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Brideo'gas and Bride's Beds, making priapic wands, decorating ploughs, feasting and lighting
bon fires. Blessing seeds for this year's garden, fertility and purification, spring cleaning,
"Bride's Bed" rituals, home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is placed by the
front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new, consecration of
agricultural tools. Rituals of initiation, transformation, new beginnings.
Make or decorate candles. Burn the evergreen boughs that decorated your home during the
winter holidays in the Imbolc Fires and celebrate the return of the Sun's strength and the
Goddess as the Maiden.
Brighid, the Celtic Goddess of fire, healing and poetry is considered the patron Goddess of
Imbolc. Read up on her as a Celtic Goddess and as her later incarnation, St. Brigit. Write a
poem in her honor and read it aloud during any Imbolc ritual you may have planned.
During this Sabbat, why not work a little fire magic with Brigid and see what she may bring
into your life? Light a new white candle. Once the candle flame is burning bright and strong,
repeat this charm three times:
Brigid, goddess of poetry, health, and fire,
On your special day, grant my inner desire.
Your sacred flames bring light to me in so many ways,
Please send inspiration and passion to me this day.
Watch over your spell candle until it goes out on its own.
Cleanse and re-consecrate your ritual tools and clean your altar. Go through all your herbs
and discard those that are more than a year old. Perform rites of spiritual cleansing and
purification. Ritually cleanse your home and start your "spring" cleaning.
Make a Crown of Light (i.e. of candles) to wear for the Imbolc Circle, similar to those worn
on St. Lucy's Day in Scandinavian countries. (See instructions below.)
Place a lighted candle in each and every window of the house, beginning at sundown on
Candlemas Eve (February 1), allowing them to continue burning until sunrise. Make sure that
such candles are well seated against tipping and guarded from nearby curtains, etc. If you are
not able to use real candles use those candle lamps sold at craft and department stores for
the Christian Christmas season. The Dollar Tree Stores have tea lights that are battery
operated and the little flame shaped bulb actually flickers. These would be perfect for a safe
candle burning in windows you can't watch constantly.
Make "Brigit's Beds" to ensure fertility of mind and spirit (and body, if desired). Weave
"Brigit's Crosses" from straw or wheat to hang around the house for protection. Make a Bride
doll. Make corn dollies and a cradle for them to sleep in.
Help your kids go through all their clothes, toys and books to find the unwanted and outgrown
items. Donate everything to a charity that will give the items to children who need them.
Lead the family on a parade around the outside of your home, banging on pots and pans or
playing musical instruments to awaken the spirits of the land....but be sure not to upset the
neighbors if you live in a housing area and a stones throw from the next house!
Meditate as a family. Have everyone explore what it would feel like to be a seed deep in the
Earth, feeling the first stirrings of life. Lie on the floor and put out tendrils. Stretch and
Tie tiny strips of cotton fabric in trees and ask Bride for her influence in your life. The birds
will use them for nesting or they will bio-degrade over time.
Make a window garden with seeds, soil, old glass jars or rinse some tuna or cat food cans and
get ready for spring! Easy items are beans, mint, marigold. Even carrot or pineapple tops and
avocado pits are fun to sprout.
Go for a walk. Search for signs of spring. Take off your shoes and socks and squish your toes
in the mud! But that is only if the ice has melted!
Have your children hold some seeds in their hands and talk to them, Bless them for growth
and happiness, filling them with love. Plant an indoor herb garden.
This is especially appropriate for young girls, as this is the holiday for the returning maiden.
You will need:
Construction paper in your child's favorite colors, and yellow or red for the flames.
Pencil, crayon or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick)
What to do:
Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap
around your child's head. You may need to glue 2 strips together
to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra
inches for the overlap. Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles
for candles. Draw and cut out eight flames. Glue the flames to
the candles. Draw wicks in the flames. Distribute the candles
evenly around the headband.
Glue the candles to the inside of the headband and wait for the glue to dry.
Children will love the sound of this magickal wand as they walk around pointing and shaking
it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up for Winter's sleep to witness the union of the
Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
You will need:
Small tree branch picked up from the ground
Yellow, green and gold 1/2 inch ribbon
Small gold or silver jingle bells
What to do:
Select a small branch about 1/2 to 3/4 inches in diameter. Cut the top end flat and place the
acorn on it and secure with glue. Decorate by wrapping with ribbons, leaving enough length at
the top for streamers. Tie the bells to the ends of the ribbons. Another way of attaching the
bells is to thread the ribbon through the bells as you wrap the branch. Tell children how the
acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magickal wand helps the
sleeping plants and trees wake up and prepare for Spring.
