Merry Meet my friends! Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Imbolc is just a few days away. As I have posted here, I have been busy with my cleaning and organizing and getting ready to invite the Celtic Goddess Brighid into our home and to celebrate the coming of Spring. Monday, I will do the more “everyday” cleaning like dusting and sweeping and wiping down bathrooms etc. Tuesday I will smudge the house good. Wednesday..Imbolc..which is also the New Moon by the way….I will spend time celebrating with my family. That night I will be doing a ritual and lighting candles all over the house..and throwing open the doors to invite Brighid and all the good that Her coming brings.
When I posted about Imbolc on a previous blog post, I wrote all the correspondences for this Sabbat. When I put together my altar..I kept those in mind of course. My altar cloth was a simple white cotton cloth. I threw a green scarf across it to represent Brighid’s Mantle. I then put all the tools that are always on my altar, my athame, wand, cauldron, elemental representative of candle, incense, salt and blessed water. My pentacle tile and statues of Gaia and Greenman which are definitely appropriate for Imbolc.
I then added my Goddess/God candles..red and my Fire candle is also red. I place crystals of Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, moonstone, and red jasper. I have a gorgeous cherry quartz point in the center of my candles. I have a bit of sunflower seeds and some healing herbs there as well. I have a printed picture of Brighid in her Maiden aspect..beautiful as I picture her. A poetry book to represent her being the Goddess of poetry. Silver candlesticks and celtic symbol to represent her being the Goddess of smithcraft and honoring her being Celtic (as am I!). My potted daffodils and cakes and ale will be added when I’m ready to work at my alter. I’m making the Lemon Poppyseed Bread I posted here..and I’m going to have spiced wine to drink. I also have added 7 tealight candles in red and white…those are for one of the rituals I’ll be doing Imbolc night…along with some special sisters of mine. I look forward to working at this beautiful altar which I find magickal and beautiful. 🙂 After looking at this, I realize I forgot my lamb statue..I’ll add that in also..remember Imbolc means ewe’s milk.
I have been spending time when I can adding to my Book of Shadows…it seems to be a never ending process. I am always adding information from books I’m reading, or from my facebook friends or from groups I belong to on facebook, and from the internet. I DO use my computer to make up my pages. Now I know that can be a controversy…many will say it should be all handwritten. But my BOS is a very beautiful, fairly expensive book..and I have terrible handwriting…I want not only for me to easily read what is there..but I plan on passing down this book to my children and grandchildren and I want them to be able to read it as well. I love being able to change the fonts, the print size, add pics and flourishes. There is some of my handwriting in the book..I make notations, add info etc in my own hand.
Here is my BOS and a few examples of some of my favorite pages………
These are just a few of the pages I’ve done….I am getting more creative as I go along 🙂
When I look at my altar and my Book of Shadows…I feel so much pride and inspiration. I try to live my life everyday in a way that speaks to my soul, that makes me happy, that honors the Divine, Mother Earth, the Elements. I am proud of my path! Being a Witch, discovering my true self…has been Goddess sent…I am soo blessed to have the joy of all that this path I’m on entails. I know so many of you know exactly how I feel. When my day isnt’ the best day, or my mood is poor, or I feel overwhelmed, all I have to do is have a sit at my altar, or go outside. Light a candle, or grab a crystal. I can read one of any beautiful inspiring quotes or poems in my BOS or just connect with the Goddess by sitting quiet and listening for Her message. And then there’s the Moon! Ahh the Moon…how wonderful that we are so aware of Her mysteries, Her energy, Her power. How wonderful to be a Witch!
Blessed Be, Autumn