On Sat. night, March 19, the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in person Ostara Salon & Ritual to Resurrect Osiris. All are welcome to attend! It is 6:30 p.m. at The Ethical Society. Just join the Ostara / Spring Equinox event page as “going” and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
For those who are not able to participate with us in person, we are sharing this Resurrecting Osiris’ Online Ostara Ritual so that everyone may participate with us! While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple on Saturday night.
About Osiris & The Books of Breathing & The Egyptian Book of the Dead:
The ancient Egyptians worked with The Books of Breathing, which you may read it in is entirety HERE, via the Sacred Texts website, which is an excellent resource for ancient texts. The Books of Breathing actually consist of several Egyptian funerary texts. These texts allowed the dead to continue their life after death, in the afterlife. “The earliest known copy dates to about 350 BC. Other copies come from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods of Egyptian history, as late as the second century AD” (Wikipedia).
This book, which is actually several texts or books, was originally called The Letter for Breathing Which Isis Made for Her Broth Osiris. The concept of “breathing” represents life, the breath of life, which in this case the texts were designed to help the dead continue breathing in the afterlife – or to have life after death. The texts appeal to the Gods of the Egyptian pantheon to allow the dead to join them and to welcome the newly dead into the afterlife. You may also find excerpts of Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead online, a translation by Normandi Ellis, HERE.
According to Rosemary Clark’s The Sacred Magic of Egypt, this text was also known as Shai en Sensenu or The Book of Breathings or The Book of Opening the Mouth for Breathing. She further shares that myth has it that this sacred text, or series of texts, was written by Djehuti himself, also known as Thoth. There were few copies and they were located in Middle Egypt near Per Menu, an ancient city in Middle Egypt, in the 1st century, which was the Greek-Roman period. It was included “solely in the funerary troves of temple priests and priestesses,” Rosemary Clark. This text(s) or funerary guide gives a pathway or ceremony to transition from physical life into the afterlife. (The Sacred Magic of Egypt)
Our ritual tonight is The Resurrection of Osiris, which mimics his myth in a Mystery Play, or sacred play of resurrection of the dead into the afterlife. Specifically it is through the resurrection of Osiris into new life. Symbolically in turn, it is a breathing into or a reanimation of the dead, bringing them back to life, or rather birthing them into the afterlife. As Rosemary Clark further outlines in her book, “It appears to be intended for observance with one already sentient, but it awakens the person into a new realm, where fusion with new powers is possible.”
As the ancient Egyptians breathed life into their dead, so we breath life and renewal this spring into our own lives and our own goals. We resurrect ourselves, our lives and our goals this spring with the birth of new life, just as the ancient Egyptians breathed new life into their dead.
Osiris is the God of the Dead and Ruler of the Underworld. He is a god of Resurrection, with similar archetypes to other gods of resurrection, such as the Christ. He is depicted as a mummified man with a white feathered headdress. He is the God of Fertility, nourishing the crops each spring. He is the brother/husband of Isis. He is the brother of Nepthys and Seth, and he is the father of Horus. As a liminal deity, he is also associated with rebirth, transition and regeneration.
As the ancient Egyptians breathed life into their dead, we also may breath life into our connection with the Egyptian deities by breathing into the mouths of their statutes. It is said when you breathe your breath with Intent into the mouth of an Egyptian deity statue, mouth to mouth, that you are animating the statues with the very breath of the God/ Goddess him/herself. For further information on this and on working with the Egyptian Pantheon, I highly recommend the book Egyptian Paganism: Bring the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Into Daily Life by Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon. It was through just reading this book many years ago that I invoked Nepthys in my dreams for the first time and was commanding spirits within the dream. Nepthys, and other Egyptian Gods, have since become dear allies.
