Celebrating Imbolc- February 1, 2023- Astrology by Melody
It is Imbolc, the season that is the midpoint between the winter solstice and Spring. It’s time to prepare to plant your seeds for the upcoming Spring season. Journal about some of your intentions and/or goals for this season.
Think about some of the following questions to help you harness the energies of this season:
- What do I need to clear in my space to make way for new energy to come in?
- What seeds can I plant now that can grow and prosper?
- What new projects or activities have I been wanting to start?
- What new intentions and manifestations would I like to focus on now?
Rituals to Celebrate Imbolc:
Take a Cleaning Bath
Set the mood by lighting candles and turning off harsh overhead light. Light some incense and diffuse essential oils with a scent you find soothing or inspiring. Play some music of your choice, that you find relaxing.
As you run the bath, add some Epsom salt and any herbs you find relaxing.
The best way to do this is to tie herbs into a muslin clot or bag, and hang it on the faucet so that the warm bathwater runs through it into the tub.
Herbs associated with the cleansing include sage, chamomile, cinnamon, lemon balm, sandalwood, lavender, rosemary, and peppermint.
Once you’ve filled the bath with warm water, immerse yourself in the tub. Spend several minutes allowing yourself to just relax completely. Let you mind clear. Focus on the warmth enveloping you. Close your eyes and become attuned to your body.
Spend several minutes visualizing all the negative energy in your body. As you focus, imagine negative energy being swept out of your body, on particle at a time, through your pores. See negativity being released from your body. Think about how rejuvenating the bath is. See your body, your spirit, and your soul being cleansed and purified by the herbs and the water.
When you are ready, stand up and get out of the tub. After you’ve gotten out of the water, release the plug so that all the negativity absorbed by the water can be drained away.
Do an Imbolc Candle Ritual
What you will need:
4 tea candles and something to light them with
Light the first candle and say to yourself or out loud, in whatever words come to you:
Even though we’re still in winter, there is new life stirring in the darkness.
Light the second candle and say:
I call in the light and the fire of the growing Sun. I call on its power to spark new life deep in the dark.
Light the third candle and say:
Like fire, wisdom, inspiration and new life, will always grow- just like the first spring flowers stirring in the dark.
Finally, light the last candle, as you do, visualize the four flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow. Recite:
I call upon these flames to cleanse and purify me as I move into the time of new life coming. Fire of the earth, blaze of the Sun, fill me in your shining light.
Take a few minutes and mediate on the light of your candles. Think about this sacred day, a time of healing and inspiration and purification.
Spend a few minutes afterward writing your thoughts and reflections in your journal.
Imbolc Magical Correspondences
Here are some magical correspondences you can work with for Imbolc:
Symbolism: Besoms, white flowers, candle wheels, Brigid’s Cross, ploughs.
Colors: white, light green, pinks, yellows, light purple, and browns.
Crystals: amethyst, garnet, ruby, bloodstone, turquoise, and onyx.
Herbs: Lavender, Bay, basil, angelica, rosemary, chamomile.
Incense and oils: chamomile, primrose, jasmine, myrrh, neroli, lavender.
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