Merry we meet - Merry we meet - Merry we meet
A Imbolc Ritual
Use a white altar cloth accented with a red drape, and
decorated with greenery. Place the Brighid’s Cross* you made at the center to
represent the goddess. Include a potted flower, just beginning to rise from the
earth, and in your chalice, pour a bit of milk. Have a white libation bowl
available. Light a large white pillar candle and votive candles in a mix of red
or green, and keep them lit till you snuff them following the ritual. Add your
usual altar tools. Have a broom nearby. If you use direction altars, place some
red and white and greenery and candles on them as well.
Grounding and Centering:
The warmth of Brighid’s hearth
Cast the Circle by moving deosil with your broom, making
sweeping motions, chanting as you go:
cast the Circle and cleanse today
the last of winter away.
from the past I sweep away, too.
I move forth to begin anew.
Invoking the directions and the goddess. You may do this at
your direction altars or face the directions while standing at your main altar.
creatures of earth awaken today
North, please guide me on my way.
winds blow gently through the air
East, breathe on me your breath so fair.
the fiery sun comes to the sky
South, warm me as the cold does fly.
gentle spring rains begin to fall
East, please bless us, one and all.
of fire and flame so bright,
Your blessed healing light.
Mother, hear my plea,
this Circle here with me!
Blessed Brighid, who tends the flame,
hears Her children call Her name,
of music, poetry, art,
inspiration to my heart.
Three Brighids--Maiden, Mother, Crone,
light of hearth and home,
bless this sacred space,
Your will and by Your grace.
this moment be my start.
May I carry Your peace within my heart!
Earth and Water, Fire and Air
and Air, Earth and Water
the God come forth to join Earth’s Daughter.
stand here now Between the Worlds
celebrate the year unfurled!
Imbolc is a time of new beginnings, of new growth. It is a
time of divination to see the direction of that new growth. Hold your
Brighid’s Cross in your hands as you focus on the directions you have come
from in the past year. In your own words, ask the Maiden Goddess to show you the
direction that is best for you in the coming year. See that direction clearly in
your mind and know that this is the time to set off in that direction. Pause and
reflect on the message She sends you. When you are ready, chant:
give thanks for unknown blessings
on the way.
thanks for unknown blessings
Already on the way.
Landon, editor Pagan Institute Report, Twin Cities)
Now thank the Goddess for Her guidance. In Her honor, take
a sip of milk from your chalice. Lift high the chalice, bring it down and pour a
bit of milk into the libation bowl with these words:
thanks for what
have let me see.
know my direction is now up to me.
will follow my path. Blessed be.
Opening the Circle:
of East that is Her sweet breath
of South that is Her bright spirit;
of West that is Her living womb
of North that is Her strong body,
thank you for your presence here.
if you will; go if you must.
May there be peace between us.
Maid of fire and flame
You. I am glad You came.
and Water, Fire and Air
You leave my Circle here
I know that You are ever near.
go forth refreshed.
go forth renewed.
go forth in rejoicing.
go forth with the Goddess ever in my heart.
So mote it be and blessed be.
*Create your own Brighid’s Cross as a meditative
exercise, meditating on what the past year has held for you and on the direction
you see for yourself in the new year. You can do this as a part of your
grounding and centering, or you can do it prior to setting up your altar for the
ritual. You may find help in creating the Brighid’s Cross at http://www.squidoo.com/brigidscrosshowto
or various other websites.
© February 2010 Darkhairedcrone
First published in The Controversial Cauldron - the group newsletter of Email Witches
Crone is an active member of the UU (CUUP’s) and has been a member of Email Witches since 2004
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The Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
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Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
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