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Wiccan Ritual for Imbolc: Solitaries or Small Groups

Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year for 25+ years, and being a holiday junkie, she just can't get enough of the sabbats!

Imbolc Ritual

Bright blessings! February 1st* is an important date to mark in your calendar—it marks the sabbat of Imbolc! This year, I would like to present a ritual for either Solitary Wiccans or for small Wiccan groups who would like a more formal sabbat observance. This ritual includes a prayer petition and a meditation.

* Some trads celebrate Imbolc on January 31st, others on February 2nd. The actual date isn't as important as observing the season for its meaning.

Celebrating the end of winter.

Celebrating the end of winter.

Imbolc Ritual Supplies

Tools:Supplies:

Athame

Lighter

Wand

1 red candle

Cup

2 white candles

Pentacle

Water

Chalice

Walt

Cauldron

Incense charcoal

Censer

Milk

2 small bowls

Plate of cakes/cookies

3 candle holders

Seasonal incense

Altar décor if desired: statuary, flowers, etc.

vial or small bowl of essential oil*

Suggested Altar Set-Up

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Steps to Create Sacred Space

1. Cleanse and consecrate the incense, salt, fire candle, and water.

To do this, place each one on the pentacle in turn. Hold the athame over it and make the sign of the pentagram, saying:

I exercise this incense (salt, fire, water)

Creature of Air (Earth, Fire, Water)

Of negativity and align your energies

To serve the Lord and Lady

at this Rite of Imbolc So Mote it Be.

Put them each back in their places as you finish.

2. Put three pinches of salt in the water.

Take the water and start in the North. Walk clockwise around the circle, sprinkling the salt water, saying:

I consecrate this space by the powers of Earth and Water

Put the water back.

3. Light the Fire candle.

Light the charcoal on the Fire candle. Once it’s going, put three pinches of incense on the coal. Pick up the censer and start in the North. Walk clockwise around the circle, fanning, saying:

I consecrate this space by the powers of Air and Fire.

Put the censer back.

4. Cast the Circle with the athame.

Say:

By the Powers of the Sky,

The Sun and the Moon,

The rushing wind, the pouring rain,

The bolt of lightning, the clap of thunder

By the Powers of the Earth,

The solid mountain, the fertile soil,

The rushing river, the fragrant foliage,

By the powers of Air, Earth, Fire and Water,

By the powers of the Lord; by the powers of the Lady,

By the powers above, and the powers below,

I cast and seal this circle, so mote it be.

4 Elements/4 Quarters

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The Invocations

Invoke the Elements in turn:

Powers of the North; Powers of Air,

Winds of Knowledge; Breath of Life;

We call you and ask that you bring your wisdom to our circle

We Hail and Welcome to you on this our Sabbat Rite

Powers of the East; Powers of Earth,

Cave of Transformation; Body of Growth;

We call you and ask that you bring your stability to our circle

We Hail and Welcome to you on this our Sabbat Rite


Powers of the South; Powers of Fire,

Flame of Courage; Spirit of Passion;

We call you and ask that you bring your energy to our circle

We Hail and Welcome to you on this our Sabbat Rite


Powers of the West; Powers of Water,

River of Dreams; Heart of Love;

We call you and ask that you bring your intuition to our circle

We Hail and Welcome to you on this our Sabbat Rite

Invoke your personal deities:

You can also invoke any specific deities you wish to honor. Alternatively, invoke the spirit of the Lord and Lady if you prefer.

Light the Goddess Candle:

Using your wand, say:

Great Goddess, we call to you

You who are the Fair Maiden, with fearless heart who teaches us to dream

You who are the Nurturing Mother, with strength and love who cares for all

You who are the Old One, with experience and wisdom who guides us along

On this Imbolc, we invite you into our circle

May you be with us to witness this sabbat rite in your honor.

Light the God candle:

Great God, we call to you

You who are the Young Child, with exuberance and wonder who brings us hope

You who are the Protective Father, with courage and vigilance who watches over us

You who are the Sage King, with justice and knowledge who makes the ultimate sacrifice

On this Imbolc, we invite you into our circle

May you be with us to witness this sabbat rite in your honor.

Imbolc Ritual

Ritual for Imbolc.

Ritual for Imbolc.

Step-by-Step Ritual Observance

1. Stand before the altar.

Say:

Daylight gradually increases as the young Sun strengthens.

