The Wheel Turns to Imbolc 2013…..

imagesCAGEYQRXMerry Meet my friends. I’m having a quiet evening by the fire on a very cold, Moon-lit night and thought I’d write a post..catch you all up on a couple of things. The best thing I have to tell you is that my new grandson Henry came into the world this past Sunday..healthy and beautiful! Mom and baby both doing great and our family is overjoyed he is here. There is nothing like the miracle of birth and holding that precious soul in my arms..feeling him and smelling him…pure Bliss!

After a month now in our new home, we are more or less settled in. There are still some boxes in storage to go get and unpack but in general we are in 🙂 We love this home and it will be a good one for us. We are happy and content! We have done a LOT of work to make it ours…make it beautiful..make it magickal! With good results I’d say :))

Now Imbolc is just around the corner. Those who know me or have followed me here know that Imbolc is one of my favorite Sabbats..simply for the fact it was the very first Sabbat I truly celebrated as a Witch. I mean instead of just reading about it..I got up and DID something! When I got that feeling..that magickal feeling I get when I connect with my Craft..well that was it for me. I found ways to celebrate not only all the Sabbats, the Full Moons and New Moons, but made a point to bring magick into my Life and home every day!!

For me Imbolc is about looking forward to longer days of Sun and getting ready for Spring. But it’s also about enjoying what’s left of the Winter. I get my house sparkling clean, smudge it, use herbal washes on floors and windows, put something good to eat in the oven or on the stove, and do a project that will allow me to enjoy a cozy night by the fire, knowing that the early dark evenings won’t be with us much longer. I might work on pages for my Book of Shadows, do some studying on a subject like herbs or tarot. I might pull out garden books and seed catalogs and plan for my Summer garden, or make poppets for spells, or crochet something for someone I love. Of course, on Imbolc eve I will do a ritual at my altar or under the Moon (I love bundling up and going out to see the Moon and absorb Her magick and energy on a cold, see-your-breath night!).

My celebrations of the Sabbats….over time…have become simpler. Doing something to honor the day…the turn of the Wheel..can be as complex and simple as you want it to be. Depending on my mood I could do either..but I have found the simpler, deeper meaning moments to bring more magick into my Life and more Joy as well. A nice meal, candles lit, incense burning and quiet time with Goddess can be all that I need most of the time. Meditation..something I haven’t been taking the time to do here lately…can also be a lovely way to open yourself to what the Goddess wants you to know..to listen..to feel. I DO love..just after Sunset..to invite in the Goddess Brighid to bring health, love and abundance to my home and hearth..that is something I’ve done for years and I always feel Her presence when I do. Try it….just light red and white candles all over your house…take a candle with you to your door..throw it open and invite Her in!! See what happens!! Imbolc, after all…is Her Sabbat!

I came across a recipe I’d thought I’d share with you. I intend on making it for Imbolc.

 

lemon poppy seed loaf

 

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

2 1/4 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest

4 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 1/8 cups white sugar

1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened

5 eggs

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Stir together the flour, salt, lemon zest and poppy seeds using a wire whisk. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then stir in the dry ingredients. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 60 to 75 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

To make the syrup, combine 3/4 cup sugar with the lemon juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside to cool. When the cake is done, place the pan on a wire rack with a cookie sheet underneath. Prick the top of the cake several times with a toothpick or fork. Brush the top of the cake with the syrup, allowing lots of it to run down the sides and soak into the cake.

Allow cake to cool slightly before removing from the pan to the wire rack to cool completely. When completely cooled, wrap the cake if foil or heavy plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 day before serving

 

Let me know if you try it and like it.   I’ll let you know too.  I’ll peruse my recipe books and magazines and may be back with some more recipes soon 🙂  Until then, I  hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Make it a good one!!  There is a quarter Moon out there…check Her out!

 

Blessings and Love, Autumn

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “The Wheel Turns to Imbolc 2013…..

  1. poppyseed cake sounds divine and your magickal enthusiasm drips from the page into my heart spaces…must get ready too!!! ♥

  2. irishcladdagh

    inspiring as always….trying to keep the bit of magik I feel and not lose it…moving day is Feb. 1st…so I am hoping it will be very magikal….As for meditation…Its really the only thing I have been able to do these past 2 months and try to take my walks every chance I get so I am surrounded by Her…but this blog….I feel its great for meditating…thank you sis )O( ❤ u

  3. Thank you so much! This is lovely, I really enjoy your posts. The simplicity alone is what draws me to them.

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I feel so motivated to celebrate this year!

  5. Sunshine Fae

    What lovely words you have crafted once again. Imbolc is indeed one of the more magickal Sabbats for me. There is something I love about midwinter; not wanting to let go of hibernation (of which I have done very little so far) but yet looking forward to watching flowers appear and leaves begin to show their gorgeous green! I am so happy for your family with all the changes you have survived and embraced with the new year! Thank you for inviting me to walk with you into Spring! Blessed be! and much love

  6. Beautiful sharing. Thank you so much. Blessed Be

  7. Blessed Be, beautiful sharing.

  8. rachelcrone

    I so love reading your blog. It inspires me and reminds me of the reasons I have chosen to walk this spiritual path. Blessed be!

  9. terribetz

    Wonderful words! I too, am inspired by your words and thankful for your spirit! I’m making peanut butter bread this morning, but your Lemon poppyseed sounds yummy! Especially with honey of some kind! Blessed Be!

  10. Debra Nehring

    I thought of you, Autumn, last night when I was out at 11 PM looking at the stars and Northern Lights dancing on the horizon. Blessings to you .

  11. Jennifer

    Love it Autumn! I might just try that recipe too! =) I know you will be so excited when you have everything in it’s place.

  12. You sound like you’re settling into things and you sound a lot happier! Nice to hear it. Thanks for the posts and spreading some of that warmth of the season 😀 Nice to have it coming through the web-o-sphere.

    Sue @ http://www.reikipeth.net

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