Merry Meet All,
Imbolc is about cleansing and purification. You can cleanse your home, your mind, body and spirit. The best way to do this is in a ritual. I just refreshed my altar and smudged it with sage. My altar was still dressed for Yule. But the Wheel of the Year is soon turning to Imbolc. The altar cloth is white and I placed my serpent wand (elements of earth and air), an artificial and beautiful birds’ nest, and a cow figurine on my altar. I think the best colours for an Imbolc altar are whites and muddy browns. The colours signify that winter is still here but the snow is melting to reveal the muddy colours of spring.
Here is a ritual to do for a cleansing. First, try to be undisturbed for the ritual. Tell your family you need some time alone. Turn off the phone and dim the lights in the bathroom. Light candles or add an essential oil to the candle then light it to waft the fragrance around the room.
Play a CD of your favorite soft classical music or music with nature sounds such as a waterfall or whales. Relax in the tub. As you run the bath, use herbs that have cleansing properties. Put herbs into a muslin cloth or bag and suspend the sachet from the faucet so as the warm bathwater runs through it into the tub. The herbs associated with cleansing are rosemary, lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, and peppermint. You can use one of these herbs or combine them for extra powerful cleansing.
Relax in the tub and meditate on the herbal bathwater and clear your mind. Take as long as you feel is necessary. Concentrate on pushing the negativity within you leaving your body. When you drain the tub, the negativity will flow down the drain, leavin you purified.
Relax after you leave the tub. It helps if you set towels or a robe and your warm plush slippers nearby so they are within reach. Take deep breaths to ground your energy. If you used Epsom salts, have a glass of water. The salts can dehydrate you. You need to replenish your body with water. If you have a shower stall, you can hang the herbal sachet from the shower faucet.
After that cleansing ritual, cleanse your home to welcome Imbolc, the first spring Sabbat. Stay tuned for a house cleansing and blessing ritual tomorrow.