The ice cracks and the snow melts and the Mother begins to stir in Her slumber.

It is Imbolc, the Feast of Waxing Light!

Though the lanterns still glow under overcast skies

And winter fires burn bright upon the hearth

We recognize the transition that will carry us to spring!

2. Take up the pen and paper.

Write on it something that you fear is holding you back. This should not have anything to do with someone else, no matter what kind of beef you have with them. It should be about your own inner emotions and qualities: fear, anger, laziness, etc.

When you’re done, each person takes up their own paper and says:

At this Imbolc, the season of purification,

As the Sun’s strength increases day by day,

And the Mother Earth prepares to break free of Her icy prison,

We seek strength of the Element of Fire in helping us transform.

Great Lord and Gracious Lady,

We ask you to take that which holds us back

And transform it into the energy to project us forward!

Light the papers on the Fire candle. Throw them in the cauldron to burn out; later, you can bury the ashes.

So mote it be!

A Fire Chant

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3. Take the oil and place it on the pentacle.

Hold the athame over it and say:

I exercise this oil, Creature of Spirit,

Of negativity, and align your energies

To serve the Lord and Lady at this Rite of Imbolc,

So Mote it Be.

4. Hold it up to the sky.

Say:

I infuse you with Solar Energy

And Bless you in the name of the Lord and Lady,

So that you may charge us with the power of Fire!

Anoint each other’s chests just over the heart with the oil in the shape of a sun symbol, saying:

May the fiery sun, growing in power day by day, strengthen you!

Dance around the circle in celebration in saying an appropriate fire chant.

Do this for as long as you wish. Then settle down for a meditation.

Suggested Meditation

The Ritual Feast

1. Take up the cup of milk and hold it up.

Say:

There was a time when our ancestors huddled in the bleak, cold winter

They feared for their safety; they feared for their very lives;

The wintertime was a time of uncertainty

An illness, a misplaced candle, running out of food or firewood

Could mean the loss of a loved one, or the end of the whole family

At this time of year, the sun grows stronger, the animals give birth,

The lengthening days and a new food source—milk!—bring renewed hope

2. Place the milk on the pentagram and bless with the athame.

Say:

May this milk be blessed with the love of the Lord and Lady

So that we may drink it in, so mote it be.

Each person takes a sip from the chalice.

3. Place the cakes on the pentagram and bless it with the athame:

Say:

May these cakes be blessed with the love of the Lord and Lady

So that it may nourish us—body and spirit—so mote it be.

Enjoy your feast, and celebrate for as long as you like.

Closing

When you’re ready, you may thank the deities for their attendance. You don’t need to dismiss them, as they are ever present.

You may then dismiss the quarters and take up the circle, and it is done.

I hope you enjoy this ritual, and have a blessed Imbolc.

Comments

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 19, 2014:

Thanks Nell; thank goodness it's most likely only temporary-- it's just that sarcoid is so hard to diagnose that by the time they finally figured it out a few months ago it had gotten pretty bad. Outlook is good and I should be breathing and out of that chair again. Something like 60% of cases clear up within 10 years without any permanent damage. Thanks so much for your concern!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 19, 2014:

Aww, thanks WanNess, that's very sweet of you to say. I know that spring cleaning season always hits me and catches me by surprise, too. I've barely recuperated from the holidays. Thanks for commenting!

Nell Rose from England on January 18, 2014:

Just read your comment on my hub, I had to look up your illness as I hadn't heard of it before, pop across and take a look at my beetroot one, it may help, and check out the lady in the wheelchair, take care, nell

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 18, 2014:

Oh, no! Don't remind me that it's time for Spring cleaning! lol What a great article of your traditions for welcoming the Spring! Thanks! We can always expect great articles from you!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2014:

Hi Nell Rose; I love it, too. I start my spring cleaning just after Imbolc. Call me a neat freak but I look forward to getting everything in order, it's always such disarray after the holiday season. Thanks for dropping by!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2014:

Thanks Billy! You have a good one too!

Nell Rose from England on January 17, 2014:

Woo hoo Imbolc! First day of Spring yeah! lol! seriously, I love it too, and I do my own cleansing rituals to bring in Spring, love it! great hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 17, 2014:

Just dropping by to wish you a great weekend!