Spring tonic made from cider vinegar, honey, and water, in equal parts
A dark shawl for each person
Some spring bulbs for each person
Prepare your spring tonic and sip it throughout this ritual. If the recipe above is too strong, you can add some more water. This tonic is good for cleansing your blood, aiding digestion, balancing your body’s ph, and it feels like it banishes the sluggishness of winter. My grandmother swore by it!
With your shawl wrapped around you, contemplate (if you are alone) or tell (if you are leading a group) the story of Queen Persephone, daughter of Demeter and Queen of the underworld. Persephone has spent the time since the autumn equinox underground with King Hades. She has been the guide for the heroes and adventurers who visit the underworld in the winter. She is friend to all brave explorers and wife to the king. But, as spring approaches she finishes her work in the underworld and prepares herself to join her mother on the land and usher in the riotous colors and energy of spring. Demeter is preparing for her daughter and the energy of the pull of mother and daughter is felt throughout the natural world. Picture the excitement of Persephone as she moves throughout her underground castle blowing out the candles and divesting herself of her queenly robes. She becomes younger and girlish as we see her; she is, after all, just a maid when in the fields with her mother.
Feel yourself youthing as you contemplate Persephone. Feel yourself young with dreams, possibilities, and new beginnings. What is the new beginning that wants to come through you right now? To remind yourself of how it feels to be young and thrilled with life, knock gently on your heart and remember. Then with the greatest intention knock on the earth and say, “Persephone, come to me. Fill my heart with your youthful exuberance. Plant new dreams in me.” Picture Persephone hearing your knock and your invitation. Picture her throwing off her gown and in her white shift she flies up through a crevice, which opens above her, flying up onto the land to her mother and into your heart. Throw off your dark shawl and feel the miracle of rebirth in springtime!