The Witches Spell-A-Day for February 2nd – Into the Light

Imbolc/Candlemas CommentsThe Witches Spell-A-Day for February 2nd – Into the Light

At Imbolc, we are “in the belly” of the mother, and like little seeds under the soil, we are quickening with ideas and inspiration. Halfway between solstice and equinox, it’s a good time to invoke faith, hope, and sunshine using a creativity spell. You’ll need a couple magazines, scissors, a blue stick a paper to stick stuff on and your imagination. Close your eyes and envision the sun, glorious, bright, and radiant. Let your faith conjure up radiance. Feel hope grow. Now open your eyes and get to work, pulling images and words from the magazines that resonate with your vision. Trim them and create a collage honoring Brighid. Place it on your altar and light a candle. Say:

Brighid, bless these simple seeds, planted deep inside of me.
Let them sprout with growing light
and grow my future safe and bright.
So mote it be.

Dallas Jennifer Cobb
Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac


Imbolc/Candlemas Comments General Activities for Imbolc

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General Activities for Imbolc

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.

Hold a candle-making party and then bless all the candles you’ll be using for the whole year.

This is one of the traditional times for initiations and rededications into the Craft.

Take a hike and Search for Signs of Spring.

Decorate a plough and place on your doorstep.

Perform rites of spiritual cleansing and purification.

Weave “Brigit’s crosses” from straw or wheat to hang around the house for protection.

Make a potpourri for Imbolc by taking a piece of fabric, filling with dried leaves, pine cones, and fruit peels. Tie with a ribbon.


Solitary Activities

Make Candles

Research Fire Deities of your Tradition or pantheon.

Private Meditation and/or Ritual

Place lighted Candles in all the windows of the house



Group Activities

Hold a Ritual with your Group, and mark the perimeter of the Circle with lighted candles.

Make candles together with your group. If you’re really ambitious and have the time, try to make enough candles to last you until next Imbolc.

Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Imbolc/Candlemas CommentsHold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

** Note: although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group.

First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc. You’ll also want to have on hand the following:

Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you’re done, dress in your ritual attire, and begin the rite. You’ll need:

Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
Something to light your candles with

A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.

Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won’t slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:

Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.
In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

Light the second candle, saying:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the third candle. Say:

This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.
That which is outside, shall stay without.
That which is inside, shall stay within.

Light the fourth candle. Say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the fifth candle, saying:

Like fire, light and love will always grow.
Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

Light the sixth candle, and say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.

Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun,
cover me in your shining light.
I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am
made pure.

Take a few moments and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damaged.

When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.



By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Group Ritual To Honor Brighid at Imbolc

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Group Ritual To Honor Brighid at Imbolc

This ritual is designed for a group of individuals, but could easily be adapted for a solitary practitioner. Imbolc is the time between Yule and the Spring Equinox, the halfway point in the dark months of the year. It’s the time when the days suddenly seem to be getting longer, and the snow is beginning to melt, showing us small patches of earth and green. At this time of returning spring, our ancestors lit bonfires and candles to celebrate the rebirth of the land.

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the fire feast of Brighid, the Irish goddess of hearth and home. She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, we acknowledge her many aspects, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation. As the world awakes from the dark slumber of winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past and welcome the warmth of spring.

Cassia is part of a Pagan group in New York that honors Brighid each year with a small, private ceremony at Imbolc.

She says, “We see the Imbolc season as a time of change and renewal. It’s when we’re all coming out of hibernation, getting off the couch and peeking out the window to see if the snow has started to melt yet. We try to do a ritual each year on Brighid’s feast day, and we honor her as the keeper of the hearthfire that kept us warm and fed all winter.”

To do this ritual, set up your altar with the symbols of Brighid and the coming spring — a Brighid’s cross or dolly, potted daffodils or crocuses, white and red yarn or ribbon, young fresh twigs, and lots of candles. Also, you’ll need an unlit candle for each participant, a candle to represent Brighid herself, a plate or bowl of oats or oatcakes, and a cup of milk.

If you normally cast a circle in your tradition, do so now. Each member of the group should hold their unlit candle before them.

