Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Free Imbolc/Candlemas Ideas

Celebrated on February 2, Imbolc, known also as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day, is a time to acknowledge our individual gifts and feed our talents with supportive action. Brigid is the Goddess of fire, inspiration and sacred wells. She also represents the triple aspects of poetry, smithcraft and healing.Imbolc is connected to the powerful new life awakening in the depths of the earth and thus also represents the rebirth and upsurge in personal power. Here we sit with energy building and yet no form. The dark night of the soul is a safe place to be, as it purifies and stills the monkey mind. This is a necessary process before great expressions can manifest. Now we plant seeds of inspiration, acknowledge first light, invoke patience, find virtue in perseverance, and inspire others.
This year me and the boys are going to roll red and white bees wax candles with essential oils dripped inside for a specific intent or wish. When we light these candles thinking about our desire, the oils will give our intention additional power!
Other traditions that you can do to celebrate this sabbat include sweeping out the old, making grain dollies, candle wheels or sun wheels, collecting stone for magical purposes and sharing creative work. Now is the time to visualize life flourishing with abundance, creativity and renewed strength.
Symbols of the holiday are seeds, wells, and fire. Herbs for this sabbat include angelica, basil, bay, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, orris root, saffron, red nettle, rosemary, rowan, saffron. Imbolc reminds me of the darkest time before great light. Focus ont eh growing light, the seeds you are bringing forth that will blossom in perfect time, with great abundance and joy.

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