Imbloc (Candlemass, Imblog, Imbole) – February 2nd

Pronounced: EE-Molc
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red

This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).

This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.

To read the rest of this fastening article please click on this link: http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/imbolc.asp

It is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and make way for Spring. It is the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun and we may visualize the baby sun nursing from the Goddess’s breast. It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery. If you can make it with your hands, Brigid rules it. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects. This is a time for communing with her, and tending the lighting of her sacred flame. At this time of year, Wiccans will light multiple candles, white for Brigid, for the god usually yellow or red, to remind us of the passing of winter and the entrance into spring, the time of the Sun. This is a good time for initiations, be they into covens or self-initiations.

The Celtic Hearth Goddess Brighid

Brighid was a Celtic hearth goddess who is still celebrated today in many parts of Europe and the British Isles. She is honored primarily at Imbolc, on February 2, and is a goddess who represents the homefires and domesticity of family life. Be sure to read our collection of articles related to this powerful triune goddess.
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Who Is Goddess, What Is Goddess – We Are Goddess

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Look and Know The Spiral She…

The Goddess that Spirals both from the inside out and from the outside in. She is Me and I am We. We are not just the Birther, The Nurturer.  She is the Warrior, I am the Sorceress, We are The Passion, The Creator and the Spirit. 

I am She, She is Me and I am We. 

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Brightest Blessings, SunRay Sorceress

 

This Amazon is famous in their traditions: her house or dairy of stone is yet extant; some of the inhabitants dwell in it all summer, though it be some hundred years old; the whole is built of stone, without any wood, lime, earth, or mortar to cement it, and is built in form of a circle pyramid-wise towards the top, having a vent in it, the fire being always in the centre of the floor; the stones are long and thin, which supplies the defect of wood; the body of this house contains not above nine persons sitting; there are three beds or low vaults that go off the side of the wall, a pillar betwixt each bed, which contains five men apiece; at the entry to one of these low vaults is a stone standing upon one end fix’d; upon this they say she ordinarily laid her helmet; there are two stones on the other side, upon which she is reported to have laid her sword: she is said to have been much addicted to hunting, and that in her time all the space betwixt this isle and that of Harries, was one continued tract of dry land.[21]

  • Martin Martin 1697

 


A List of Some of The Goddesses and Gods of Healing

Gods and Goddesses of Healing

Instead of copying and pasting all eighteen of the deities and their information I’m just going to give you the link to the article by Patti Wigington on About.com. When I did a general search on Google for “healing gods” a lot of possibilities came up but as I really like the way Ms Wigington presents stuff I choose to go with her article.

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/godsandgoddesses/ss/Gods-And-Goddesses-Of-Healing.htm

If you know the names of other Gods and/or Goddesses know for their healing abilities please post them in the comment section below. One goddess I was surprised not to see on her list is Kwan Yin, an oriental goddess known to help with depression and comforting people who call upon her.

God/Goddess Healing Ritual

For those of us who want to do something privately for Lady A or even someone else that needs healing, I found this relatively easy healing ritual by Patti Wigington on About.com. Here is the link if you want to check out the article or others on various subjects on the About.com’s website: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/a/God-Goddess-Healing-Ritual.htm (This article has not been changed in any way by myself, so any typos were already there.)

Updated May 01, 2016.

This ritual is one which can be done on behalf of an ill friend or family member. They do not have to be present for you to do this ritual. In many traditions it is customary to at least ask permission before doing healing (or any other sort of) magic. However, it is often acceptable to assume you have implied permission – in other words, if you believe in good faith that the individual would want you to perform this rite on their behalf, then you may go ahead and do so without specifically asking for their approval in advance. Follow the guidelines of your own tradition’s belief system and ethical standards.

Keep in mind that someone who is terminally ill may not wish to live longer, and may instead be wishing for release from their pain. As a contrast, someone who is suffering from an acute illness rather than a long-term one may simply want to feel better immediately.

This ritual asks the goddess (or god) of your tradition to watch over the ailing individual and assist them with healing.

