Imbolc Blessings

Looking out my window, it doesn’t much look like the beginning of Spring. Snow continues to fall from the skies, and the ground is blanketed by the icy, white flakes. But, tomorrow does indeed mark the halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox…the beginning of spring…Imbolc.

Imbolc Altar

On February 1, at sundown, I will begin my Imbolc celebrations, and continue throughout the day on Sunday, February 2. I’ve got my Brighid’s Cross made, and am setting up my altar with green and brown candles; amethyst, bloodstone, garnet and onyx stones; incense of basil, bay, Angelica and myrrh; and white and yellow flowers. I’ll be spring cleaning tomorrow morning, and will have my besom by the front door, to sweep out the old and usher in the new. Then, I’ll prepare my offerings of milk (coconut milk will have to do), scones and spiced wine.

Now, many of you, who know a bit about my background, may wonder why a non-Wiccan would go through all the trouble of ritualizing Imbolc. Although I no longer consider myself Wiccan, I do have Celtic blood running through my veins, and the only coven I was traditionally initiated into was a Wiccan coven. For me, there is heritage there…blood, tradition, respect. I would never choose one side of my heritage over another. I choose to celebrate them all.

When I begin working with a new student in witchcraft, I always start them out in the traditional Wiccan practices. In my opinion Wicca is pure…safe. Learning the Wiccan ways tends to keep my new witches out of trouble. I teach them the Wiccan Rede, gods and goddesses, moon phases, and all of the holidays and sabbats.

Brighid’s Cross

So, now that you know why and how I celebrate Imbolc, we can explore what this sabbat represents.

Imbolc means “in the belly of the Mother”. It is also known as Oimelc, Candlemas and St. Brigit’s Day. On Imbolc, we honor the Celtic Fire Goddess, Brigit, patron of healing, midwifery, poetry and smith-craft. We celebrate the Maiden, as it is now her season to prepare for emergence from the darkness of winter. Traditionally, Brighid’s Crosses are made wheat stalks, to represent protection and prosperity in the year ahead. At this time, hearth fires are extinguished and then relit, while candles are lit around the home, honoring the rebirth of the sun. Besoms are placed near the front door of a home to sweep out the darkness of winter and issue in the blessings of spring.

Imbolc symbolizes a time of growth, fertility and renewal. It is a wonderful time for the plans and ideas you’ve created in the winter season, to begin to be birthed. If you haven’t already rid yourself of negative energies, or damaging emotions, thoughts, or people, now is the time to remove them from your life. Focus your magick on healing, recovery and moving forward into the light and promise of spring.

Symbols of Imbolc: White and Yellow flowers, Besoms, Candle Wheels, Acorn-tipped Wands, and Brighid’s Crosses

Herbs: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Violets

Incense: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cinnamon, Violet, Myrrh, Vanilla

Colors: White, pink, red, yellow, green, brown

Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise

Foods: Breads, Dairy, Garlic, Seeds, Baked Goods, Herbal Tea, Spiced Wine

Symbols of Imbolc

Imbolc Blessings to you! May you feel re-energized and refreshed as we look ahead to the birth of spring. I wish you fertility in all that you seek to manifest in your life. Wake from your winter slumber and flourish!

Ready To Take A Bite Out of 2020!

So, are y’all ready for 2020? I know I am! This year brings new opportunities and blessings. I am ready to overcome it’s challenges and manifest the lifestyle I desire!

Often in life, we find ourselves settling for less, changing ourselves for others, and putting our needs and wants aside as we give to everyone else. I’ve decided I no longer want to do those things. The funny thing about giving too much to others is that they continue to take…and take…and take…without giving very much back. Truth is, there are far more narcissists in the world than I’ve ever seen before. I’m done dealing with these people…and you should be too.

Working face to face with clients and friends last year really opened my eyes. I witnessed women, who had been emotionally, and in some cases physically, abused by their husbands or boyfriends, actually want me to help them reunite with these narcissistic losers. Aw, hell no! Instead, I helped them to realize their own self worth and strength. It’s not a one-Spell-and-done endeavor. That kind of magick takes months of work to manifest. Years of abuse and negativity take a long time to overcome.

In working with clients, I’ve also discovered many people are wandering around, believing they’re the latest metaphysical buzzword “Empath”, when in reality they’re simply around a lot of very negative people, repeating the same bad life choices over and over again. Until they break the cycle by making different choices, they will never be able to empower themselves to manifest a positive life.

Because of my enlightenment, in 2020, I have decided to focus my magick on empowering the feminine. All of my products and services will be geared for anyone ready to celebrate The divine feminine, goddess energy. It’s going to be all goddess….all the time!

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Right now, I am busy crafting new products for the biggest shop updates ever. I will be streamlining and updating Magickal Healing Store over the next few weeks. Many of the kits will no longer be available. But, I will be releasing new kits and replenishing the “Empath Protection” Kit. The new kits will be created to support specific health and emotional issues. So, if you’ve been eyeing a particular kit, you might want to snap it up before it goes away. There will also be new candles, perfume oils, ritual bath products and a few surprises.

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I’ll also be hosting a grand opening of my new Ritual Arts Atelier Etsy shop. This shop was created for all who manifest magick. In it, I’ll have Spell kits, hoodoo oils, ritual supplies, downloadable Book of Shadow pages, gothic objects d’art, and so much more witchy goodness. I’ll announce here and on social media as soon as the update goes live.

This year is going to be phenomenal! In addition to the two shops, I’m also planning to do a few craft and oddities fairs. When I finish my schedule, I’ll put my calendar up in the side bar and on my social media posts. If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you! And, later this year, I’ll be doing some online and in-person workshops. I’ll get you the dates on those too.

If you’re in the area of Algonquin, Illinois, I do take appointments for metaphysical healing and home cleansing. Just email me to discuss. I also offer one-on one or small group witchcraft lessons. If you’re interested, email me for prices and courses offered.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy year, filled with blessings! I wish you all a happy new year filled with joy and abundance!