Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

The seven candles in this ritual represent various aspects of both the seasons and the human existence. Several symbolize the light that emerges as winter finally comes to an end, and another represents the purifying warmth of the hearth fires. One candle is symbolic of the barrier between the positive and negative in your life; a boundary of sorts between our world and the next. Another stands in for the magic of wisdom and inspiration, and for the light that comes into our lives when we experience love.

If you’re a solitary practitioner, don’t worry! This is a ritual you can perform all by yourself. Although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group by assigning each participant their own candle, or candles, to light and take charge of.

For the actual ritual click here Imbolc/Candlemas Solitary Ritual

Imbolic 2017 is on Thursday, February 2, 2017: Imbolic Question?

Thursday, February 2, 2017 is Imbolic 2017. Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.

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Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.

Groundhog Day and Candlemas-USA

You might be wondering why I posted this. If you either read to the point of how Groundhog day got started or just scroll down to it you will see it tied into Candlemas/Imbolc.

Groundhog sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter

There will be six more weeks of winter, according to America’s favorite groundhog.

Every Feb. 2, the marmot known as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in western Pennsylvania and looks to the ground for his shadow — marking the annual celebration of Groundhog Day.

A local morning weather story, an excuse to relive the comedic Bill Murray cinematic classic, a legendary way to get your predictions around the start of spring — Groundhog Day is all of these things and more. While many look forward to and enjoy Phil’s February appearance, others are unsure what the prediction fuss is all about.

Get the information you need on Groundhog Day with answers to these frequently asked questions:

When did Groundhog Day start?

Groundhog Day stems from an ancient European celebration of Candlemas. A midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, legend has it that fair weather on Candlemas predicated a stormy and cold second half to winter. The celebration transformed in America, where Pennsylvania Germans incorporated the groundhog into the meteorologic prognostication

Where did Punxsutawney Phil get his name?

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, after which Phil is named.

How many Punxsutawney Phil groundhogs have there been?

While the lifespan of a groundhog is roughly six years, those in the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle lightheartedly claim there is only one Phil, and all other groundhogs are impostors. It is also claimed that one groundhog has lived since 1886 — sustained by a drink of “groundhog punch.” It is unknown how many groundhogs have actually played Phil.

What happens if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow?

If the groundhog sees his shadow, legend has it there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, this implies an early spring.

How many times has Punxsutawney Phil seen his shadow?

Since 1887, the groundhog has seen his shadow 102 times — forecasting a longer winter — and not seen it 18 times.

How “right” is Phil?

Since 1988, the groundhog correctly predicted the weather 14 times and incorrectly 15 times. This is determined based on cross-referencing Phil’s prediction with the national average temperature for the remainder of February.

RELATED: Groundhog Day through the years

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Imbolc / Candlemas February 1-2

Imbolc, in the Celtic seasonal calendar marked the beginning of the lambing season and signaled the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. It is Feile Brighde, the ‘quickening of the year’. The original word Imbolg means ‘in the belly’, and therein you have the underlying energy. All is pregnant and expectant – and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a ‘just-showing’ pregnancy. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Here is hope. We welcome the growth of the returning light and witness Life’s insatiable appetite for rebirth.

It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle. (‘Spring cleaning was originally a nature ritual’ – Doreen Valiente). it’s a good time for wish-making or making a dedication.

To read the rest of this article click on this link : https://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/imbolc_candlemas

Imbolc Lore

Imbolc, (pronounced “IM-bulk” or “EM-bowlk”), also called Oimealg, (“IM-mol’g), by the Druids, is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc” which means “ewes milk”. Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. Brighid’s snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Ground Hog Day), and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth.

The Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on this Sabbat. Straw Brideo’gas (corn dollies) are created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo’gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid’s Crosses are fashioned from wheat stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and prosperity in the coming year. Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun.

To finish reading this article click on the link : https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm

Ritual for Imbolc Gathering on Monday, February 1, 2016

For information on when and where the ritual is taking place see post further down this page.

Items Needed

1 ribbon any spring color 20 inches or 50 cm long and, at least a half an inch or 1 cm wide If you do not have time to get the ribbons use strips of paper and then as soon as you can replace the paper with ribbons. Pieces of clear tape to tape paper to planter or wherever and to attach the natural object to the paper.

