IMBOLC, February 1, marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It represents a time of purification, growth, renewal, fertility and letting go of the old as we make way for the new. Although we can’t see it, the seeds are beginning to stir underground as they prepare for their birth at spring. So we can ask ourselves: What is stirring within us that is yearning to be brought forth and birthed? Or what do we need to clear in order to make way for the new at Springtime?
RITUAL is a wonderful way to honor the cycles of growth, rebirth and transformation within nature and how it is mirrored within ourselves.
For the IMBOLC CANDLE RITUAL you will need:*
1) A candle (a taper if possible- although not necessary for this ritual, if you are using a TINY RITUAL candle, the first two items are covered for you)
2) A crystal symbolic to Imbolc for you (ie. red garnet, citrine, pyrite, green aventurine, or clear quartz is always a good bet)
3) An old pen, or something sharp to carve into your candle
4) A piece of paper + pen
*Remember, these are only tools. The real magic comes from within, and that is what is most important in any ritual. So if you don’t have a candle, crystal etc, you can still do a ritual with you, your heart and your will
AN IMBOLC CANDLE RITUAL
Start by setting up your SACRED SPACE or altar. You can include items representative of Imbolc such as candles, Brigid’s Cross, white flowers + other crystals. PURIFY + CLEANSE the air by burning sage, incense, diffusing essential oils, or lighting beeswax candles.
Light any other candles you’re using (but not the main taper). Then begin to GROUND YOURSELF by taking deep breaths, feeling your energy descend into the Earth. Connect to the quiet, calm + inwardly directed energy this time of year offers; see the blanket of snow outside and the bare trees standing guard, knowing that underground life is beginning to stir.
MEDITATE on how this expression of nature and its inner life is mirrored within you. Can you feel that inner stirring within your belly? At this time in your life, what needs to be CULTIVATED so that it can be fully birthed + realized at the Spring Equinox? You can journal, pull tarot or oracles cards, or simply continue to meditate to receive more clarity.
On your piece of paper, write down your INTENTION of what you wish to cultivate, heal or gently grow as we move toward the Equinox. Be specific + clear. Distill this intention into one or several words, and you’re going to carve that word(s) into your candle.
Once you’ve finished carving, hold your piece of paper and crystal in your hands as you close your eyes and quietly meditate upon your intention. VISUALIZE your intention gently growing to fruition. When you feel ready, slide your written intention under your candle holder + place your crystal directly next to your main taper candle.
LIGHT YOUR CANDLE and continue to feel your intention growing and building. Sit in meditation for as long as you’d like.
Before you close your ritual, send massive GRATITUDE + BLESSINGS to our Earth who continues to support and nurture us through her ever changing cycles + rhythms.
Let your candle burn all the way down. Once the candle is spent, you are going to keep your intention and your crystal in a safe + sacred space until the Spring Equinox where you will use both in a ritual!
Sending you light, love, warmth + big blessings,