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Imbolc Solitary Ritual

By Dawn ’Belladonna‘ Thomas

Theme: Welcoming the increasing light

Altar Needs
White altar cloth
Five, white candles
Cauldron
Pen and Paper
Chalice


To prepare for the ritual have a ritual bath with some bath salts. Play some relaxing music. Set up your altar with the five unlit candles - one for each element and one in the center to represent the Goddess.

Call the Elements and the Goddess:
Hail to the Spirit of the East, Element of Air. The winter winds blow cool breezes all around me. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the East.

Hail to the Spirit of the South, Element of Fire. The warmth of fire makes me aware of the coming new season. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the South.

Hail to the Spirit of the West, Element of Water. The melting snow flows into the rivers and provide much needed water the earth. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the West.

Hail to the Spirit of the North, Element of Earth. The fruits from the last harvest are providing nourishment during these winter months. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the North.

Great Brigit, Guardian of poetry and smith crafts. I am honored to have you here and to bask in the light of your eternal flame. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the center of the altar.

Tonight I celebrate the return of the sun and the rebirth of light.

Work and Meditation
Sit in front of your altar and think about what you would like to manifest in your life. When you are finished, write your thoughts on your piece of paper. Place the paper in the cauldron and light it to release your thought to the Elements and the Goddess. While the paper is burning say the following:

May the Great Lady Brigit, radiant flame,
Protect all your daughters
No fire, no sun, no moon will burn me
No lake, no water, no sea shall drown me
No arrow of faerie nor dart of fey shall wound me
May Brigit's water heal me
May Brigit's winds inspire me
May Brigit's fire warm me
Under Her protection, I go in peace. *

Drink from your chalice and offer blessings.

If you would like to make a corn dolly, now is the time to do that. As you are braiding continue your thoughts you want to manifest. When finished, open the circle.

Release the Goddess and the Elements
Great Brigit, Your welcoming light is increasing all around me. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the center.

Spirit of the North, the earth begins to show new life. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the North.

Spirit of the West, the rivers are filling and the waters are warming. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the West.

Spirit of the South, the days continue to grow longer and are beginning to warm. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the South.

Spirit of the East, there is a hint of March winds swirling around. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the East.

The Circle is open but remains unbroken.

Blessed Be!

* adapted from John O’Donovan from The Martyrology of Donegal.


 
 

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