Ostara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there’s no reason we can’t have a good time with it as well. If you’ve got kids — or even if you don’t — this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available at this time of year. Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, click the back button on your browser immediately to exit this page.
Time Required: 20 minutes
For this ritual, you’ll need the following: A bag of jellybeans Marshmallow Peeps — chicks, bunnies, etc. A chocolate rabbit for each particpant A glass of milk for each participant
Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. Kids can do this — typically the chocolate rabbits end up in the center, surrounded by an army of Peeps and several rings of jellybeans. A quick note — you might want to perform this ritual well in advance of mealtime, or all the kids will be too full of candy to eat a real dinner.
First, give everyone present a handful of jellybeans. Point out the different colours in the jellybeans, and what they can represent. As you call out each one, eat the jellybeans in that colour. Feel free to be a bit goofy. Say:
Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season,
How we adore you!
Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)
Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)
Red is for the tulips that grow in the garden! (eat your red jellybeans)
Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)
Purple is for the crocuses that sprout in the wood (eat the purple ones)
Continue this until all the colours are gone — if you really want to have some fun, make the kids take turns naming off the colours and what they mean to them. When they’re all gone, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty jelly bean of Spring!
Next, hand out the marshmallow Peeps. As you do, say:
Behold the Peep!
The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!
Little Peep chickens, we honour you! (bite the Peep chicks)
Little Peep bunnies, we honour you! (bite the Peep bunnies)
Continue this until the Peeps are all gone — it’s probably a good idea to limit each kid to just two or three Peeps at the most. When the Peeps have all vanished, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty Peeps of Spring!
Finally, distribute the chocolate rabbits. Say:
Behold the great chocolate rabbit!
As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!
O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears! (eat the rabbit’s ears)
Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail! (eat the rabbit’s tail)
Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs! (eat the rabbit’s legs)
He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed! (eat the rest of the rabbit)
When the rabbits are all gone, say:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty chocolate rabbit of Spring!
Give everyone a glass of milk, and raise your drinks in a toast to these three symbols of the season.
To the jelly beans! To the Peeps! To the chocolate rabbit! We drink in your honour!
Drink your milk, and sit back to enjoy the sensation of being stuffed with ritual candy.
Source: Patti Wigington