IMBOLIC

Imbolic — Feb 2nd 2013–

What are you going to do this Imbolic? Me personally I am going to sleep most of the day I have to work unfortunately, yet this will not stop me from do somethings.

When I get home this year I am going to light a candle. White (represent purity, purification, protection against negativity), orange(represents Charm, kindness, encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity), Gold (represents  creativity, male energy and the sun) and Yellow (represents knowledge, vitality, Confidence, joy, cheerfulness, learning, mental clarity, concentration candles are supposed to be the best.   Can’t light many in my small home. This is the symbol of the light returning not just the sun but our inner light because as the sun returns we feel better about going out side and celebrating nature away from the cold .

Around this time of year is when the milk starts flowing. Some animals getting ready to breed and getting ready for Spring. In my area of the United States the Male Cardinals are Bright red now. I am going to put out a loaf of bread covered in peanut butter for the birds and other animals that may be struggling in my drought beaten area. Fill up the trough of water that is in the ground.  I on the other had am going to have a cup of Hot Chocolate and dream about the house I am going to build so that I will have a fire place and more room Hopefully by next year.

On my day off I plan on cleaning the house from the ceiling down to the floor. Usually I would do this on the 2nd but since the weather has been warm I am going to do it with the windows open and get every speck of dust and mold out of my house. ( I know that is not totally realistic but that is how I see it as a cleaning ritual).

This is also the start of the maiden cycle of the year.

Asking the Goddess and God for Rain

The Drought has really taken it toll where I live in Oklahoma. I have been asking the Goddess and the God to give us rain for several weeks now. We have stared to receive rain. And I am Grateful. I am going to continue to ask for rain though because we still really need it.

I talk to the Mother more then I do the Father I feel we have a kinship. So when I am sitting around being calm I talk to her from my heart. Talk to her about how my day went. Talk to her about anything about the good and the bad. I ask her for water for the animals and plants. To help me provide for those that are in need.

Green Wiccan

Ostara–Happy Spring

Well it is that time of year when everything thrives. Babies are born to many animals this time of year. Plants flower, leafing out, many different colors abound this time of years. We celebrate the the maiden Goddess in one of her aspects. This is a time of fertility when the Earth is its most at its most fertile. Winters grasp is finally falling away to be replaced by the heat of the coming summer (although I think this year is a bit strange not many cold days it is almost as if summer couldn’t give in to winter).

Many different rituals can be done to worship the Goddess. If you are a solitary practitioner like me and don’t do the elaborate rituals that is how I believe, because the Mother nurtures and talks to us constantly trying to guide us along our path but doesn’t interfere we ultimately choose the path we go down. So I celebrate with coloring of eggs, an Egg hunt for my children, presents  and a basket I guess that would also be traditionally Easter fair yet on a different day not to mention I don’t buy the stuff animals and Easter grass and stuff like that it actually has to be unique and valuable why clutter the house with plastic stuff and things that will never ever be used or will be discarded after one day. I do put out candles and flowery incense, making seed cakes, cleansing the home with spring cleaning, flying kites, Planting plants out in the garden that are frost tolerant, I feed the birds and other animals because of the burden of birth and hatching of little ones that can tax their bodies and I think that the Goddess and God would want that.We also take a nature hikes around our property and have a picnic. And do other games, arts and crafts, stories and many fun things during this time of year.

I like to decorate for the day. I use flowering branches, colored eggs that are to be used during the egg hunt, seasonal flowers such as daffodils,  any of the colors of spring and with rabbits and other animals figurines no many though I am limited on space. I also set up my alter during this time I have to do it outside so I always pray for nice weather with low winds and no rain. And I place out offerings of seeds, and take many of the wild flower seeds I saved from last year and throw all along road ways so that they can repopulate an area that they previously but now no longer live in (it is sad but I see it happen a lot in fact I collected some of my original seeds from those areas for my own garden I even now have a unique variety that grows because of the genetic diversity that happens I don’t think it grows anywhere but in my garden will have to look).

There are a few recipes, and other things I would like to show you I will put these on a Page Under Ostara and hope you enjoy the activities yourself , with your family, and or with friends.

