Sunday, February 3, 2013

Imbolc 2013

Our beautiful lit February Eve altar.

Today I celebrated Imbolc with my Circle.  While I typically write and lead rituals, I encouraged some of the group members to step in.  Alex's ritual was beautifully written and I wanted to share how she planned out the night.


It began with a beautiful dinner.  Everyone participated in making it grand.  From left to right around the table, here's who brought what:

Stacey made braided bread (with honey butter made by Nickey).
Ben made spiced apple cider and wine.
I made lemon and ginger root chicken.
Rosa made candied carrots.
Alex made Elixir of Brighid (warm milk, vanilla and honey).
Nickey made curry and rice.


We then made Brighid's Crosses with Alex's guidance.


Finally, we went to the circle area and began the ritual.  There were two major parts to Alex's ritual.  The first was illuminating the cauldron.  This involved setting seven candles in soil, lighting each candle as a symbol of something pertaining to Imbolc, and then meditating on cleansing yourself.



The second part involved healing water that cleansed the spirit.  For this, I purified some water on the recent full moon.  I then put them in jars, added lemon juice and blessed them with a ribbon.



A tradition that I brought to the table was leaving the lights on for the entirety of Imbolc.  When Alex and Rosa got here, I had just woken up, so we ran around the house turning on every light we could find with a child-like excitement.



And that was our 2013 Imbolc celebration!  I leave you with one of the quotes Alex used in her ritual:


“You're different. You're more perfect. Time is three things for most people, but for you, for us, just one. A singularity. One moment. This moment. Like you're the center of the clock, the axis on which the hands turn. Time moves about you but never moves you. It has lost its ability to affect you. What is it they say? That time is theft? But not for you. Close your eyes and you can start all over again. Conjure up that necessary emotion, fresh as roses.”
Jonathan Nolan, Memento Mori




6 comments:

  1. Can I ask why you choose to light 7 candles? Or what 7 things they symbolized (if you can remember them)?
    I love reading these :)

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    1. I actually don't remember, I'm sorry! I resigned as Circle Coordinator, so I no longer have the materials to that ritual. However, I'm certain I'll have a new ritual for Imbolc next year and will post the details to that one when it comes!

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    2. Thanks for answering! :) I just ask because Tangled is one of my Imbolc movies (with the themes of light & healing, etc.) and there seem to be a lot of 7's in the imagery in it- I was wondering if it was coincidence or if it symbolized something. I guess I'll have to keep looking into that...
      I really love reading your blog, btw!

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    3. Not a problem! Thank you for reading!

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