::NOTE: The photos are not my entry, they are merely visual aids.::
This is my personal traditional Ostara / Spring Equinox ritual-thing.
It's not very formal, hence, there is no big calling of spirits / elements / etc. However, it's wornderful.
So, it's starts out with a trip to the local grocery store to buy eggs and a package of Easter Egg dye ... I prefer the simple kind with dye, a crayon, that copper-colored bendy dipper thing, no stickers or tie-dyes or sparkles, or any of that crap.
Hard-boil the eggs.
Now, sit and think. What do you want to be rid of, and more importantly, what do you want to grow in its place? That's very important, and I think sometimes it gets missed when you're at the fire, burning away things you don't want. When you get rid of something, there is a void, and you must fill it with something you want, else something will fill it for you, and it may not be what you want.
Anyway, my three things this year (there were more than three, but I lumped them into three eggs, cuz I really didn't want to eat 1/2 a dozen in one sitting!) were:
1) motivation, organization and focus
2) intuition, foresight, divinatory / prophetic dream help
Decorate them, being sure to make the decoration process an energy / ritual process on its own, not only coloring the shells to fit what you want in your life, but adding that energy to the eggs themselves. Very important.
A picture of my eggs follows:
The red-orange one is #1 (has a bull's-eye for focus, etc), the middle one (looks greenish in the picture, but really it was blue) is #2, and the last one (looks blue, but was purple) is #3.
Now that we have the eggs, let's find a place. The first year I did this, I was living in a small town in the mountains and my speacial place was literally my backyard:
(My dorms were at my back while taking this picture)
However, I've moved, and the mountains do not grace my backyard anymore (although I can still see them from my front yard).
So, I had to find a new place, similar to what an ex-boyfriend called a "thinkspot", but it's more than just thinking to me.
I found a place last year, but the exact spot (there was a little concrete slab perfect for sitting on, or setting things on) has somehow disappeared over the winter. I'll have to explore more once school lets out (and I have more time), but until then, here are some pictures of the general area:
Anyway, the rest of the ritual is:
One egg at a time, hold the egg, and concentrate first on what you want to bring into your life, then, when you're done with that, what you want to get rid of. But don't put the energy of that into the egg itself, just into the shell.
So, for example, with the motivation egg, I said something to the effect of:
The shell represents that which holds me back from realizing my ideal. As I crack and peel the egg (*and I crack the shell on a nearby handy tree*), I am removing from my life laziness, my scatterbrained tendencies, and my lack of organizational skills.
*I held onto the shell until it was all off, or tried to, but by the end was scattering shell as soon as it came off, because it was too hard to hold the egg and the shell and peel all at the same time.*
I now scatter to the winds / waters (it was the winds at my old place, here it's water) to cleanse from my life laziness etc.
As I eat the goodness of the egg, I bring into myself the goodness of motivation, organization and focus.
Something like that. For vegans or those who are allergic to eggs, burying them is an option. In that case, peeling it is optional.
Basically, then you sit there (or stand there, or lay there, or ... you get the picture) and contemplate. This part's up to you and how you commune with nature / the gods best ... listening to nature, meditate, etc.
I recommend bringing food with you, as my personal favorite way to ground, if you need it. Like I said, the most energy-work is done at home, in your kitchen. There's a little renewing of that outside, but it shouldn't be a full-blown ritual.
And if it's something that works with your environment (fruit, etc, something that can be eaten by you and by the animals or tossed out and grow into something new, or at least decay and enrich things), then you can double grounding food and ritual offerings to the deities / spirits of place.