they'll help to fertilize a small outdoor herb garden that's actually in the ground - as opposed to a pot like I normally have.
Hope it's nice. Below are some other pictures of the little bit of spring decor from my house. How did YOU spend your Ostara?
Love and Lyte,