January 17, 2019 3 Comments
Welcome to our Magickal Happenings Blog here at MoonCrafted Essentials. We are a family business of witches who make handmade ritual bath products and invocation candles while helping mystical people learn and embrace their love of magick and the moon. Let's talk about the Celtic sabbat of Imbolc today.
It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle. ('Spring cleaning was originally a nature ritual' - Doreen Valiente).
Ritual baths or showers are a great way to cleanse yourself and energy all in one. Light a candle and grab that special soap, visualize those bubbles clearing more than just dirt from you skin. Our Imbolc box includes a hand crafted candle, soap, oil, and crystals that all harness the energy of this special time of year. Check out the Imbolc box here.
A Covens High Priestess may wear a crown of lights (candles) to symbolize the return of the Goddess to her Maiden aspect, just as the Sun God has reached puberty. Brigid’s snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Ground Hog Day), and in many places, the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth.
The Christian religion adopted a number of these themes, as follows: February 1 became St. Brigit's Day, and February 2 became Candlemas, the day to make and bless candles for the liturgical year. The 'Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary ' adapts the Maiden Goddess theme. The alternative date of February 14, Old Candlemas, was Christianized as Valentine's Day is still employed by some Covens.
As with all Sabbats, fire is an important part of the day. Bonfires, hearth fires, and candles are common symbols of the day. Roasting and baking foods can harness the heat and warmth to be internalized to refresh your own energy.
Many of you don’t have schedules that allow for a full day of feasting honoring the Sabbat. So I am giving a free Imbolc Recipe Book with a full day worth of foods to bring a little magick into the meals you need to eat anyway…why not make them magickal? Many of these recipes can be made or at least set up a day or two ahead so your Sabbat isn’t stressful.
CLICK the image above for your recipe book.
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