I mentioned in my last post that I had an Imbolc ritual that I would share with you. I have done this ritual with a friend of mine. It is perfect for a solitary witch and I am sure it can be adjusted for a coven.
I took inspiration from a ritual I found in a book that I have (unfortunately I can’t remember which one) so some part might seem familiar. Feel free to use any parts of the ritual you would like, after all without allowing the sharing of knowledge we might not have rituals we have today.
This is a simple ritual to be done on the evening of Imbolc. There is no meditation in this ritual but one can be added and I will note where I believe one would fit best.
Items needed for this ritual (if you follow all examples):
One white Goddess candle
One yellow God candle
One red candle for Brigid
Charcoal block (if not using stick or cone incense)
Incense for the Sabbat or your favorite one
Four quarter candles
Setup your altar as you wish. Setup area where you will be having the ritual as you wish. Perform whichever ritual cleansing you prefer. Light charcoal block if you are using one for the incense.
Cast your circle as you normally would. When you sealed the circle say:
Calling of the Quarters
I call upon the guardian of the east, powers of air, and the mighty Griffin. Bring with you the first breaths of spring. I ask that you attend my rite and offer your aid and protection. (light east candle)
I call upon the guardian of the north, powers of earth, and the mighty Bear. Bring with you the strength of the warming land. I ask that you attend my rite and offer your aid and protection. (light north candle)
Invocation of the Goddess and the God.
Goddess of rebirth,
God of Love and Protection.
At this time I included a short bit about Imbolc and the lighting of the candle for Brigid.
Imbolc is the time with the Goddess is turning the wheel of the year back toward spring. The sun grows warmer, as the days grow longer and the nights shorter. Signs of spring begin to appear as the tiny shoots of the first flowers begin to emerge from the winter harden soil. Trees begin to awaken with new branches and full buds waiting to open.
Imbolc is also a time of purification, a time for cleansing hearth and home from all the past energies and making way for new possibilities and happiness. The besom cleans the mire from the floors of our houses so may our daily activities clean the mire from our lives.
*when I did this ritual I also had seeds set out that I was planning on planting for my garden. Here is what I said.
Goddess Brigid. I also ask your blessing be upon these seeds that they may grow in to strong plants and yield a wonderful bounty. (place the seeds at the base of the red candle for the remainder of the ritual)
Now would be a good time for a meditation if you desire.
Night gives way before the growing God.
Cakes and Ale
Farewell to the deities and the elements.
Goddess of the brightening day.
God of the growing and wild things.
Guardian of the north, powers of earth, and the mighty Bear, I thank you for your presence and protection during my rite.
Guardian of the west, powers of water, and the great Dragon, I thank you for your presence and protection during my rite.
Guardian of the south, powers of fire, and the majestic Phoenix, I thank you for your presence and protection during my rite.
Guardian of the east, powers of air, and the mighty Griffin, I thank you for your presence and protection during my rite.
Release the circle.
The circle is open but yet unbroken.
I hope that you find this ritual as wonderful as I did when I did it.
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