Candlemas (Imbolc)

Needed:

  • Incense
  • Wand
  • Wine
  • Chalice
  • Pentacle
  • White candle
  • Green candle

Special Notes: First stirrings of Mother Earth; spring cleaning; time of cleansing and purification; preparation for growth and renewal.

Cast the Circle

Add a little more incense to burner:
“Mother Earth stirs from her long slumber.
The fields and forests hear her whisper to awake.
The creatures of her realms answer her summons.
Everything waits in anticipation for spring.”

Tap the altar three times gently with wand:
“This is the festival of the Maiden who gives to all the breath of life.
This is a time of waxing light and receding darkness.
This is the season of purification, a renewing of life.
At this time and in this place between the worlds,
I come into the presence of the Lord and Lady
that I may gain wise and truthful counsel.”

Take a time of silence while you ask the God and Goddess for inspiration and guidance on the future.

Tap the altar three times gently with wand:
“Ancient Ones, I know my life-path is within your keeping.
Only with your help and guidance can I hope to avoid any pitfalls
and reach my destination safely.”

Light the white candle on the left of the cauldron:
“I salute the glorious Maiden, preparer of new life out of darkness.
This is her season of the year-wheel when she spreads her blessings over the land.”

Light the green candle on the right of the cauldron:
“Behold, the Lord of the Forests caresses the dreaming Earth.
As there is a renewal within the plants and animals,
so should there be renewal in my life also.”

Place wine chalice on pentacle for a second, lift it high saying:
“Make my life fertile with insight, good health, prosperity and magical power.
Honor to the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!”

Drink some wine saving some to be put outside for the little people or give to the Earth.

Continue on with The Simple Feast and Closing the Circle.