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Eostre was pleased! SLPS honored and celebrated Ostara on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm. This Spring Equinox was special because of a solar eclipse, super moon and the equinox trifecta, all on one day. Lots of juice to pull down for the ritual! The altar was set, offerings of boiled eggs and wine. A sprig of plum, flowered with beautiful pinks delicates, and yellow daffodils adorned the Goddess. Sacred music was played in her honor and the Lord Herne. A simple yet powerful right, keeping the traditions alive.

Ostara 2015, altar, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, altar center with boiled eggs, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Goddess Ostara plaque with daffodils and plum spring flowers, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, ritual area, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Piggy, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Shy Fox, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few members and guests of SLPS gathered last night Friday, March 21, 2014 to prepare the eggs for Ostara 2014. At first the brown eggs appeared to present a challenge of if the dye would stick, but it sure did! Some beautiful eggs are now waiting to be presented to the Goddess and eaten in sacred Ostara egg salad! There was even a black egg! The other plastic eggs hold wildflower seeds read to be sown into the barren Earth in symbol of the returning life of spring time.

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Rhiannon Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Donna Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, cage free eggs and dyes, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seeds, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seed package, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, more colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, yet still more color died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, plastic eggs with wildflower seeds Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The wheel has turned and it’s time to get the candles and eggs out for the Germanic Goddess Ostara, one of spring and the equinox! This year’s Ostara will be performed in the Wiccan fashion by President Muad’Dib. Ritual will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm with feasting around 7:30pm. We will be dying eggs the day before on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7pm in preparation for Ostara. You can find the ritual outline here! It will be held outside so dress warmly for early spring weather! Only those who came to Witches’ Tea may attend since this is a private ritual.

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Thanks to all who came and participated in Ostara 2013 on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6pm. The Ritual started around 8:30 pm due to printer issues and no outlines of the ritual being available till then. Plenty of socializing and pre-ritual fun took place before President Muad’Dib rung the great society bell to call to order the ritual.

With the usual openings and calling of the quarters, the Ostara celebrations began. With the altar decorated in spring fashion with egg that had been dyed before hand by president Muad’Dib and SLPS member Rena Fairbrother, ribbon and a special custom Ostara plaque, the entering the circle happened after the cleansing of the temple space. The ritual took place in doors this year because of the weather temperatures being in the 30s. As the people entered the space, they were cleansed and consecrated to work magic and give honoring to the Great Goddess.

The story of Ostara was told and the members and guests of SLPS were taken to meet the Goddess in her woodland dwelling where she was playing  a beautiful lap harp. She gave each person advice and sent them along their way. Next poetry, music, dance, flowers, eggs, stones and food were offered to the Goddess as gifts of gratitude and love for the returning of light and springtime. Music was provided by president Muad’Dib on violin. Everyone in turn received a  wildflower bulb to plant to help seed the barren Earth back to life. Each person also received a small half inch Venus of Willendorf statue as a Goddess charm. Special organic gluten free apple cinnamon muffins were made by SLPS’s newest member Cheyanne Opheikins. The muffins quickly disappeared and the members of SLPS have given her the task of making more for Beltane!

Personal libations to the Goddess came after a small break. President Muad’Dib performed a druid spring rite and then the ritual came to a close. The feasting included dishes such as roasted eggs, potato salad and spare ribs! Check out the photos below.

Ostara 2013 Dyed eggs, Saturday, March 23, 2013 Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2013, Rena Fairbrother, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013, Piggy and Tyson Chase, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013, altar, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2013, Altar with Eostre Plaque, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013, altar center, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2013 l to r- Rena Fairbrother, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner, Callista Dreamwalker, Patrick Lucero, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013, Muad’Dib with violin Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2013, Muad’Dib playing music on violin, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013 Back l to r-Patrick Lucero, Lunar Oak Spirit, Iyata Bond, Piggy, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner. Front l to r-Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Woman Between the Wolves, Rena Fairbrother, Callista Dreamwalker Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2013 Back l to r-Patrick Lucero, Lunar Oak Spirit, Iyata Bond, Piggy, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner. Front l to r-Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Muad’Dib, Rena Fairbrother, Callista Dreamwalker Saturday, March 23, 2013 Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2013 feast l to r-Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Cheyanne Opheikens, Callista Dreamwalker, Patrick Lucero Saturday, March 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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President Muad’Dib had the unique opportunity to participate in an Ostara Ritual with our eastern brothers and sister in Rockingham, NC.

President Muad’Dib relates some of his experience, “I had the best time this past spring break. I drove up from Columbia, SC, where my parents live to Rockingham, NC, about a three hour drive up U.S. Hgwy 1 on Monday, March 21, 2011. I got there in time to meet up and drive ten minutes to a smaller town where the healing center was we would be renting for the space. We had an Easter egg hunt, in which I mowed everyone over and won, then we set up the five altars, one for each direction and the main altar, and waited for dark.  It got to be so late we finally had to bring them and do it.

The altars were so beautifully decorated with flowers, eggs and natural items. I was in the north and really loved using a dogwood branch for my wand. It still had the buds on it! I really enjoyed that. We listened as the high priestesses related the story of Ostara to us, then guided us into an egg for path working. We all meet the Green Man in front of an oak tree. We listened to what he had to say before leaving again. These are such great people!  We can learn a lot from the magic of the east!”

Ostara 2011, J. Mohlere (l) and Muad’Dib, U of U Pagan Society combined Ostara with Spirit of the Evergreens Coven, March 21, 2011 Pinehurst, NC

Ostara 2011, l to r Val Mohlere, Laura Redman, J. Mohlere, U of U Pagan Society combined Ostara with Spirit of the Evergreens Coven, March 21, 2011, Pinehurst, NC

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Well This is was our first official activity. Kassie Cressall from Logan even joined us, bringing the whiskey! She is in the process of starting a pagan student group at Utah State University in Logan and is getting some tips on how to do things. With 7 people joining us today, we are off to good numbers after getting started only 6 months ago! We went over to the Secretaries house on Saturday, April 1, 2010 for a beautiful Ostara ritual led by Muad’Dib giving honor to the Goddess Ostara herself for whose day it was! We divined our future with boiled Easter eggs, had a wonderful chicken salad and cake and topped it off with throwing wild flowers on the barren parts of the land!

Afterward was a full moon ritual. Everyone who came brought an item to be cleansed and recharged. Everyone left feeling recharged and renewed after pulling down the energy of the Full moon.

We hope to have many more such activities so everyone can get to see what pagans do!

See you all then

Muad’Dib

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