Solitaire Imbolc Ritual
by Micheal Hall
- 13 stones
- 15 candles
- quarter candles
- maize (corn meal)
- female candle
- small sheaf of grain
- Imbolc incense*
- loaf of bread (homemade is best)
On your altar place the 13 stones. Within the circle of stones, create a circle using 13 of the candles. Within the circle of candles spread some maize and in that place the female candle to symbolize the Goddess. On the eastern side of the altar place the sheaf of grain with one of the candles inserted inside it.
Dress in your usual ceremonial garb for Magical rites, or skyclad, as you prefer. Before beginning your ritual, bathe in salt-water (using sea salt). As you do so picture the water cleansing your soul and spirit, just as it cleanses your body. When you have dressed, anoint yourself with oil.
When you have prepared yourself, sit in a dim quiet place and light a single, separate candle – not one of the 13 in the circle – and meditate on how at this time of year the Goddess in her fiery aspect as light was welcomed back into the Temples and the Homes of the land. Take this candle and walk slowly to your altar. Place it in the circle of the 13 candles, then light the two altar candles, which are separate from the circle of lights also, and the incense. (Incense should be stick or powdered incense on charcoal in a swinging burner.) Then light all the quarter candles in the 4 directions, starting in the east and going clockwise. Cast your circle in the usual manner, but Invoke the Goddess with the following:
"Sacred womb, giver of the secrets of Life, Mother of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy.
So Mote It Be"
And Invoke the God in the following manner:
"Fire of the sky, guardian of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy.
So Mote It Be"
(Continue with the circle casting if it is not already finished). Light the 13 candles and then the Goddess candle in the center and say:
"Warm and quickening Light awaken, and bring forth beauty, for thou art my pleasure and my bounty Lord Osiris and Lady Isis" (or you may substitute whatever names your circle uses for the God and the Goddess – or those you personally prefer).
Reflect a moment on the coming of the light and offer up the incense. Say:
"O Ancient Ones, Timeless Goddess and Sacred King, who art the heralds of springtime and it’s bounties, be with me now in celebration! Hail to Osiris and Isis! Harvest giver and blessed Lady, let this be a time and a place sacred to your power and your beauty.
So Mote It Be"
Light the candle in the sheaf of grain and hold it up with the loaf of bread in the other hand and say (or the cakes – whatever you or your tradition uses for the cakes and wine/juice ceremony). say:
"My Lord and Lady, as the seed becomes the grain, so the grain becomes the bread. Mark the everlasting value of our seasons and their changes. "
Break a piece of the bread off and burn it as an offering in the central candle. Then say:
"In the deepest Icy Winter the seed of the Earth lies deep within the womb of the Great Mother. The Spring brings the heat of the Father and with their joining comes new life. The completion of the cycle brings food to the children of the world. As I taste the food I shall know the wisdom of the cycles and be blessed with the food of wisdom throughout my life."
Consecrate bread (or cakes) and wine/juice in the usual manner and partake of them, but first raise your chalice or drinking horn and say:
"Hail to thee Isis!
Hail to thee Osiris!
For thou art blessed"
After this, commune in meditation with the Lord and lady for a while, then close the circle in your usual manner.
(Distributed by PAN – the Psychic Awareness Network: 1-703-362-1139 Note by Matrika, co-sysop: this ritual was written by someone I knew from the Boston, MA area a couple of years back. It is based on a combination of the lore of Wicca and some of the afro-Caribbean Diaspora traditions of Paganism and Magic.) (I tried to link the above, but couldn’t find anything on it )
* Imbolc Incense
- 3 parts Frankincense
- 2 parts Dragon’s Blood
- 1/2 part Red Sandalwood
- 1 part Cinnamon
directions to make incense here
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