The altar should be in the center of the circle area facing the eastern quarter. It should always be yellow for the Earth Rite of the Spring Equinox (per the author). The two main altar candles should be yellow for the Spring Equinox Ritual. The four quarter candles (or glass votive candle holders) should always be yellow in the east, green in the north, blue in the west, and red in the south. All other secondary candles used for extra lighting in the ritual area can be of a pale shade of green, and whatever other colors may suit the tastes of the members. A candle-lantern or extra candle will also be needed for the priest's invocation of the Solar Lord.
A large plate or platter will be needed in which will be placed a packet of flower seeds, a small, young houseplant, and a small basket or container filled with colored eggs. Any kind of cut flowers and/or greenery suggestive of spring would be appropriate.
Casting of the Circle/Calling of the Quarter Regents
Assemble the quarter regents per your tradition. The first quarter regent, however, to be called will always be whichever one has the seasonal preeminence. East has the preeminence in the Spring.
Invocation of the Maiden
After the assembling of the quarter regents has been completed, the priestess will take her place at the center of the circle, facing the eastern quarter. She will then lift up either her hands or her sceptre and begin the invocation.Priestess
We bid Thee welcome,
After she has finished the invocation, the priestess will then step to one side of the altar to make room for the priest as he begins his invocation to the Solar God.
Invocation of the Ascending Solar God
The priest will stand before the altar facing the east, and lifting up his staff and/or hands, he shall begin the invocation of the Solar God.Priest
Let us give praise
The priest will then set his staff in its place. Then he will take the candle-lantern (or candle), and going first to the eastern quarter, and then to the western quarter, he shall make the sign of the equal armed cross as he says the following words:Priest
God of Light, God of Life,
The candle-lantern is returned to its place by the priest.
The Eostara Blessings
The priest will then pick up the platter containing the packet of seeds, the plant, and the colored eggs. The priestess will then face the grove members, along with the priest, while she recites the following:Priestess
Tonight we celebrate
The priestess then places her hands over the platter held by the priest as she speaks the following:Priestess
The blessings of our Lady and Lord
The priestess will then begin to lead a procession deosil around the circle as she takes the platter of seeds, plant, and eggs from the priest and holds it aloft while all join in the following chant:
Seeds to bury,
At the priestess' discretion she will return to the altar with the platter and instruct all present to stretch forth their hands toward the platter to fully charge it with their accumulated power to complete the blessing. The platter will then be replaced on the altar.
Releasing the ElementsPriest
Spring is the season of rejuvenation
The same individuals who assembled the Quarter Regents during the opening rites shall now unsheath their glaives and take their respective positions at each of the quarters to which they have been assigned. Starting with the eastern quarter, each will raise their glaive and address the Quarter Regents.Eastern Quarter
Regents of the East,
Regents of the North,Western Quarter
Regents of the West,
Regents of the South,
The callers of the quarters will return to their places within the circle.
The Parting Prayers
When the priestess and the priest sense that the time has come to close the rites and open the circle, they will bid everyone to stand as both the priestess and the priest go to the altar in the center of the circle. The priestess will now lift up her sceptre and/or hands in a parting prayer to the Goddess.
Goddess of the Earth,
The priest will then stand before the altar facing east and lift up his staff and/or hands in a short prayer of parting to the Solar God.Priest
Radiant Lord of Living Life,
At this time, the members who called the quarters will now dismiss them to their own domains. The priest will then take his glaive to the marked boundary of the circle and open the circle in accordance with local custom.
The Closing Benediction
The priestess will then make the final proclamation for the ritual's conclusion.Priestess
This rite of the Spring Equinox is ended!