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Imbolc Ritual


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Imbolc Ritual

from Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A guide for the solitary Practioner

A symbol of the season, such as a representation of a snowflake, a white flower or perhaps some snow in a crystal container can be placed on the altar. An orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil, unlit, should also be there. Snow can be melted and used for the water during the circle casting.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.
Recite the Blessing Chant
Invoke the Goddess and God
Say such words as the following

This is the time of the feast of torches.
When every lamp blazes and shines
To welcome the rebirth of the God
I celebrate the Goddess
I celebrate the God
All the Earth celebrates
Beneath its mantle of sleep

Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar (or at the Southern point of the circle) Slowly walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you. Say these or similar words.

All the land is wrapped in winter
The air is chilled and
Frost envelops the Earth
But Lord of the Sun
Horned one of animals and wild places
Unseen you have been reborn
Of the gracious Mother Goddess
Lady of all fertility
Hail great God
Hail and welcome

Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at the flame. Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.
If you need to look in the future or past, now is the ideal time
Works of magic, if necessary, may follow
Celebrate the simple feast
The circle is released