Merry Meet friends. Hope this post finds all of you happy and healthy and enjoying your Winter (or Summer) so far. I have been happily settling in to my new home, enjoying watching it snow, relaxing by the fire etc. Despite the fact there are still boxes to unpack, I’ve had time for some fun family days, some reading or crochet, and visiting with old friends on an evening or a day out.
Tomorrow is Imbolc….one of my favorite Sabbats. Besides the fact that it was the first Sabbat I celebrated, it is also a favorite because I view it as a new beginning Sabbat. It is the Winter will be over soon, Spring cleaning, thinking of being outdoors gardening, and longer days Sabbat! What’s not to love about that! Though I love Winter…I appreciate that the Wheel continues to turn and brings with it the warmth of the Sun and all that the Sun will bring! Also, I’m devoted to Brighid and as this is Her Sabbat I enjoy honoring Her, inviting Her in to my home and listening to what She may have to say to me.
Here in Ohio, we have a couple inches of snow on the ground right now and below 0* degrees with negative wind chills temps! Tomorrow, a big snow storm comes in!! We expect about 4 more inches! My Imbolc will be spent sitting by the fire, smudging the house, burning candles and incense, baking and cooking and my Imbolc ritual tomorrow night. My ritual may have to be inside because of the snow and the freezing cold but I’ll step out for a few minutes for some Moon time for sure! My house is clean and organized (thanks to the fact I just moved LOL) and I can really enjoy the day. As the Sun goes down, I’ll light the candles. I’ll throw open the door and invite Goddess Brighid into my home asking for Health, Joy, Peace and Abundance for this coming year for my family and loved ones.
My altar will be very simple this year as most of my Witchy stuff is still in storage. But a few candles, some crystals, my Brighid’s cross and some blessing oil is about all I need. Speaking of Blessing oil…here is my recipe for my Imbolc Blessing oil:
4 drops Ginger
3 drops Clove
2 drop Rosemary
2 drop Cypress
Add to 1/8 cup almond or jojoba oil and blend well.
You’ll love the scent. Use it to anoint your candles, your altar and yourself!!
I wish you all a very Blessed Imbolc. (Blessed Lammas to my Southern friends) However you decide to celebrate it…DO celebrate it! and remember that it means that Winter will soon be over and Spring will be here in all Her glory! Welcome the Sun!!
deep in the belly
not yet formed
slight movement waking,
promising of life to come,
in the dark
as yet unborn.
manifesting, yet waiting,
the warming Earth
Poem by Deanne Quarrie
Bright Blessings and Much Love, Autumn