Today I celebrated the Equinox with my husband. The people we had invited to the ritual were unable to come, so we celebrated on our own.
Here is our altar and fire for the ritual:
On the altar are seeds and seedlings to be blessed, as well as my Sun Goddess circlet, offerings of bread, thyme, and eggs, and my rune bag.
Once the ritual began, I called upon the Keepers of Time and Place to transport us to a time outside of time and a place outside of place. I offered them some incense that I had blended especially for the ritual. Next we called upon the Nature Spirits, the Earth Mother, and the Deities of Fertility to be present for the ritual. Then we offered praise and physical offerings to each being. We offered thyme to the Nature Spirits, bread to the Earth Mother, and hard boiled eggs for the Deities of Fertility.
Here’s the Omen pulled when we asked what blessings were offered:
The first rune on the left is Ehwaz, which is the partnership rune. In the middle is Laguz, water and life. The rune on the right is Fehu, the wealth and growth rune. Laguz and Fehu are especially appropriate for this rite. Overall I consider the omen to be very positive and reinforcing.
Next was the seed and sprout blessing, which used these words:
Nature Spirits, Earth Mother, Deities of Fertility…we ask you to bless these seeds and sprouts with your abundance and life. May they all grow strong and tall. May they nourish our hearts and souls with their gifts
We then said farewell to all the beings we invited to be present, including the Keepers of Time and Place. We closed the ritual by saying: We have come together to celebrate the Earth Mother’s awakening. As we return to our daily lives, may we carry respect for Her and all of Nature forever in our hearts. Blessed be!
It was a simple ritual, but it was beautiful in its simplicity.
Blessings of Abundance and Fertility to each of you!