You will need:
A box (a shoe box works great)
Colored construction paper
White, yellow, green and red tissue paper
White flowers or cotton balls
What to do:
This is a great activity for smaller children and they will be excited to help with your altar
decorations. Paint one side of the box at a time with a bit of glue, not too thick, just enough
to stick the green tissue paper. Cover the entire outside of the box with the green tissue. Cut
a 2 inch wide strip of colored construction paper the length of the sheet. Let the child/ren
draw symbols and pictures that remind them of Spring, the Goddess, brides and weddings on
the strip. Also let them draw pictures and symbols on the box with glue and sprinkle with
glitter. Cut the white and yellow tissue paper into 2 inch diameter circles. Place a finger in the
middle of the circle and draw it up around your finger. Give a slight twist to crinkle the paper
into a flower shape. Remove your finger and stick to the box and decorated construction paper
strip with a dab of glue leaving about 1-1/2 inches on each end of the strip to be attached to
the inside of the box with glue for a handle. Fill the box with white flowers or cotton balls
and tell your child/ren the story of how the Maiden is a Bride and the Earth is her Bride's
These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. These can be handed
out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.
Method #1, You will need:
A handful of wheat stalks or similar stalks
clear or red thread and needle
What to do:
Soak the wheat in warm water until pliable. Fold one stalk of wheat in half. Fold another the
same way, and thread through the first one, it now looks like a long "L". Fold the third the
same way, insert through the second wheat stalk, you now have what looks like and "L" with a
tail. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third, making the shape of a cross. Use the
clothespins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat. Continue folding and threading
the wheat stalks until you have several woven through each arm. Allow to dry with the
clothespins in place. Using the needle and thread, sew the stalks together. This isn't how the
ancients did it but it keeps it from falling apart...especially if you are like me and your first
try is less than perfect! When dry it is ready to hang!
Children will enjoy making these little Bride images that can be used later as an altar
decoration. I enjoy making them! And they can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make
You will need:
1-piece Wooden clothespin
Red, yellow or brown yarn
1 White pipe cleaner
Several scraps of white material
Black and red markers
What to do:
Take a scrap of white material and cut a 6 inch circle. In the center of the circle cut a hole
large enough to poke the "head" of the clothespin through. Fold the circle in half and cut along
the fold from the outside edge to within 1/8 inch of the center hole. Cut appropriate length of
pipe cleaner to make arms and slide up through the slit in the clothespin until it is pushed up
to the end of the slits on both sides of the material.
Gather the material tight around the clothespin just under the "arms" and tie off with a small
piece of yarn. Glue short pieces of yarn to the clothespin head for hair and draw eyes and a
mouth with the markers. Finish with dabs of glue and gold glitter around the white wedding
dress. A bridal veil glued to the yarn covered head is optional but a great touch. Explain to
the child/ren how the Goddess is a sacred bride, pure and renewed, waiting to be re-united
with her consort, the God.
~Hand Dipped Candles~
What you need:
2-4 lbs of paraffin wax, the kind used in canning, or beeswax if cost isn't a problem
Candle wick, available at craft stores
Oils and herbs for scent and magickal goals
Candle dye or crayons
A wooden spoon
A large pot and a 3# metal coffee can or a thrift store crock pot
(You might also want to consider thrift store utensils since clean up is difficult and just keep
them for the purpose of candle making.)
What to do:
Begin by melting the wax in the crock pot. If you are using the pot and can method, fill the
pot half full of water and sit the coffee can with the wax in it inside the pot. Heat the water
to boiling first and cut up your wax so it will melt quickly. Once the water is boiling, turn the
heat down and place the can of wax inside. Keep the water hot enough to keep the wax melted
but not so hot the paraffin catches fire, which can happen when the heat is too high. While
the wax is melting, stir with a wooden spoon, never use metal, making sure it is completely
While the wax is melting you can mix the herbs if you are using more than one, in a small
bowl. After the wax is completely melted , break the crayons up and put them in the wax.
Keep stirring until all of the crayons have melted and the color is even and smooth, with no
streaks. (Sometimes I like to let it be streaked, makes a beautiful effect.) The candle will be
a shade or so lighter when dry so the more crayons, the deeper and richer the color.
Next, add the herbs to the wax. Empower with your energy and magickal intention while
mixing the herbs. Stir with the wooden spoon until it is throughly mixed. Next add 10-20
drops of essential oil (no synthetics when making candles for magickal or ritual use!) until the
wax smells strongly of the fragrance intended. Now your wax is ready!
Start with a long piece of wick - twice the size of your desired candle length plus 3 inches as
you will be making 2 candles at once. Bend the wick in the middle and hold it by the bend. Dip
the wick in the wax and back out. Getting started is the hardest for the wick will float on top
of the wax until it has enough wax on it to weigh it down. You may have to use the wooden
spoon to get the wick to go into the wax. Allow it to get cold between dipping at the
beginning. After the candle has started to take shape you can speed up the process a little.
Keep a pan of cool water nearby and dip the candle in the water after each dipping in the wax.
This speeds up the process a little, but candle making is a slow process and well worth the
time and energy you put into it.
Keep dipping the candles and allowing them to cool until you achieve the proper size. Hang
them to dry until the wax has set but the candles aren't too hard. Roll them on the wax paper
to smooth out the shape. Once the shape is too you liking, dip 1 or 2 more times to make
sure it is smooth. Trim off any excess wax with a sharp knife to make a flat bottom. Cut the
wick and you are done!
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