Saturday, January 10, 2009

Imbolc Day 4: Ritual and Ceremony

Get Ready for Imbolc!

Day 4: Ritual and Ceremony

Patti Wigington from Patti Wigington
At Imbolc, we're saying farewell to winter. We know that spring is approaching, but hasn't quite arrived yet. After all, Imbolc is the halfway point between Yule and Ostara. Take a moment to celebrate the end of winter's cold nights and gray skies, and think about the new life that will begin in a few weeks.

Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual. Although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group...Read More

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