No matter what the Groundhog says tomorrow, February 2 is also Imbolc (pronounced “Im-olk”) and that means Spring will soon be here. Also referred to as St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, or the Mid-Winter Festival of Lights, Imbolc is a stop on the Wheel of the Year that celebrates the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Even if snow might be falling tonight in the Northeast, the days are getting longer and nights shorter.
Imbolc crafts, decorations, recipes
See my previous articles on Imbolc: “Imbolc, festival of lights” for decorating ideas, crafts, what to eat, plus an awesome recipe for Hungarian Goulash. Also read “Easy vegan dinner for Imbolc” to see easy recipes for lentil stew, hemp salad and apple crisp.
Now that you know how to decorate, make a craft or two, and what meal to prepare, below is a ritual for Imbolc using a little of that snow from the “Blizzard of 2015” that fell last weekend. If you are fortunate enough to not have snow, use crushed ice instead.
Imbolc ritual for new beginnings
Wear white and/or lavender. Place one blue candle and one white candle on your altar, along with a Brigid’s cross (either make one or use a picture). Gather some snow from outside and place it around a pillar candle that is sitting in a bowl. Light the candle. Burn clove incense in a small cauldron or fire/heat proof shell. Hold the incense and snow candle, and walk through your home. In each room say,
“We welcome in the Goddess and the light. As we turn the wheel to Spring, help open my mind and life to new insight. Give me motivation, knowledge and success.”
Let the snow fully melt, then use it to water your plants. Let your ideas grow. Be open to new concepts. Accept advice. Work at what you want, and be thankful when it comes.
So mote it be.