Eggs are strongly associated with Ostara and its images of fertility and growth, and dyeing hardboiled eggs is a wonderful tradition to use for this Sabbat. This ritual uses the egg in a slightly different way to symbolize the release of restraints in order to promote growth and development.
Personally, I am so very, very tired of winter here this year that I am going to use this ritual to break away the snow and cold and ick in order to usher in a reasonable, gentle summer.
- Hardboiled egg. Whether you dye it or not is entirely up to you. If you do, you can spend time while the egg is submerged to meditate on the way that snow melts and begins to reveal the colors of springtime.
- Plate or bowl and knife to cut the egg. (Be careful when handling knives, especially if there are kids involved.)
Cast the circle as you chant
The earth, the air, the fire the water
return, return, return, return
Call the Quarters with words like these or your own:
East, Powers of Air, blow through me with the winds of a fresh start! Hail and welcome!
South, Powers of Fire, burn in me with the energy to grow and change! Hail and welcome!
West, Powers of Water, flow through me with the courage to ride the waves! Hail and welcome!
North, Powers of Earth, ground me with the strength to break free! Hail and welcome!
Pick up your egg, and visualize its shell as the constraints that have been holding you back, especially anything that has been restraining you this past winter. Put all of your feelings about those situations into the shell (just the shell, not the egg!). Visualize your new energy as the egg itself, ready to be set free from that shell.
When you are ready, crack the shell with a sharp rap against the plate, and visualize your the constraints breaking. Peel the egg, and visualize all that has held you back falling away, allowing you to break free and emerge into a period of new growth and development.
Cut the egg in half. See the golden yolk inside as the sun, which is returning to its strength and bringing energy to fuel the growth and change of spring. Say, “The sun returns!” and celebrate!
Eat the egg to take that energy into yourself.
Thank the Quarters for their presence and blessings.
Open the circle.