 
1 permanent marker-white or any brightly colored marker
2 natural items that can easily be tied into the ribbon and will not slip out of the knot holding it (examples shells or feathers or trees sprigs or sturdy flowers or flat stone)
1 Small planter ready to plant seeds of your choice in – OPTIONAL

A few Seeds of Your Choice – OPTIONAL

1 white candle
A drum or use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon or your hand
 
A tasty treat to eat after the blessings
Before Ritual Discussion – Starts at 6:00 PM CT
High Priestess Streggga – Imbolc has arrived and out of the darkness of the winter solstice.  Imbolcs hope for the future is essential -it is a very turning of the wheel and the life force itself . This ritual is  to celebrate Imbloc the beginning of spring. Our intention today is to invoke blessings for the year that’s unfolding
Imbloc arrives with the realization that winter will come to an end and is traditionally associated with the lambs and the first Snow Drop flower. it symbolizes hope, wishes, and all new beginning’s. -Open discussion about this Festival of youth and growth.
At 6:14 PM CT one minute to Circle Time – Let’s take a minute to ground ourselves.
(Ground and think about your growth) hold that thought and lets began!
H.P. Stregga and the rest of the Coven Life staff wish to thank you Sisters  and Brothers for coming. The circle will now be cast.
Lady Beltane: I cast this circle with the Sun God and Mother Earth. The Earth we stand on is now a sacred space out of time and place with any physical plain. This circle will protect all within it and keep out anything that would harm us.
Las Belane – Northeast – Imbolc,  stirrings of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Ms Dani – East     winds bringing fresh air and change
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch –  Southeast   sap rising, stirred by the sun
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – South    warming sun, promise of light lengthening
 SunRay – Southwest – Seeds that are  sprouting that will become grains and crops
SunRay – West      Rains, feeding life
 Lady Beltane –  Northwest    pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
Lady Beltane – North    renewal of the earth, as life awakens
All Attending – Above and below
H.P. Stregga – Introduction to the Imbolc
Imbolc is the festival opposite to and balancing the Lammas.  the agricultural themes of growth and death especially in the lifecycle of seeds this is the season of youth the birth of animals -the hatching of birds -sprouting of new plant life and the renewal of plants that been dormant through the winter.
(What does it mean to you) moment of discussion:
Grab your drums and let’s chant
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above

Chant to yourself

Breathing in, singing out
Birth  of new we bring about
Singing out, breathing in
Live the dream, Let the change begin
Blessing of the Ribbons
Taking your own ribbon write a blessing/wish -what you would like to see come true for this new year ?  Now tie that ribbon around the planter you brought or tree or anything that will be a daily reminder (you can even tape it to your bathroom mirror if you do not have a planter or anything else to tie it to) for you look at your blessing call upon your blessing and manifest your dreams and your desires and watch the new beginning of your life take place (You can do this with as many pieces of ribbon you want to tomorrow on Imbolc.
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above
Everyone share one blessing you asked for please.
Everyone responds “Blessed Be” after each person shares their blessing.
(Blessing from Stregga and any other High Priestess or Elder of the coven)
Closing the circle;
Below and Above
Lady Beltane – North    Renewal  of the earth, as life awakens
Lady Beltane  – Northwest   Pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
SunRay – West    Rains,  feeding the growth of life
 SunRay – Southwest    Seeds  that are sprouting, that will become grain and crops
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch – South   Warming  of the sun, promise of light lengthening
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – Southeast   Sap rising, stirred by the sun
Ms Dani – East     Winds bringing in fresh air and change
 Lday Beltane – Northeast    Imbolc, this games of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Lady Beltane – The circle is open but remains unbroken may the Gods and Goddesses bless each of us as we go our seperate ways. I return you to our physical plain and time.
H.P. Stregga -Thank you all for attending this ritual it is my hope and desire you all have what you wish for – may your new year be full of love and New life – may you bring forth all those beautiful things that you yourself have the power to manifest – may you strive this year to plant new seeds and may your fruit grow- may your life be full of happiness thank you for allowing me to be part of this gathering in this beautiful Coven. May you be blessed merry part until we merry meet again and so it it!    Mote it be!!!
Now take your cake and eat of it, remember to take some outside as an offering.
Copyright 2016 High Priestess Elder Stregga