On Saturday the Wildwood held our Alban Eiler Ritual up on the Edge. We had it a week after the actual Spring Equinox as someone was off gadding at the Druid Gorsedd that weekend! (more about this in a later post!)
Unfortunately the lovely spring weather of the weekend before didn’t hold, it was blowing a gale and raining steadily. I didn’t bother spreading the green cloth I’d bought for the Altar as it was so wet. Instead we had the natural carpet of oak and beech leaves. The white eggs were duck eggs, they have a wonderful pearlescent shell – especially when wet - which unfortunately the photo didn’t pick up. The grey ‘ball’ is actually the round end of a large marble egg. That bowl was full of water by the time we’d finished!
Traditionally in this ritual we plant seeds to symbolise the plans we’re hoping to nurture to fruition during the year. However I was more drawn to explore the theme of balance, which seemed particularly apt given the solar eclipse here in the UK, which coincided with the Equinox this year. I’ve been to many Alban Eiler rituals where eggs are used as decoration or simply as a symbol of Spring, but I wanted to make them the focus of this ritual. The Cosmic Egg after all, holds the balance of all things, light and dark, male and female, conscious and unconscious, expansion and contraction. An egg is potential life, holding the promise of renewal. At this time of Spring, all our plans, which have been incubating in the dark of the year, can now be hatched, brought forth into this, the apparent world.
I adapted the following poem by Nicky Martin and included it in the ritual. The hare of Eaostre was replaced by ‘I am Gaerr, the sacred hare’.
I am the hare of Eostre
I am the sweet maidens messenger
I am springing over the fresh green shoots
Look at me run in exaltation
Sun shines brightly
Solar powers ascends
Sap rises urging creation
Surging power, flowing growing
I am the egg potent power protected.
Following on from the egg theme I thought it might be fun to make an egg for everyone. I included a little packet of seeds – nasturtium and sunflower mixes, and also a photocopy of one of the bird cards from the Druid Animal Oracle, as well as a chick, a chocolate representation of the Sacred Hare :) and the obligatory eggs .
It’s always interesting to see what lessons and associations you can discover from the card you ‘pick’ I had a really lovely time sitting making these – it’s about as crafty as I get!
Before we left the Grove we visited Bride in her bower and left her the tulips for company.
It was a lovely ritual and the gusty wet weather just seemed to enhance it.