Imbolc is a festival to mark the ends of the harsh winter, marking the first glimpse of the warmth of the spring and all that it promises for our year to come with the turning of the wheel. I am trying to capture this in my brief video here of my fireplace; may its heat and warmth share that with anybody who reads this.
I recall visiting the UK near the time of Imbolc, and really started to understand what lambing season means. We don’t have many lambs (or even sheep) where I live, so it was a treat to see the hillsides populated with sheep and lambs. While associated with Brigid or Groundhog Day and even with the blessing of the throats on the Feast of St. Blaise or the time of Candlemas, I really like the notion that it shows the turn in the season, from the harshness and darkness of the winter to the health and hopes for spring.
With the energy that comes at this time, I am doing two things. The first is to share this video of my fireplace and the second is to share my personal , solitary ritual I am using today as I celebrate Imbolc. I found a space outside where the snow has finally melted and I can celebrate this. While the location is not one that will allow me to have open fire, I will use my little video above to stand in its place. As so much of my own life is booked solid with work and teaching and research consulting and such, I am focusing on a more meditative ritual with internal poetry more fitting for the energy of the season.
To live as a Druid in New York City!
An Imbolc Ritual (for a Solitary Druid)
Initiation / Opening
Voice intention of the ritual
This ritual is for the celebration of Imbolc.
Light candles and incense
We shall use the image of the fireplace above due to limitations of space for this ritual today.
Rite of Purpose
Invoke the Spirits of the Place (those ahead, above, and below)
Invoke the spirits of the Air (east), South (fire), West (water), and North (earth)
Voice the purpose for this ritual
The purpose of this ritual is to be inspired by the coming warmth of the spring and feel its energy, health, and hope.
Prayer and Centering <peacefully>
Become one with the purpose and place
This space is sacred. All space where good energy flows and where we engage in ritual is sacred space. It was sacred before we came and will remain that way once we leave. This is the belief of druids.
This may include walking the labyrinth
As I am not present to my labyrinth, and will be high in the air, I will look into the distance in the four directions for glimpses of spring and the energy that comes with it, knowing that with the snow predicted for tomorrow, this view will be one for today’s memory alone.
Consider what I offer <peacefully>
I will offer my druid studies to the shared network of those whose energy seeks to make our world a better place.
I seek to give of myself to those who are in need, starting first with those in nature who struggle to live lives of peace and harmony.
Blessing and Sending of Awen
Send the energy of awen into the world <peacefully>
May awen strengthen and work through me. May it guide my intentions and directions. May its flow cleanse me and allow me to share its energy with others. May it continue to work through the naturally world that surrounds me.
Take some with me as I leave <peacefully>
So endeth the Ritual. Awen.