Imbolc is a time of powerful feminine energy, of new beginnings, and of fire. It’s also a good time to incorporate some divination into your practice and work on your natural magick. Here is a list of simple rituals that you can work into your practice to celebrate this magical sabbat.
Fire Scrying Ritual
Imbolc is the festival of fire, so it is only fitting to practice some fire scrying on this sabbat. Fire scrying is the divination practice of gazing into the flames, interpreting the images that it makes intuitively. It is possible to use a candle or a roaring fire, whichever you have access to. Once your candle or fire is lit, breathe deeply and allow yourself to relax. Clear your mind and let your eyes seek out images in the flames. Can you see anything in the flickering light or are there images appearing in the shadows? Do you hear anything or are random thoughts popping into your head as you watch? Make a note of the things that occur to you as you gaze into the fire and try to decipher them after you have finished.
One of the best ways to mark the sabbat is to create an altar. As many witches like to honour the Celtic goddess Bridgid at Imbolc, some like to adorn their altars with Brigid’s crosses, corn dollies or images of the goddess. The colours for this sabbat are white, green and red, so perhaps begin with a white cloth to symbolise the snow synonymous with the season, add some fresh flowers to portray the stirrings of life and make sure you have plenty of candles!
Meditative Candle Ritual
There’s a lot to be said for the power of meditation and the ways in which it can help you in your craft, so performing a meditative candle ritual is a perfect way for any solitary witch to honour the sabbat.
Begin by compiling a list of things you hope to achieve over the next year. Fill a bowl with sand and arrange 12 candles, representing the months of the year, in a circle within it. As you light each candle, think about the list you have created and plant the seeds of your intentions for the coming months. When the circle is lit, focus your eyes on the last flame and bring your attention to your breath. As you breathe in, draw energy from the candles and imagine that their heat and light are powering your intentions. Feel your intentions germinate and being to grow. When you are finished, take a deep breath and blow the candles out.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of a sparklingly clean home. Start your spring cleaning off on the right foot by spending some time at Imbolc cleaning your home from top to bottom. Once you’ve physically cleaned it, it’s time to give your home a spiritual cleanse. There are plenty of different ways to do this, so it’s just about choosing which one is the right one for you. Use smoke by burning herbs or using smoke cleansing wands and throw the windows open to allow the fresh, crisp air to carry our stagnant energy. If you prefer not to use smoke, use sound instead. Bells, drums, and rattles are perfect for clearing the air and chasing out any bad energy.
This is the perfect time of year to plant seeds, both literally and metaphorically. If you are planning out your garden this year, carry out a short seed blessing ritual to ensure that your garden will grow abundantly. Place the seeds to be blessed in a basket or cauldron. Using an athame or wand, draw a pentagram in the air over the seeds, and say: “As winter’s reign comes to an end and spring brings warmth and light, the spirit of these seeds I do call forth on Imbolc’s sacred night. From your rest awaken now with birth! You shall, in time, grow green and strong in the soil of Mother Earth.”