The spring equinox is arrived and winter is officially gone, but the snow is still very present here in Canada! For the first time since my membership to ADF, I used the resources from The Solitary Druid Fellowship (SDF) website, which is an extension of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF). I held my solitary Ostara ritual on March 20, 2016 from 11:50pm to 12:50pm, using the [March] 2013 Equinox High Day Liturgy, which follows the ADF’s Core Order of Ritual, created by Rev. William E. Ashton, II.
After the introduction of the rite, I proceeded to the purification part of the ritual using the sacred hallows followed by a liturgy to honor Earth Mother. I then enunciated my statement of purpose, which was to honor Aengus Óg, the Irish God of Love and Youth and Poetic Inspiration. I did the Two Powers grounding meditation, helped by an audio recording from Ian Corrigan. During the recreation of the Cosmos, I prepared my offerings and completed the cosmology by honoring the Celtic cosmology: Sky, Land and Sea. I opened the gates by inviting the gatekeeper, Manannán. I then made my offerings: honey whiskey for the Ancestors, grapes for the Nature Spirits, orange juice and olive oil for the Deities and Mother Earth, and sandalwood incense for the gatekeeper.
The omen was cast with my Tarot cards:
- Page of Swords: Talkative, curious, mentally restless, energetic
- Two of Pentacles: Balance, adaptability, time management, prioritization
- Ace of Pentacle (Reversed): Lost opportunity, lack of planning and foresight
As I understand the message, I have a lot of energy and I can easily adapt, but I will somehow miss a good opportunity because of my lack of planning. I need to be careful. I finished the ritual by thanking the Kindreds, and closing the gates.
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