We have been channeling the creative energy of Ostara (Spring Equinox) all week. On Monday, I told Everett the story of Ostara and the Very Special Eggs so Tuesday, we did some traditional egg dying. I planned on decorating with onion skins but didn't realize I had to wait to boil the eggs, so we'll do that next week when the extended family celebrates Easter.
On Wednesday, we read Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing. We talked about all the new life growing in our own backyard and how we can take part as creators and caretakers of the earth.
We planted some sunflower seeds, and ritually planted with them some of our own dreams. Everett (sweet boy that he is) shared that his two dreams were, "for us to always be together and to always be healthy" and "to be Spiderman and have two capes forever and ever and teach other people to be superheroes."
We also said this little rhyme in honor of spring and Mother Earth that I found online and tweaked a little bit...
Welcome, welcome, warm fresh earth.
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring awakens all who rest.
Celebrate the green of Earth with me-
Happy Ostara and blessed be!
Then we hung a bag of nest-building material for the birds (thanks to Chalk in My Pocket for the inspiration).
And we gathered materials from our yard and found a spot sheltered from the wind to build our own nest for Ostara's bunny to deliver Everett's spring eggs. and hopefully, to be used later by some backyard animals gathering for their own nests.
Thursday, we gave Everett's room a good spring cleaning and smudging to clear away stale, negative energy from the Winter. Today, we will create some spring time art (I'll add pics when we're done) and make popovers for a snack. They're an egg-based bread roll that grows in the oven to pop over the sides, best eaten with lots of butter right out of the oven!