There are a number of different deities associated with healing, from a variety of different pantheons. If your particular flavor of Paganism doesn’t have a god or goddess of healing, consider using one of these:

Celtic:

Greek:

Norse:

Roman:

Egyptian:

Yoruba:

You will need the following items:

  • A small (votive or even tealight size) white candle to represent the individual for whom you are doing the ritual
  • Healing incense (loose blend) of allspice, bay, yarrow, apple blossoms, lemon balm, cinnamon
  • A candle in any color representing the god or goddess you wish to petition for assistance

Begin by casting a circle, if your tradition requires you to do so. Set up your altar as you normally would, placing the god/goddess candle behind the individual candle. In this sample ritual template, we will be using Brighid, but you should substitute the name of the deity upon whom you are calling when you perform this rite.

Say:

I call upon you, Brighid, in a time of need.
I ask your assistance and blessing, for one who is ailing.
[Name] is ill, and she needs your healing light.
I ask you to watch over her and give her strength,
Keep her safe from further illness, and protect her body and soul.
I ask you, great Brighid, to heal her in this time of sickness.

Place the loose incense blend on your brazier (or, if you don’t use a brazier for incense, use a charcoal disc in a bowl or plate) and light it. As the smoke begins to rise, envision your friend’s illness wafting away with the smoke.

Brighid, I ask you to take away [Name]’s illness,
Carry it out to the four winds, never to return.
To the north, take this illness away and replace it with health.
To the east, take this illness away, and replace it with strength.
To the south, take this illness away, and replace it with vitality.
To the west, take this illness away, and replace it with life.
Carry it away from [Name], Brighid, that it may scatter and be no more.

Light the candle representing the god or goddess.

Hail to you, powerful Brighid, I pay you tribute.
I honor you and ask this one small gift.
May your light and strength wash over [Name],
Supporting her in her this time of need.

Use the flame on the deity candle to light the smaller candle, representing your friend.

[Name], I light this candle in your honor tonight.
It is lit from the fires of Brighid, and she will watch over you.
She will guide you and heal you, and ease your suffering.
May Brighid continue to care for you and embrace you in her light.

Take a few moments to meditate on what you really wish for your friend. Once you have finished, allow the candles to burn out on their own if possible.

The Charge of the Goddess

 

Blessed be, and blessed are,The lovers of the Lady.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The Mother, Maiden, Crone.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who dance together.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who dance alone.
She’s been waiting, waiting.
She’s been waiting so long.
She’s been waiting for her children
To remember, to return.

The Charge of the Goddess is attributed to Doreen Valiente, a student of Gerarld Gardner. The poem, originally found in the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, is now loved by all wiccans as a statement of reverence for the Goddess and Nature. Valiente used materials from the Gospel of Aradia by Charles Leland (1901), and Aleister Crowley’s writings to compose the piece and it is commonly used to invoke the “Goddess” during Esbats and Sabbats. Other authors, such as Starhawk, have edited and added to the original Charge so you will see many different versions out there. Some contain all the original with added Starhawk material and some are just plain Valiente. Below I have a copy of the Starhawk adapted version melded with the original. Some Wiccans write their own Charge for ritual use whereas others choose to use a form of this Charge.

To read Starhawk’s material and Valiente please click on this link http://blessedbe.sugarbane.com/goddess.htm

Her Sacred Fires Ritual

My friend Tamilia has posted her version of the Her Sacred Fires Ritual that she did this past evening.  You can read her blog post at the following link:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2016/05/wayfaring-woman-honoring-hekate-in-the-rite-of-her-sacred-fires/

 

Wayfaring Woman’s Version of the Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Triple-formed representation of Hecate in marble; a Roman copy after an original of the Hellenistic period / Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Process to the ritual area. Ring bell three times.

Preparation

Anoint self with consecrated oil, and ground and center. Bring attention to this place and moment, setting aside all else for this time. When ready, gaze at the altar.

