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Busy Bee Spring Equinox Celebration Ritual

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Song: There is no time but now. There is no place but here. In the sacred we do stand. In the circle hand in hand. Leader 1- We are taught that there was a time when all of the peoples of our world were nomadic. They followed the migration of the wildlife to keep warm and fed when the cold blankets the lands. With the advent of agriculture this patterned changed. Our ancestors began to homestead, to claim lands and bend them to their will. It was this point in history when the turning of the seasons took on great meaning. From that time until this we celebrate the wheel of the year, the changing of seasons. Today we gather to celebrate the spring equinox. It is time of balance and new beginnings. Leader 2 - Many ancient cultures revered the bee as a symbol the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. Modern ecology tells us that the survival of humanity is heavily dependant on the wellbeing of our bees. Today we honor the honey bee as both ancient symbol and modern ally. Song: Like a bee my mind is buzzing round the blue lotus feet of my divine mother, my divine mother. Leader 1 - In Celtic mythology, the bee is a messenger between our world and the spirit realm. The priestesses of Delphi were called melisea which means bees and were often paid in honey cakes for their visionary talents. Scientist today marvel over the communication between scout bees and their drone counterparts. The intricate bee dances communicate the distance and directions the drones need to go to find food and even the odor of the food they are seeking? Communication is one teaching you can gather from the bees. Leader 2 - The ability of bees to create honey was believed to be magickal or divine. A magickal alchemy of sorts. Honey has long been a symbol of abundance, life and sweetness. Honey bees will tap about two million flowers and fly 50,000 miles to make one pound of honey. The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile and productive while the sun shines. There is a reminder that we can find magick in our everyday workings and goals. Leader 1 - Today we will set our course for the summer season. What do you wish to harvest in the fall. Take a pen and a biodegradable sticker and write your goal. We will each approach the altar one at a time. Label your egg and if you feel called to make an offering to your deities, the spirit of the bee, or spring itself you can use the sugar water and offering bowl provided. Song: We are the flow, we are the ebb,We are the weaver, we are the web. We are the needle, we are the thread, We are the witches back from the dead. Leader 2 - Take this home and plant it. Tend it with the single mindedness of bees gathering nectar. What your have here is the beginning, the nectar collected, take it back to your hive and work the alchemy of transforming it into the magickal honey of your intent! Leader 1 - We cast this circle by holding hands and holding hands we will part. All say: The circle is open, but unbroken, merry meet, merry part and merry meet again.

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1 Kanzeda C = "The thesis of the ritual."