The HPs, or whoever is leading the rite, says:

Today is Imbolc, the day of midwinter.
The cold has begun to fade away,
and the days grow longer.
This is a time in which the earth is quickening,
like the womb of Brighid,
birthing the fire after the darkness.

The HPS lights the Brighid candle, and says:

Bright blessings at midwinter to all!
Brighid has returned with the sacred flame,
watching over home and hearth.
This is a time of rebirth and fertility,
and as the earth grows full of life,
may you find abundance on your own path.
Imbolc is the season of lambing, of new life,
and a time to celebrate the nurturing and warmth of Brighid.

At this time, the HPs takes the cup of milk, and offers a sip to Brighid. You can do this either by pouring it into a bowl on the altar, or by simply raising the cup to the sky. The HPs then passes the cup around the circle. As each person takes a sip, they pass it to the next, saying:

May Brighid give her blessings to you this season.

When the cup has returned to the HPs, she passes the oats or oatcakes around in the same manner, first making an offering to Brighid. Each person takes a bit of the oats or cakes and passes the plate to the next, saying:

May Brighid’s love and light nurture your path.

The HPS then invites each member of the group to approach the altar, and light their candle from the Brighid candle. Say:

Come, and allow the warmth of Brighid’s hearth
to embrace you.
Allow the light of her flame
to guide you.
Allow the love of her blessing
to protect you.

When everyone has lit their candle, take a few moments to meditate on the warmth and nurturing nature of the goddess Brighid. As you bask in her warmth, and she protects your home and hearth, think about how you will make changes in the coming weeks. Brighid is a goddess of abundance and fertility, and she may help you guide your goals to fruition.

When you are ready, end the ceremony, or move on to other rituals, such as Cakes and Ale, or healing rites.

By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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How to Hold a Rededication Ritual for Imbolc

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How to Hold a Rededication Ritual

Imbolc is a time, for many Pagans, of new beginnings. Spring is looming close by, new life is beginning to stir beneath the surface of the land, and it’s a season for spiritual reawakening. If you’ve already dedicated yourself to the gods of your magical tradition, why not use Imbolc as a time of rededication? By reaffirming your commitment to the deities of your pantheon, you can reawaken the sense of wonder and magic that may have been lying dormant through the cold dark months of winter.

Note: If you’re part of a group that is initiating new members, you may want to try this Group Initiation Rite instead.

This rededication ritual is designed for use by a solitary practitioner, but can easily be adapted to group practice. If you’re a solitary dedicating for the first time, try our Self-Dedication Ritual.

Bear in mind that rededication is a commitment you are making. It is a way of symbolizing that you are dedicated enough to the gods of your tradition to continue honoring them throughout the coming year.

The purpose of this ritual is to reaffirm that commitment, and is not something to be done at random or without significant thought beforehand.

You may choose to perform this ritual skyclad; at Imbolc it is often too chilly for ritual nudity, so another option is to wear a simple ritual robe. This will allow you some freedom of movement as needed. Find a quiet place to perform this rite, where you will be free of distractions like cell phones and children. You will need the following items:

One plain candle for each of the deities you wish to honor
An offering of some sort, depending on your gods

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so at this time.

Begin by grounding yourself. This is a way of focusing yourself and reconnecting. Shut out all the things from your mundane life that are distracting to you – focus on the Self, and your relationship with your gods and goddesses.

Your god/goddess candles should be on your altar or workspace. A brief note here about selecting candles to represent the gods: many Pagans, including Wiccans, honor a god and a goddess, and so would use two candles. If your tradition or belief system honors multiple gods, feel free to use as many candles as necessary. Likewise, if you honor a single divine being, use a single candle. If you wish, you can use colored candles – for many people, the goddess Brighid, is represented by the color green, so you may wish to incorporate a green candle into a rite honoring her. If you honor Mars, the Roman god of war, you may choose to use a red candle. Use whatever color is appropriate; if you’re not sure which color to select, use basic white.

One at a time, light the candles representing your gods. As you light each candle, say:

I call upon you, [deity’s name], as one who walks your path.
I am [your name], and once more I pledge myself to you this night.
I will walk by your side, honoring you as I may, and ask only
That you watch over me as one who pays you tribute.
I thank you, [deity’s name], and again I promise you service.

