I almost forgot about this!!!! I know it's February 1st, but being buried up to my witch's tit's in snow, it's hard to think of spring!!!!
Deities of Imbolc:
All Virgin/Maiden Goddesses, Brighid, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Gaia, and Februa, and Gods of Love and Fertility, Aengus Og, Eros, and Februus.
Symbolism of Imbolc:
Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, The Re-Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
Symbols of Imbolc:
Brideo'gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid's Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs.
Herbs of Imbolc:
Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
Foods of Imbolc:
Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.
Incense of Imbolc:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.
Colors of Imbolc:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown.
Stones of Imbolc:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.
My ceremonies is the same every year. I take the Acorns I gathered in the fall, and place them in my cauldron and burn them... usually do this outside.... and after they finish burning, I peer into the cauldron and see if the ash's left any symbols for me to interpret!
Will I be able to do it this year? I'm NOT going out in the snow to burn ANYTHING!!! So maybe I'll settle for making a corn dolly, and raising praise for a good crop of veggies this year!
Wiccan Sabbat of Imbolc - Celebrate Imbolc with these Spells and rituals to celebrate the reawakening of the earth and to manifest desires. The Wiccan Festival of Imbolc is time of renewal!
•A white cloth left outside on the Eve of Imbolc may be brought inside in the morning having been blessed by the Goddess.
•Lighting many white candles to celebrate the strengthening light of the season.
•Suitable Wiccan Incenses to burn at Imbolc include lavender, cinnamon, basil, frankincense and myrrh. Open windows for a few minutes to air the home, and then allow the fragrant smoke to permeate the home. The cleansing smoke will quicken the mood of all those that experience it, and this atmosphere of renewal will remain long after the smoke has dispersed.
•Drinking fresh milk from a magical chalice. Traditionally animals began to provide much needed fresh milk around Imbolc, a very welcome and practical sign of the renewal of the wheel of the year!
Wiccan Sabbat of Imbolc is a Time to Tidy and to Set Things in Order
•Spring clean the home, focusing especially on sacred and special spaces such as a Wiccan Home Altar.
•As well as tidying home, it is a good time to sort out any outstanding matters such as returning borrowed items, replying to neglected friends and family members and offering simple acts of kindness.
•Imbolc is a good time to begin inner spiritual work, perhaps by beginning a program of meditation or learning new magical skills.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Posted by Judith at 6:32 PM