Merry meet all,
Imbolc springs to life soon in February. Imbolc is the next turn in the Wheel of the Year. Imbolc is the first of the three spring Sabbats, the other two being Ostara and Beltane. It is one of the great Celtic fire festivals.
Brighid is often honored during this time. She is a goddess of fire and fertility. Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to new beginnings, the goddess and fire. Life stirs within the soil. The sun brightens and the days slowly grow warmer. In the Irish Gaelic, Imbolc is called oimelc, meaning ewe’s milk. At this time, the cows and ewes are nursing their calves, a common precursor to spring. Imbolg also means “in the belly”. Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, the Feast Day of Saint Brighid, Le Fhelle Brid, Imbolc has a Celtic connection. Brighid is a triple aspect Goddess. She is a keeper of the sacred flame and a guardian of the hearth.
To our ancestors back to the Paleolithic times, the winter season was a true horror. Imagine dealing with glaciers, frigid winds and cold, and scarce food. The wind howls and you hear the ghostly voices of your ancestors. The wind cuts like wolf fangs, its so cold. The clan chews on the last of the mammoth meat, starvation is close. Any sign of spring then was a sign of survival, a cry to the soul. The Crone was valued then in the clans, but she finds it hard to keep up as they hunt for elusive oxen. The Crone was the wise woman, the one the clans turned to for hope, wisdom of how to survive and store food. She knew the early signs of the coming spring.
The Maiden doesn’t transition and emerge till the cold fierce time of the Crone is passed. Winter even in our time is still upon us. If you listen closely to the wind, it might whisper messages to you. Be sure to heed them. The Crone’s cloak of darkness and snow still hovers over the earth. Spring is a few weeks away. Soon the ice shall thaw to leave room for crocus and tulip bulbs. A common symbol of spring is the Bear who awakens from hibernation. When animals emerged from hibernation, it was a favored sign of spring. The idea of the goddess in bear shape was a reality through the Paleolithic times in Europe.
Bears are protective of their cubs which made the bear a popular mother figure. Sheeps and ewes correspond to spring.
I shall post more about Imbolc in the future. For now, stay warm and keep posted.
Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(
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Merry meet all,
Imbolc is almost here!! Imbolc is the halfway point between the rages of winter and the onset of spring. For all you southern hemisphere readers, you are now entering Lammas. The Wheel of the Year spins eternally, this time it settles on Imbolc.
Many Witches honor the Goddess Brigid at Imbolc. The traditional colours are red and white. Blood is connected with life. White reflects snow. Brigid is also tied to the colour green. She wears the colour green on her mantle and for the life beginning to stir under the snow.
The altar decor should reflect the theme of Imbolc. Try adding spring flowers to your altar such as daffodils, hyacinth, snowdrops and crocuses. You could decorate the altar with both flowers and candles.
Make a Brigid’s doll from corn or use a corn doll you made in the past (I don’t believe in burning them) and dress her in a white dress made from simple cotton. Add an anvil or hammer, a book of poetry, sacred animals such as cows or swans, and herbs.
Burn lots of white candles and decorate your home and altar area in flowers. Imbolc is the first of the three early spring Sabbats.
I wish you all a magickal Imbolc
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Merry meet all,
Who besides me hates winter? Let’s see a showing of witch hats. Yeah I thought you would all agree. Last night’s full moon was the last of the dark winter full moons for the season. It gets exciting from here. Spring is on its way. So you can all breathe a sigh of relief. I am.
I think winter affects us in more ways than just seasonal affective disorder. I have not felt any inclination to do any magick at all. This is not like me. I do enjoy it. It could be because I live alone and never have any company for an esbat. It could be because it is hard to know if you are growing or not when you live alone. These things all contribute to how and when and if people perform magick. It certainly affects me. I performed a simple meditation last night. That is all I had the energy for.
Yet I managed to manifest a cat. It sounds like I need more confidence in myself and trust in myself. So I propose to try to have more confidence and trust in myself. I do suffer from anxiety and depression, which can take over your life. I usually try to not let this affect me. I have to keep thinking Spring is almost here. The Spring Equinox occurs later this month. Who couldn’t be cheered up that?
So I can assume that this depression I am going through could possibly by seasonal. Let’s hope so. By the way, I hope you all check out the amazing movie The Theory of Everything about Stephan Hawking. I watched that movie yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I was so engrossed in the movie I forgot about everything else. You will cheer for Stephan Hawking. He is inspirational.
You can view the trailer here:
Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch
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Merry meet all,
Tomorrow is Imbolc!! I am happy about that and I hope you are too. The weather here is scary enough to make me seriously reconsider stepping out my house. The road is icy and slippery and rain has fallen over the snow. it is a recipe for disaster. It cheers me greatly to know spring is on its way.
The magickal colour today is brown and the magickal incense is sandalwood. The moon is waxing to full and will be full on February 3rd. When the moon is waxing, it represents the maiden or starting new projects. I just transplanted the sage and milk thistle seedlings into new pots. The moon is in Cancer now. Cancer is a water sign and transitions.
Saturdays are ruled by Saturn. Saturn corresponds with inheritance, discovery, real estate, protection, structure and reality. Imbolc is fast approaching. The full Snow Moon in Leo is on the 3rd. The snow piles higher now, which is how the full moon in February gets its name.
I plan to clean my whole apartment and cook myself something nice tomorrow. I also plan to perform a ritual tomorrow night.
Merry Imbolc blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(
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Merry Meet All,
That came as a surprise. It is snowing out when just yesterday I was admiring my snowballs and crocuses that bloomed in defiance of winter. It is not time yet for plants to emerge, brave as they are trying to be.
While we wait with bated breath for the true arrival of spring, we can be preparing for Ostara. Find out if there is a public ritual to be held by like-minded people in your area.
Make an Ostara Tree
You will need:
several tree branches
Paint the pot with spring images such as flowers, rabbits, birds, insects or eggs or use stickers. Allow the paint to dry. Cut a chunk of florist’s foam, and insert the branches into the foam to form a tree shape. Hang the decorations on the branches. Use the Spanish moss to cover the florist’s foam in the top of the pot. You can paint the tree branches with acrylic paint and glitter, if you want the tree to look fairyish or leave the wood natural. Sprinkle glitter on the brnaches and decorations. Ask the faeries to assist you as you empower the Ostara Tree. Place the tree on your altar and use it in a ritual, or as a tabletop decoration.
Try to use branches that are already on the ground.
Good luck with your Ostara Tree!