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!

Best Yule Gifts For Witches

To be honest, this is NOT my favorite time of year. You can call me Scrooge or The Grinch; but, I find it a bit too hectic and draining of my energy. I can’t help think that it was never supposed to be this way. All the commercialism, gift buying, family drama, or for many people, loneliness, can completely ruined the holiday season.

For many of us non-Christians, we can also feel resentful about the obligation to participate in Christmas themed activities. This time of year, it’s impossible not to be inundated with reminders that we are the minority.

But, as a small business owner, I’d be stupid if I didn’t at least try to capitalize on the fervor created by the holidays. After all, everyone enjoys a nice gift, even witches.

Me shopping local small businesses at Historic Woodstock Square.

I encourage you to shop small business as much as possible. Most small business owners truly appreciate your support, especially around the holidays.

Here are some of my favorite witchy small businesses:

http://Etsy.com/shop/DarkHollowApothecary

http://thesanctuarycandleco.com

Http://magickalhealingstore.com

http://renfieldsattic.etsy.com

Etsy Shops: Dark Sparkle Designs, Kazan Cauldron, Wendy Wildcraft, Charisma Crystals, Ruby Starling, The Gilded Crystal Shop, Hammerthreads, Ravenesk, MalikaMorbid

My book makes a great gift for any witch! LOL!

Books also make great gifts. Most of the witches I hang with are voracious readers. Here are some of my favorites:

The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire: Glamour Spells & Rituals To Attract Love, Boost Beauty and Build Confidence

The Good Witch’s Guide

Wiccapedia

The Crystal Witch

The Witch’s Way

Oracle Cards, Crystals, Tools and more:

Magick of You Oracle

Altar Cauldron

Mini Candles

Altar Cloth

Selenite Wands

Chakra Crystals

I hope this list helps you to find the best gift for the witch in your life. You can click on any link, and it will take you right to the site or item.*

Just remember, if the holidays leave you frazzled, lonely, or feeling negative in any way, you are not alone. I encourage you to celebrate the holiday you’re most drawn to; or, no holiday at all, if you prefer. Don’t feel pressured to conform to the majority. Educate others about your beliefs, Sabbats, and traditions. I think you might be surprised at how receptive and accommodating people can be. If you think about it, they probably feel the same way about Halloween, when we’re all getting our freak on and celebrating. LOL!

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