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Friday, February 1, 2008

Imbolc Family Ritual

Friday, February 1, 2008
With Imbolc being tomorrow, I figured that it is time to actually post a ritual that you can involve the children in.

Supplies:

Three small votive candles - I use white, yellow and green
And Bells for each participant

Have one of the kids ring their bell three times and say the following;

I ring the bell To cast the circle So Mote it Be!

Then an Adult casts the circle, saying the following;

I weave around us a circle With love and light Where we can Honor the Lady and Lord

Tell the kids to imagine a silvery-blue light surrounding them in a large circle. Explain that this "Circle of Light" means that we want to make this a sacred place to honor the Goddess and God.

Next you can pick up the white candle and talk about Winter. If you don't live in a warmer climate, like I do, then you can have snow in a bowl to represent Winter. Light the candle and say;

The world still sleeps in Winter Covered in snow and ice

Have the kids ring their bells to represent the snow that has been falling for so many weeks.
Then you can light the yellow candle and say;
The Sun is growing stronger And Spring is coming closer

Tell the children you chose yellow to represent The Sun, the radiant power of God.

Have the kids ring their bells again. This time tell them they are the warm, fresh breezes of spring, coming to melt the snow. Let them have fun with it. Remember you want your children to look at ritual as the happy, fun celebration it was to our ancestors!

Then pick up the green candle and tell the children that it represents the Earth. Light it and say;

Mother Earth we call you Awake and let all things grow

One last time, have the kids give their bells a good shake. Tell them they are the voice of Mother Earth, nature's alarm clock, waking the frozen ground and sleeping plants from their winter slumber.

Now you can close the circle. Let the child who rung the bell first, ring their bell and say;

I ring the bell To close the circle So Mote It Be!

If you wish then you can make a Brigid's Cross and bless it in ritual. If you make one for the house, you can hang it over the stove, which is the modern hearth. And if you have made more than one then you let the kids hang them in their rooms. This will bring good luck and prosperity to your house.
Here is a link for making a Brigid's Cross.


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