Here are some links to explore on Ostara History, Traditions, Rituals, ect hope you enjoy.

http://www.ladyoftheearth.com/sabbats/sabbats.html

http://www.thesacredpaths.com/village/2006/02/24/ostara-solitary-ritual/

http://thewiccalife.blogspot.com/2011/01/solitary-ostara-ritual.html

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/ostara_solitary_ritual.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/ia/LiliWicca/ostara.html

http://www.thewiccanway.org/files/SolitaryOstaraRitual.pdf

http://witchhaven.com/?page_id=6

http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

http://magickwyrd.wordpress.com/sabbats-2011-2012/ostara-spring-equinox-march-20th-2012/

http://spiritblogger.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/spirit-message-of-the-day-celebrate-ostara-the-spring-equinox-2011/

http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/ostara-the-equinox-and-balance/

http://acroan.com/2012/02/29/unintentional-injuries-and-ostara/

http://celticawitch.wordpress.com/the-wheel-of-the-year/ostara/

 

Imbolic– Happy Midwinter

Imbolic
February 2nd
Imbolic is one of the four fire Festivals. It is also know as Candlemas (Christian influence) and Imbolg, Brid’s Day, Oimelc, Bride’s Day, and so many other names. Imbolic is celebrated midway between winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

This is a festival of Young women and Men. This is where we all recognize the cyclic change of the crone to the maiden from the winter to the spring. Using the signs of Spring, the greening of the grass, the flowering of the early spring flowering plants such as the crocus and snow drops. In places where snow is still on the ground and not much spring is to be had this is a perfect time for a festival of warmth, love and light. When the Goddesses womb stirs and the earth begins to wake.
Imbolic literally means “in the belly”. Mother Earth’s stirring of spring with all her hidden magnificence such as the seeds to come and the quickening of the earliest when the ground has grown warmer.

Most people attribute this day to Bride(BREED),but you could easily say that this is the day of Vesta. Yet I believe this is only some of the many forms of the Goddess.

This is a time of cleansing for the spring. A time to prepare for new growth and renewal. Home fires are put out and the Hearth cleansed and relit. Candles are placed around the home and lit to honor the return of the sun. A besom (broom) is used to sweep away the cobwebs and dirt of the home and the set by the front door to welcome the new of spring.

Symbolism of Imbolic:
Growth and renewal, Purity, Virginity, dispensing of the old and making way for the new

Symbols of Imbolic:
Besoms, Candle Wheels, White flowers, fire, plow, acorn wands

Herbs of Imbolic:
All white or yellow flowers, Angelica, Basil, Bay, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Tansy, Violets, Blackberry, Myrrh

Foods of Imbolic:
Herbal teas, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppy seed cakes, Muffins, Scones and Bread, all Dairy Products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, and Spiced Wines

Incense:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh

Colors:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Lt. Green, Brown

Stones:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise

Activities:
Candle lighting, stone gathering, searching for signs of spring, making priapic wands, feasting, bon fires, making corn maidens from corn and wheat, and spring cleaning.

Please don’t pick any parts from plants today.

Sources
Imbolic, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal, [1900], at sacred-texts.com

Imbolc Traditions http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/imbolc/imbolc-traditions.html

Imbolc Rituals http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/imbolc/index.html

Imbolc Traditions, Customs and Folklore http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolctraditions/Imbolc_Traditions_Customs_and_Folklore.htm

Patti Wigington, Februalia: A Time of Purification,http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Februalia.htm

Patti Wigington, Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar,http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_Altar.htm

Imbolic ,http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Holidays/imbolc.html

Star Breezes, Imbolic, http://www.starbreezes.com/pgim/imbolc.html

Imbolic http://www.new-age.co.uk/celtic-festivals-imbolc.htm

Akasha, Imbolic, http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm

Book of Shadows — Ideas

So here are my Ideas.. Not only is my BOS(short for Book of Shadows) going to have all my beliefs so a usual Wiccan book with holidays, Wiccan Calender for several years, what the Goddess and God are, my Daily Religious practices, Poems, Alter, Herbs for Garden and Health, What Karma is, How I practice, a Magick or Science page (I think of magick as unexplained science), Balance in life, How we were created, Statement of Belief, of course the Wiccan Rede, Pagan Stories many of which I really like such as Pooka pages for my children and their children, Pagan Art mine and others whom have touched my heart(this is going to be hard though Like I said I don’t have much money and all deserve a monetary payment for their contribution),Ritual,Sabbats, about the moon, Casting a circle, the elements, Sacred trees, Signs of the Zodiac, Colors and meaning, Symbols and the alphabets, Planets,the pentagram, Runes, Charkras, Acupressure/ Acupuncture points, The elements, Tools of the craft,Meditations, Dreams, Why I became Wiccan.
But it is also going to be my Journal, Gardening Journal, Knitting Journal, Idea Journal, I am going to put photos of my Children and Family though out the year, Its going to have an area for a Family Tree which I have been working on little by little (it is hard to work on this with so little money and when you have a huge family), I was going to put recipes that we have eaten and loved over the many years.
This is all because I wished I had a book from my grandmother. I mean I have photo graphs and a few things but what do I have that actually represents her and her personality.
So do any of you out there have ideas for me to add to my BOS. Please tell me. Because I am going to start making pages here soon and some will be published here on my Blog.