 

Temple Opening

Khernips

With clear water and purifying herbs, I cast out all unwanted influences.

Pick up the bowl of holy water and asperge the room and self, saying:

Hekas, hekas, este bebeloi!
Begone, begone, that which is profane!

Pause at the altar still holding the used khernips bowl. Carry the now impure bowl of khernips to a designated area away from the altar.

Here I stand, purified.

Pause.

 

Barley

With pearl-white barley I consecrate the altar.

Pick up the bowl of barley and strew its contents across the altar.

Barley-blessed altar stand firm, joining the Mortal and Immortal Realms!

Pause. Stand in the presence of the barley covered altar for a time.

Here I stand, barley-blessed.

Pause.

 

Fire

By the power of Hestia, the living flame, I ignite the holy fire and prepare the temple.

Pick up the lighter and light a white votive candle saying:

Fire, burn warm and radiant,
Be made godly for good sacrifice by blessed Hestia,
Whose delicate locks drip with soft oil.

Pause. Allow the glow of the flame to fill the room.

Here I stand, made holy by Hestia’s light.

Pause. Raise an opened bottle of wine.

To Hestia, I pour the first libation, for you own the first and last portion of every offering to the Deathless Gods.

Pour the wine.

Accept my offering. Be well disposed.

Declaration

Cleansed with khernips, consecrated with barley, and blessed with flame, the temple is open.

 

Prelude and Purpose

Place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats). 

Place incense onto the charcoal.

I am come to this sacred place to honor Hekate, Most Manifest Goddess! She offers many blessings, much wisdom, and great insight to those who seek her mysteries. The magic of liminality, the generative power of transformation, and the measured grace of transitions are hers. Hekate, to you I pray, hear me!

Raise your hands to the sky, palms open. Now bring your right arm to your side, palm facing downwards and invoke the Goddess.

 

Invocation

I invoke thee, Great Mistress of the Heaven, Earth and Sea,
By your mysteries of Night and Day,
By the Light of the Moon and the Shadow of the Sun
I invoke thee, Mistress of life, death and rebirth
Emerge now from the shadow realm to feed my soul and enlighten my mind,
Triple-formed Mistress of the three ways
I entreat thee, Key-bearing Mistress of the Nightwandering Souls
To bring forth your wisdom from amongst the stars
To bring down your starfire from the darkness between,
Creatrix of Light!
Goddess of the Shadow Realms! Light-bearing queen!
Whisper now your secrets!

Pour wine into the vessel.

 

Offerings to Mighty Hekate in Her Many Forms

Fire-bringer! Earthly-one! Queen of Heaven!
Many are your holy names.
I give you glory tonight in your many forms.

Trioditis & Chthonia – Oak (Quercus alba)

Khaire Hekate Trioditis, Lady of Crossroads! Khaire Hekate Chthonia, Lady of Earth!

It is Sophocles, long dead, who whispered of your power in liminal places where three roads meet. By his word, we know that you stand crowned in oak leaves at the crossroad – dread home of wandering spirits cloaked by night. By his word we know that you stand draped in coils of earth-loving serpents.

Hekate Trioditis, Hekate Chthonia, to you I offer oak, the holy tree whose leaves are your crown and whose bark has sympathy with the scales of serpents.

Accept my offering. Be well disposed.

Toss the oak into the vessel.

 

Propylaia & Kleidouchos – Wild Rue (Peganum harmala)

Khaire Hekate Propylaia, the One Before The Gate! Khaire Hekate Kleidouchos, Keeper of the Key!

With famed Deo and lovely Kore-Persephone, yours is Eleusis, the entrance to the initiatory Mysteries of life, death, and rebirth. Yours too are the gateways to the underworld and to the celestial abode. You keep and ward the gates between the worlds. So too do you hold the keys.

Hekate Propylaia, Hekate Kleidouchos, standing before the gates of my becoming holding the keys, to you I sacrifice wild rue, a potent herb that is both gate and key, known to those who pursue your mysteries.

Accept my offering. Be well disposed.

