Merry meet all,
Today I bought the book titled Laurie Cabot’s Book of Spells and Enchantments. It’s published by Copper Cauldron Publishing. I am so excited to have this book. I shall enjoy reading and learning from it. I got the book just before Imbolc! This could be an auspicious sign!! I read it at the cafe in the library but when I saw an elderly couple looking for a table, I gave up mine to them and caught the bus.
Laurie Cabot is the Official Witch of Salem and she rightly deserves her title. The book is a treasure. I also picked up the newest issue of Circle Magazine, and the Silmarillion. So let’s move on to Imbolg before I am lost in a sea of books and coffee.
Here is a Solitary ritual for Imbolc. First, setup your altar. Then take a purifying and cleansing bath. Use Epsom salts, essential oils, table salt or sage to aid you in focusing on purifying yourself. Have a warm bathrobe or clean terry cloth towel at hand. Who wants to hunt down something after a meditation soak and have it ruined by having to search for something? Not me.
Now for the ritual you will need the following:
- Seven candles, in red and white tealights
- Matches or a lighter
- A cauldron
- Sand, ash or salt to fill your cauldron with. Ash is best.
- Cast a circle
Fill the cauldron with the sand or ash. Concentrate on the task as you do this. The cauldron needs to be large enough to accommodate the candles. Arrange the candles in the cauldron. Cauldrons correspond with the Goddess, water, and depth and the element of Water. Candles correspond to the element of Fire and creativity. Sand or ash relates to the element of Earth. As you mix all these in your cauldron, you connect these Elements. When the candles burn, they release your intent to the Air. So you do invoke all the elements here in this step. Light the seven candles.
I banish the dark and welcome the Light, in the chill of winter, life stirs anew.
Say something special with each of the seven candles as you light them.
Allow the candles to purify you with their energy. Reflect now on the healing energy of Imbolc. Do you have any stagnant energy? Now is the time to clear the energy away from you and out of you. Let the fire heal the ailments and release that which does not serve you.
End the ritual, open the circle and finish with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(