According to Normandi Ellis in his book Awakening of Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead, “Osiris, the god of the dead, is a green god, an image of the seed waiting in the dark to burst forth into renewal. … His death and rebirth illuminated the path from darkness to light, from unconsciousness to … In that light, I called this book Awakening Osiris for I thought of it as a call to consciousness and spiritual awakening.” Here is an excerpt from The Duel, page 72-73:
I know the story of creations and the histories of destructions. There were two sons born of heaven and earth and they married beautiful sisters. The world was new then; the fruits of the land were plentiful, the papyrus grew tall and antelope galloped the plains. Through the land a graceful river flowed nourishing all that lay there in it.
The gods said, “I give to you, Osiris and Isis, the land on the Northern River; and to you Set and Nephthys, this land that lies to the South. Go, live in peace and birth sons and daughters. Let them know they are beloved of gods.”
In their land Osiris took up the plow and Isis learned to weave. From the labor of their hands came wondrous things – corn, onion and squash, reed baskets and fine linen. But Set in his land stalked antelope and lion. He chased the elephant. He drank animal blood and sucked the marrow of their bones. He tore lettuce from its roots and left nothing to seed, until one day he found his region barren. That day he coveted the bountiful world of his brother. That day sorrow began.
With perfumed hair, amid the jangle of bells on his feet, he came bearing a chest of gold inlaid with emerald, lapis lazuli and green tourmaline. “Lie in this chest, Osiris,” he said. “If it fits you, it shall be yours.” Distrusting no one, Osiris lay in it. How quickly worked the mind of deceit. Set sealed the chest with his brother in it and carried it to the river. The swift current bore the god away, day grew dark and the night was without stars.
Years passed. Isis found the chest lodged at the core of a tamarisk (a shrub or small tree) where the trunk lay thick around it. In a boat she bore the god away, up the Nile far from the marshes to the caves of the mountains. There she hid herself, broke open the chest and fell down upon him, chanting spells of love and sorrow. Beneath the long ropes of her hair she worked the magic that conceived a child.
That night, Set roamed the mountains hunting jackals by the light of the moon. Stumbling upon the body of his brother in the darkened cave, he shrieked and, enraged, seized the corpse and hacked it into fourteen pieces. Thirteen bits of flesh, bone and sinew – the backbones, the skull, the limbs – he scattered across the Nile. But the tastiest morsel, he fed to the crocodile (or fish, depending what version that you read). Lost was the phallus of the god and he would be no more a husband on earth.
The Spring Equinox is a time of change and rebirth. We see new growth all around us. We may partake in this new growth by breathing new breath into our own seeds, into our lives and our goals. We tend to our sprouting crops and know that we may grow and manifest what we Will in our own lives. We call ourselves fully and wholly and completely back to ourselves, just like in the myth and tales of Osiris, bringing his broken body back together to claim new life.
During our ritual, we resurrect Osiris, bringing his broken body back together, healing his body, breathing new life into him, resurrecting him. And just by performing this act of love and magick, we likewise breathe new life into ourselves and our own lives. Osiris and his resurrection becomes a metaphor that we act out in this ritual to resurrect ourselves. We heal ourselves. We bring wholeness back to our lives. We breathe Life and Light into our hearts, bodies and souls, so that we might merge our souls together as one, merging with our Higher Selves and thus reaching the enlightenment of Tipareth, the Center, the Sun on the Tree of the Life.
You are welcome to join us Resurrect Osiris at any time, but if you would like to perform your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday, March 19, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.
What you will need:
- A representation of Egyptian God Osiris – a photograph, drawing or statue, or other symbol/ magickal correspondence that relates to him (you may print an image from the Internet if you do not have something); and a tealight or candle; and
- A representation of Egyptian Goddess Isis, however she speaks to you, or in whatever image that name speaks to you; and a tealight or candle; and
- A candle for the center of your altar, in a cauldron if you have one, but if not, any fire proof container or candle holder will do; and
- Black, white and/or gold are great colors should you choose to have a cloth for your altar or sacred space.
- Of course, feel free to embellish your sacred space with anything that speaks to you of Ostara, the Egyptians, spring, resurrection and growth!