Toss the wild rue into the vessel!

 

Phosphorus & Soteira – Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Khaire Hekate Phosphoros, Light Bearer! Khaire Hekate Soteira, Saving One!

Light Bearer, I honor you as the blessed lady illuminating my path betwixt and between with twin torches in hand. Saving Goddess, crowned and enthroned, I celebrate you as the World Soul, holy aid in the mortal quest to know the faces of the gods and spirits.

To Hekate Phosphorus, to Hekate Soteira, I sacrifice mullein, a blessed plant whose dry leaves are torch bright when touched by flame.

Accept my offering. Be well disposed.

Toss the mullein into the vessel!

 

Divination

Ascertain whether the current offerings are acceptable to Hekate. Determine if more must be given and if so what it must be. Do as she asks immediately, making arrangements with her for additional offerings at another time if necessary.

 

Devotional Candle Lighting

Bright-coiffed Hekate, offerings of incense, wine, and sacred herbs have been gladly given. Bless me, Great Lady that I may thrive as an initiate of your mysteries.

Raise both hands with palms facing upwards to the heavens (three heartbeats) and then touch the altar palms downwards.

Focus. Stand before the red devotional candle for Hekate.

Hekate, companion and guide to the mysteries,
I light this sacred fire in your honor.

Light the fire.

May its light unite the stars and stones, the heavens and the earth!
With this fire I express my desire for a greater understanding of your mysteries.
Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui (3 times) Phobantia Semnē,
Great Hekate, who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life
Guide me through towards pathways of understanding.
From Crossroad to Crossroad,
The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,
Will always find one another.

 

Lifting the Cup

Fill the chalice with wine. Hold the filled cup aloft.

Hekate I feel you with me tonight, and I celebrate my connection to your other devotees through you. Bless this cup Great Titan and Queen. Infuse the contents with knowledge of you, understanding of the Mysteries, and no small measure of your grace.

Drink from the cup.

I have lit the sacred fires of devotion.
I have drank the cup of your might.
Hail Hekate! Hail Hekate! Hail Hekate!
I banish now the shadows of doubt from my mind,
Infused by the silence and warmth of our union
I feel your golden radiance within my heart,
And the glory of knowledge on my brow,
I am a devotee of your mysteries.

 

Farewell and Closing

Pick up the bottle of wine and hold it aloft.

Trioditis, Lady at the Crossroads!
Chthonia, Lady of Earth!
I thank you!

Pour a libation of wine.

Propylaia, the One Before The Gate!
Kleidouchos, the Keeper of the Keys!
I thank you!

Pour a libation of wine.

Phosphorus, Light Bearer!
Soteira, Saving One!
I thank you!

Pour a libation of wine.

Mighty Hekate, I thank you for hearing my call.
I thank you for drawing me closer to you on this holy night.

Pause, then raise the bottle of wine again.

To Hestia, I pour the final libation, for you own the first and last portion of every offering to the Deathless Gods.

Pour the wine, then set the bottle of wine down. Pause for a moment.

 

Temple Closing

Place both hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).

Open your palms reaching towards the heaven, then reach down and touch the altar saying:

This rite is ended and the temple is closed, but her sacred fires endure. Long may Hekate’s fires burn!

 Let the devotional flame to Hekate burn until it expires.

©05222016 Wolf Woman Ways

Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Rite of Her Sacred Fires 2015

Altar for the Rite of Her Sacred Fires 2015

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires is a ritual to honor the Triple Goddess of the Crossroads, Hecate.  This year the ritual falls on May 21st which is also the Full Moon!  People worldwide will be celebrating Hecate.  You can read more about how you can participate and it also has a ritual already written at the following link:

http://hekatecovenant.com/rite-of-her-sacred-fires/

©05042016 Wolf Woman Ways

 

Deities of the Spring Equinox

Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter. A number of different gods and goddesses from different pantheons are connected with the themes of Spring and Ostara. Lets take a look at some of the many deities associated with spring, rebirth, and new life each year.