From "Circle Round" By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Here are some various Imbolc candle crafts for children to do (with an adult’s help if necessary)
One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation. Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim. Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters. Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers. The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle. Bend candles from their base to stand upright. Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter. Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes. Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Pentacle Candle Wheel
from ‘Cauldrons And Broomsticks’
- Molding Clay
- 13- 4" White Stick Candles (1/4" diameter)
- Paints (optional)
This Pentacle Candle Wheel is the perfect accessory to any Imbolc altar. Use enough clay to roll out flat with a rolling pin and cut out a circle 18" in diameter and 1/2" thick. Roll excess clay into rope, 1/4" in diameter and long enough to boarder the wheel base. Wet the clay rope enough to stick to base. This will contain any wax that drips from the burning candles. Score the image of the pentacle into the wheel base with the pencil, using the ruler to make straight lines. The Pentacle’s points should be approx. 1/2" away from the border. Take one of the white candles and press bottom slightly (approx. 1/4" ) into each Pentacle point, each cross point (inner angles of the Pentacle) and three depressions in a pyramid shape in the top Pentacle triangle ray. Now allow the clay to dry and harden. The Pentacle Candle Wheel can be painted if desired after dried. Place candles in each of the depressions and place in the center of the Imbolc altar. Remember that the Candle Wheel is the symbol of the light that ensues from the union of the Bride and her consort, the Lord of the Forest.
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