Three small votive candles - I use white, yellow and green
And Bells for each participant
Put the votives on the altar, but wait to light them until you pick them up at the different parts of the ritual. You can also have the Corn Dolly on the altar to represent the Sleeping Maiden.
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 also 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 to let all things grow
When you have lit the candle than set it next to the Corn Dolly.
Now you can read to the children the Imbolc Story that I posted earlier. Tell them of the wonders of this Sabbat and how soon the warmer weather will be here.
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!