Merry Meet again friends. Hope all is well with all of you! Whew….I don’t know about you but I’m tired and energized at the same time! I have spent a couple weeks really deep cleaning my house..”Spring” cleaning as some say….to get my home ready for Imbolc. I have cleaned high and low, ceilings to floor, linens and curtains washed, ceiling fans cleaned, cobwebs and dust bunnies swept away. Closets, drawers, and cupboards are organized and de-cluttered. Furniture swept and cushions flipped and fluffed. Bathrooms scrubbed, floors swept and mopped…… Everything has been cleaned! My house looks great…the energy feels great and I’m ready for Imbolc. That is why I’m both tired and energized. I’m tired from the work….but so energized in what I’ve accomplished and how great my house feels!
Now…there is still a couple things that need done…and they will get done..just not by Thursday. LOL. Carpets are going to be cleaned but not til March or so..after our chance of snow is gone. My windows need cleaned ..the high ones we don’t do ourselves..and again, that will be done in the Spring. Now…tomorrow, I will be smudging the house in every corner. Placing my protection sigils all around the house, fresh salt in all the corners etc. The weather is going to be very Spring-like..near 60*! I’m going to take advantage of that. Opening windows to let that fresh air come in and the stale air out. Really, we have had an amazingly mild Winter this year. So many warm days and very little snow. I am still hoping for a good snow! The kind you get snowed in, fire going, jammies on and hot drink in hand, can’t go anywhere snow. Now that all my housework is done, I could just relax and read and work on my BOS and things I have a hard time finding time for 🙂 But the mild Winter has been very nice as well. As a matter of fact, I plan on going for a walk at our local nature preserve and enjoying that warm weather! There is a rescue raptor center there..and I love to go and visit the owls that reside there permanently. I adore Owls and need a fix!
I got my altar done today…thought you would like to see the pictures.
I went with pretty much a red and white theme, with a bit of gold and green thrown in. The red and white is traditional colors for the Goddess Brighid. This year, I’m using her colors to honor her. The green, shown in the live greens from my yard, and the green celtic knots on the votive holders..represent both her mantle of green, the seasonal greens that will be burned in a fire on Imbolc, and of course the green celtic knots represent the fact that she is Celtic. I chose a silver candle for the Goddess and a gold one for the God.
In the greens I put some red feathery stalks and will add red and white fresh flowers by thursday. I have all my usual altar reps for the elements, my tools etc. Ok…the Goddess statue is my new gorgeous Hecate statue. I do not have a Brighid statue so Hecate is standing in for her. Brighid is a triple Goddess as is Hecate the crone aspect of a triple Goddess. They both mean so much to me that I don’t think Brighid will mind 🙂 Isn’t she gorgeous? I can’t stop looking at her! My goddess is standing on a favorite book of poetry..a very old, fragile book of Tennyson poems..as Brighid was the Goddess of poets. There is a bit of silver in my pendants as well to represent her smithcrafting. Blessing oil for my re-dedication, some ribbons I’ll use for cord magick, my 7 candles…red and white..in a circle for another ritual I’ll do. Crystals, more candles, and my cakes and ale will round it out. I really like it! It feels good to me 🙂
No matter how much or how little you do to get ready for Imbolc, do something to recognize the day. If all you do is light a candle, take a walk, open a window, have a quiet meal with your family..whatever you please is just fine. But honor the day. So many people are not overly fond of Winter. Imbolc, lets us know that Spring is coming and it will be here before we know it! It’s a promise from the Goddess, Mother Earth, the Sun God. Enjoy the Sabbat…rest and relax for the rest of the Winter and I wish you all a Blessed Imbolc to you and your loved ones. May the Goddess Brighid give you Peace, Love and Joy!
Blessings and Light, Autumn