What to do:
Prepare your altar space with your images of Osiris and Isis and their candles, on the right and left of your altar, respectively; place a candle in the center of your altar. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters.
Speak from your heart to call to Osiris into your space or you may say:
Hail Osiris! Great God of Egypt! God of Resurrection! God of the Dead!
We call to you this joyous Spring night, hear us! Hear us oh Great King!
Oh great God of the Underworld, you who are quiet as death upon the pyre,
From our breath to your breath, we call to you, we resurrect you this eve,
Join us tonight from the Afterlife, cross the veil, set sail and join us on the DayBark,
We seek to honor you this day, you who fertilizes the soil with the decay of the dead,
You who nourishes and waters our crop, causing our grain to grow,
We resurrect you this night, with the aid of your sisters,
We ask you in return to continue to nourish our crops,
Help our crops to grow lush in the fields, so that our harvest is bountiful
and our life is full of prosperous bounty.
We seek transmutation and regeneration of our own lives, gently releasing that which no longer serves into the soil as fertilizer for our own crop and soul,
Transforming all that we release into new growth in our lives and on our soul’s journey.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us, oh mighty Osiris!
Let us hearken to your tale on this blessed Ostara night!
Hail and welcome!
Light his candle.
Speak from your heart to call the Isis into your space or you may say:
Hail Isis! Queen of Queens! Mother to All! Queen of the Nile!
We call to you this joyous Spring night, hear us! Hear us oh Mighty Isis!
Lend your magick and power to ours this blessed Ostara night!
Join hands with us, and with your power matched to ours, and with your Will matched to our Will, we shall resurrect your dear husband Osiris,
Hand-in-hand, we shall search this earth for his broken body, bringing all of him back together with our love, resurrecting his body, bringing new life to him,
We will make fast this task of redemption with your aid,
As surely as we resurrect Osiris, through our own act of power, we also resurrect, make whole and bring new life to our own lives.
We bow to you, great Queen, we honor you, just as we honor the light, growth, power and magick within ourselves.
We see our own divinity within, anew, through your eyes.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us, oh mighty Osiris!
Let us hearken to your tale on this blessed Ostara night!
Hail and welcome!
Light her candle.
Call on the power of their union:
Oh Mighty Isis and great God Osiris!
Join together with me this Ostara night to make this Act of Power.
I call on you to bring your power.
Bring your powers of healing.
Bring your powers of transformation.
Bring your powers of rebirth.
Gently share them with me tonight, as I seek my own healing, my own transformation and my own rebirth, just as tonight I honor your journey through the ages.
I seek your messages. Walk with me, be with me, commune with me.
In return I share my love with you tonight,
For the good of all and harm to none,
As I will it, so shall the Universe fulfill it.
Light candle in the center of your altar.
Watch the candle flame grow, flicker and move. As you feel their presence grow within your circle, and feel their power merge within your circle, know that you may commune with Osiris & Isis. You may see, feel, hear or know their presence and their messages for you. If you like, you may enter into a meditation or journey to commune with them in that way, perhaps journeying to meet them for deeper contemplation.
As you sit in communion with them on this blessed night, you might ponder and journal…
- As we turn the Wheel of the Year at the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara by the Norse, what does this time of new birth and new growth mean to you and for your life and your soul’s journey?
- What aid to you seek from Isis and Osiris? What love to you share with them tonight? How does their story speak to your own life, your own soul’s journey?
- How do you seek transformation and resurrection in your own life? How can you act to heal yourself and your journey in the physical world? How can you gather the parts and make them whole in your own life? What can you release for new growth? And what seeds do you plant in your own life and for your soul?
You may speak words of love and gratitude to Osiris & Isis or spend time in quiet meditation with them. Be aware of any impressions or messages you receive during this time. When you feel you are finished, thank Isis and Osiris for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then, close your space according to your preference. Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.
Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Ostara on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you may also access our private Ostara event page from there); and Ostara Ritual & Salon event page!
This ritual was adapted and/or written by Shea Morgan and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at email@example.com; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission.
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