Spring is upon us! Pagans everywhere are getting ready to celebrate the Spring Sabbat (also called Eostre, Ostara, and others) with egg dying and seed planting. This is the time of the year when gardens are planted, trees begin to bud, and the Seax-Wica celebrate new life as the light half of the year approaches (but is still six weeks away).
Like every holiday, how the individuals, households, and covens celebrate the Spring Sabbat varies significantly, but there are definitely some common practices. Like mentioned above, the dying of eggs is common. The planting of a seed is often done ceremoniously during the Sabbat Ritual, but it can also become a family activity where each member of the household chooses a bulb and pot and plants it.
Part of the ceremony Raymond Buckland describes in his “Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft” involves each person writing down a “seed” of an idea, whether it’s a quality one wishes to work on, or a creative idea to work towards. The paper is then given to the High Priest/ess who lights it and drops the ashes in a pot with soil for a seed to be planted. There are many books that have been published with different rituals and celebrations for the Spring Sabbat, in addition to “The Tree” and Big Blue (Buckland’s Book of Complete Witchcraft, as it has become affectionately referred to as).
Some other ideas for the Spring Sabbat:
- Spring cleaning! Start fresh by clearing out you old clutter.
- Meditate on new ideas (whether or not you plan to write them down, like mentioned above).
- Decorate your Altar and/or house with Spring flowers and decorations.
- Go on a nature walk and keep your eye out for signs of new growth.
How do you celebrate the Spring Sabbat, Eostre, Ostara, etc.? Let us know in the comments!
I wanted to add this down here so it wouldn’t come across as part of “The Tree” other works, but at my household we have a bonfire pretty much whenever we can. For the Spring Sabbat, I have have each of my kids write down something they want, that requires some kind of work or growth on their part. They then each get to light their paper on fire, drop it into a flower pot, then mix potting soil with the ashes before planted a bulb or seed that they got to pick out.
For my religious practice, I follow the liturgy from “The Tree” pretty closely, though modified for a solitary practitioner (wife and kids are non-practitioners, or “theows”).