A Springtime Ritual, Called Ostra in the Old Norse Calendar
You will need:
- A broom
- Water left outdoors in a bowl from
dusk the night before the spell
- Salt and pepper
Between September 21 and 23 in the southern hemisphere and between March 21 and 23 in the northern hemisphere.
Sweep your home, sweeping all dust in counterclockwise circles out the front door.
Chant as you work: “Dust to dust, away you must, health and luck and joy to bring. Begone winter, welcome springs.”
Sprinkle water droplets clockwise around your home, saying: “Enter new light and life, banish strife. Welcome luck, love, money, and new beginnings.”
Pour any remaining water out the door.
Finally, sprinkle salt and pepper on the doorstep threshold, saying: “Enter not here with ill intent, the power to harm me/us now is spent [name any unwanted visitors, human or otherwise].”
- “1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose” by Cassandra Eason