Imbolc – February 2nd
This is one of the four fire festivals it celebrates the first signs of spring, this is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, the first sprouting of leaves and the sprouting of the Crocus flowers. It is the day that we celebrate the passing of winter and make way for spring and the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun.
It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid, Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Midwifery. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects.
At this time of year, Wiccans will light multiple candles, white for Brigid, yellow or red for the God this is to remind us of the passing of winter and the entrance into spring, the time of the Sun.
It is also a festival of light and of fertility, once marked in Europe with huge blazes, torches and fire in every form. Fire here represents our own illumination and inspiration as much as light and warmth.
Imbolc is also known as Feast of Torches, Waxing Light, Brighid’s Day, and probably by many other names.
It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to light every lamp in the house or turn on every light if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honour of the Sun’s rebirth.
Ritual for Imbolc.
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red
Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Bloodstone, Onyx, Amethyst
Supplies: white flowers, an orange candle anointed with cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil (unlit), red candle to represent the elements, and your ritual supplies.
Arrange your altar, light the candles and cast your Circle.
Invoke the Goddess and God you can say such words like the following.
This is the time of the feast of torches, when every lamp blazes and shines to welcome the rebirth of the God. I celebrate the Goddess. I celebrate the God.
Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar. Slowly walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you.
Say these or similar words:
All the land is wrapped in winter, the air is chilled and frost envelopes the earth.
Lord of the Sun the horned one of animals and wild places unseen, you have been reborn of the gracious mother goddess of all fertility, Hail great god, Hail and welcome.
Stop before the altar, holding the candle and gaze at its flame then visualize your life filled with renewed energy and strength.
If you feel the need to look into the future, now is a good time. Spell work or magic may follow. Then celebrate with a simple feast, when your finished remember to thank the Goddess and God and then close your circle.
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