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Imbolc- Feburary 2

Imbolc

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It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to light every lamp in the house-if only for a few moments. Or light candles in each room in honor of the suns rebirth. Alternately, light a kerosene lamp in the with a red chimney and place this in a prominent part of the home or in a Window. If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment, recalling the warmth of summer. With your projective hand, trace an image of the sun on the snow Foods appropriate to eat on this day include those from the dairy, since Imbolc marks the festival of calving. Sour cream dishes are fine. Spicy and full-bodied foods in honor of the Sun are equally attuned. Curries and all dishes made with peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, or chives are appropriate. Spiced wines and dishes containing raisins-all foods symbolic of the Sun-are also traditional.

Imbolc Ritual

A symbol of the season, such as a representation of a snowflake, a white flower, or perhaps some snow in a crystal container can be placed on the altar. An orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil, unlit, should also be there. Snow can be melted and used for the water during the circle casting. Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle.

Recite the Blessing Chant

Invoke the Goddess and God

Say such words as the following: This is the time of the feast of tourches, when every lamp blazes and shines to welcome the rebirth of the God. I celebrate the Goddess, I celebrate the God; All the Earth celebrates Beneath its mantle of sleep.

Light the orange taper from the red/altar 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 envelops the earth. But Lord of the Sun, Horned one of animals and wild places, Unseen you have been reborn of the gracious Mother Goddess, Lady of all fertility. Hail Great God! Hail and welcome! Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at it's flame. Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength. If you need to look into the future or past, now is an ideal time.

Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the simple feast or cakes and ale ritual.

Clear the circle.

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