Imbolc Ritual

So we have officially one every sabbat over the course of the year! Yes, this blog has been going for a year now! So I figured this year I would post a ritual for the sabbats. I’ve been thinking about maybe creating some rituals for you guys but today I have one from the internet (that I will include any modifications I think are needed for the low-budget wiccan). If you’d be interested in some original rituals from me let me know in the comments.

What you need

  • Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this) Don’t worry about the colours if this is not what you have
  • Something to light your candles with
  • A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
  • Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron

Ritual directions

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won’t slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:

Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.
In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

Light the second candle, saying:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the third candle. Say:

This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.
That which is outside, shall stay without.
That which is inside, shall stay within.

Light the fourth candle. Say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the fifth candle, saying:

Like fire, light and love will always grow.
Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

Light the sixth candle, and say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.

Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun,
cover me in your shining light.
I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am
made pure.

Take a few moments and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damaged.

When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.

Here is the link to the original site if you’d like to see the history behind the ritual.

Thank you for checking out my blog! What do you do to celebrate Imbolc? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be.

Wheel of the Year: Imbolc

I promise skipping Saturday’s isn’t going to become a trend. I was in the states this weekend doing a photoshoot dance troupe.

The second holiday of the year is Imbolc which is February 2nd, Groundhog day. This is about the goddess as the crone changing to the maiden. It is the Goddess’ season for growth and renewal. Now is also the time where the God begins to mature into a man.

We are now celebrating the first signs of spring. It is customary to go for a walk to see the first signs of spring (the first sprouting of leaves, depending on where you live maybe some flowers). Another tradition is to light every lamp in the house, even if only for a few minutes. Another option is to light a candle. This is to celebrate the rebirth of the god. Now is also the time for spring cleaning. Since everything is coming out of hibernation to start new beginnings it is good for us to do this too by getting rid of the things we no longer need. Also you can take the time to bless the seeds you are going to plant later in the year. You can also start an indoor magical herb garden. 

Goddesses that are typically celebrated this sabbat: Brigid (celtic), Venus (roman), Aphrodite (greek), Hestia (greek), Vesta (roman), Bast (egyptian),  Inanna (sumerian), Gaia (greek), Athena (greek), Artemis (greek).

When it comes to Gods Pan (greek) would be a pretty standard one to worship this time of year.

Like with every sabbat it is customary to do a ritual to worship the gods and goddesses. Now is also a good time to do divination to see what your year has in store along with any magick you’d like to do especially for new beginnings.

Please leave in the comments how you plan to celebrate Imbolc this year! Merry Meet and Blessed Be!