Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blessed Imbolg!

I absolutely love this time of year!  The Earth begins to awaken from her darksome slumber and the Sun revitalizing rays strengthen as each day passes.  I personally focus much of my magick towards the energies of both Earth and Sun, to renew and empower myself and those around me.  Imbolg marks the welcoming of spring and the beginning of the end of winter.  We too as witches, celebrate as our ancestors once did.  We adorn our altars and homes with candle light, bringing the suns energy and warmth inwards. We not only bring this light into our homes, but also into our daily lives and hearts.  Dripped in the color of virginity, the Mother Goddess of the Witches, is recovering from the birth of our Father God. With the strengthening of the Sun’s light, she to strengthens and awakens.  She brings the seasons and all life to earth with her veil of beauty.  The Father God is youthful and childish, later becoming a warrior and sage. Imbolg originated in Ireland as a holy day for Brigit (pronounced "breed"), the Great Mother Goddess, who was in the form of a bride for the returned Sun God. The word Imbolg is Irish Gaelic for "in the belly" and Oimelc (pronounced EE-mulk), means "ewe's milk" in Scots Gaelic. Children born on Imbolg are said to be the "first children of spring" and will always be one step ahead of everyone else. Imbolg is a good time for self-dedication rituals or spells for new beginnings.

SIMPLE IMBOLG OIL

one cup grapeseed oil
one teaspoon dried heather blossoms
one teaspoon marjoram
one teaspoon fresh lily of the valley flowers
small garnet stone
thirteen drops lavender oil
nine drops lily of the valley oil
nine drops rose oil
glass bottle.

Simmer the grapeseed oil, the heather blossoms and marjoram in a non-enamel.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Allow to Cool.  Pour into the glass bottle. You may want to recite a personal incantation or chant while the blend is simmering.  Add later the essential oils and fresh lily of the valley flowers. Wear or anoint, a few drops of this magickal potion onto your doors, candles and crystals to bring empowerment, love, and during any magickal rite associated with the Imbolg Festivities.