You may also want to personalize your pledges to your gods – for example, if you were honoring the Morrighan, you may wish to include something about protection and strength. A call to Lugh might include a comment about skills and craftsmanship. Tailor your rededication pledges as needed.

Next, present your offering to the gods of your tradition. This will vary, depending on which gods your tradition honors, and what they demand in tribute. As you present your offering, place it in front of the candle(s) representing the gods. Say something along the lines of:

Hear me, O great gods! I call upon you, [names of deities],
And offer you this gift.
I present to you my tribute of [offering], as a token of my dedication.
Know that I will honor you and ask nothing in return,
Beyond your watching over me.
Hear me, great gods, O [names of deities], and know that
I, [your name], am your servant/ your priestess/ your child/[other appropriate description].
Please, accept my offering.

Take some time to meditate. Feel the afterglow of the ritual, and feel the energy of the gods around you. You have brought yourself to the attention of the Divine, so they will be keeping an eye on you. Be sure you can uphold any pledges you have made to them during this ceremony.



By Patti Wigington
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Astronomy Picture of the Day – After Galaxies Collide

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2017 February 2

NGC 1316: After Galaxies Collide
Image Credit & Copyright: Steve Mazlin, Warren Keller, and Steve Menaker (SSRO / UNC / PROMPT / CTIO)


Explanation: An example of violence on a cosmic scale, enormous elliptical galaxy NGC 1316 lies about 75 million light-years away toward Fornax, the southern constellation of the Furnace. Investigating the startling sight, astronomers suspect the giant galaxy of colliding with smaller neighbor NGC 1317 seen just above, causing far flung loops and shells of stars. Light from their close encounter would have reached Earth some 100 million years ago. In the deep, sharp image, the central regions of NGC 1316 and NGC 1317 appear separated by over 100,000 light-years. Complex dust lanes visible within also indicate that NGC 1316 is itself the result of a merger of galaxies in the distant past. Found on the outskirts of the Fornax galaxy cluster, NGC 1316 is known as Fornax A. One of the visually brightest of the Fornax cluster galaxies it is one of the strongest and largest radio sources with radio emission extending well beyond this telescopic field-of-view, over several degrees on the sky.


Earth Sky News for February 2nd: Groundhog Day has roots in astronomy

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Your Charm for Thursday, February 2nd is The Inscribed Amulet

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
This aspect is affected by a narrowly averted dangerous situation. The dangerous event could be a personal confrontation or even an accident you narrowly miss.

General Description:
In ancient times inscribed charms were believed to possess great potency and influence. Some Egyptian written amulets have been found dating as far back as the 12th dynasty, some 2,500 years B.C. and at the present time great numbers of these inscribed amulets are still in use in Egypt. Our picture is of one of the Graeco-Roman period dating 400 years B.C. It is a formula which gives instructions as to the course to follow in the outer world in order to obtain bliss and immortality, and worn to avert danger.

Your Ancient Symbol Card for February 2nd is The Eastern Dragon

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Eastern Dragon

The Eastern Dragon derives its symbolism from eons of rich, Asian culture. The Eastern Dragon is a revered creature who brings good fortune and power to those under its influence. It influences situations by supplying courage, nobility and perseverance. The Eastern Dragon is the most Yang of creatures in Chinese mythology, and represents the male character at its strongest and best.

As a daily card, The Eastern Dragon foretells a period of abundant prosperity. This is a time when your goals can not only be attained but surpassed. If you use your energy wisely, your courage with discretion, and refuse to give up your ambitions will be satisfied.

Shuffling the Cards, Your Personal Pyramid Cards for Thursday, Feb. 2nd

Your Daily Pyramid Reading


Today’s Theme

Four of Cups

A period of rest in your life and dissatisfaction with material gains. Re-evaluation of your goals.











Today’s Challenge

Ace of Coins

Prosperity, pleasure and beauty can be realized.











Today’s Ally

Five of Coins Reversed

The reaquisition of worldly possessions after trying times and much labor. Benevolence. The awakening of the spiritual self.