Imbolc – History, Traditions, Correspondences, and Simple Ritual Ideas

Many Pagans, Witches, and those interested in Nature Spirituality celebrate the seasonal cycles. Sometimes referred to as the Wheel of the Year, and consisting of eight celebrations. Four of these festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain) are rooted in Celtic history and origins. The other four (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice) represent the sun’s location. I created a complete guide to each season, including history, traditions, symbols, correspondences, ritual ideas, and how you can celebrate.

Imbolc is a fire festival that celebrates the home and the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is quite literally Midwinter and while the days continue to grow lighter it is still dark and cold outside. Cabin fever has set in and we are all yearning to unburden ourselves from the long dark days. This can be an especially difficult time for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is a BIG reason why a celebration is so lovely right now!

After months of self-reflection, planning, and goal setting, aspiration and ambition are beginning to stir. The tiniest bits of enthusiasm is starting to awaken beneath the surface. Goals and dreams that you’ve created over the long cold nights are now being lit from the flames of Midwinter. Let your creativity and imagination help manifest these dreams!

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Imbolc marks the Irish pagan start of spring – something is stirring

As the great wheel turns, we find ourselves slowly re-emerging from the deep dreamtime of winter into the portal of Imbolc.

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Flashback 2002 Imbolc

Imbolc is an important day of purification and initiation; on the Sun’s day, February 2, the energies are very airy. This Sabbat is a good day for coven work, with an emotionally detached masculine Moon and Sun on the Sun’s day.

Dress yourself and your altar in white, while serving white beverages or any dairy food to honor the calving season. Spread the top of a one-pound round Camembert or Bire cheese with raspberry preserves. Cut a circle of puff pastry large enough to cover the cheese, wrap it, tucking the ends of the pastry under. Use scraps to decorate the top with goddess symbols. Brush with beaten egg yolk. Bake at 425 degrees until golden, and serve hot and melting on crackers. During this ritual, bless and dedicate all candles you will need for other ritual work throughout the year. A good way to start the ceremony is to light candles in the darkened room with chanting to encourage the lengthening days.

©️ By K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page 41

IMPORTANT NOTE for the Southern Hemisphere Imbolc falls on August 1st.

Flashback 2022 – Imbolc

(I know to be a real flashback the post should be from a previous year, but I want to make sure when I look up posts from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook that I do not repeat something I have already posted.)

Imbolg Sachet of Light

Also called Candlemas, Imbolg (or Imbolc) is the sabbat of “gestation,” seeing as the earth is readying for her renewal of spring. Because of this, as well as due to the ancient Celtic associations with the goddess Brigid, Imbolg is widely considered a festival of the divine feminine.

To harness the light of life and renewal that is also awakening in ourselves, gather a number of seeds from a verity of plants. This mixture can contain anything from sunflower seeds to wildflower seeds, or even a variety of plants you intend to plant later in the spring. Place these inside a sachet bag along with a battery powered light, such as an artificial tea light. Bury it within the mixture of seeds.

With all the lights in the room turned off, turn your focus to the glowing to the glowing sachet and envision all the wonderful things you intend to manifest this year. Deeply focus: visualize smile, chant words of power, and make the sachet an illuminating personalize spell. What do you do with the sachet and seeds is totally up to your Witchy intuition!

Raven Digitals Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2022 Page 43

In Memory of WOTC Founder Lady of the Abyss

I type this with tears flowing because I still think about our Lady A everyday especially when I still pick up the phone for our daily phone call. I had very few people in my life that helped and guided me as a sister and friend as much as she did when I was lost after my mother crossed in 2015. Lady A has touched the hearts and minds of so many people both face to face and through WOTC. She would find time to reply to emails from people needing help or just to say hi to her.

Her and I had a running joke that she twisted my arm hard to come out of retirement and once again help people who want to learn about witchcraft, and/or attend an online coven gathering. There have been times I wanted to throw in the towel on Coven Life, but she always had a way to talk me out of it. Now when I have those thoughts, she comes to me in my dreams and first kicks my ass for even thinking of doing that and then give me a pep talk about all the people I have helped become a safe practicing witch. I gave Coven Life to a former student in 2021 so I could put all my efforts into WOTC.

I am thankful for all the years I got to know and love our Lady. I am trying to keep WOTC the kind of website she would be proud of. I might not have everything posted every day that she had but I am trying to do my best for her and all of you dear Sisters, Brothers, and Guests. Am I succeeding?

Please leave your thoughts and memories of Lady of the Abyss in the comments section below as we honor her crossing into the Summerlands 4 years ago.

c. 2018 A Laugh for Today – In Regards to Dealing With People………The Witch Said What?

Flashback 2018 – A Thought for Today – You’re On A Witchcraft Page(I Love This One)……………..The Witch Said What?

This comes to us thanks to Lady of the Abyss. Originally posted on WOTC on June 10, 2018.

Dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may the Great Mother and Great Father, Lord and Lady, bless you and your family with all things positive!

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Sunday

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.

Spell for Today – Breaking Spells – Candle Pentagram

You’ll need to set this spell out on a table or altar space that won’t be disturbed for the duration of the spell. Your supplies are:

  • Salt (fine, not coarse)
  • 5 white candles
  • Rosemary (oil or herbs)

On your table, sprinkle a fine line of salt to draw a pentacle. It doesn’t have to be perfect but try to get it somewhat symmetrical. At each point of the star, add a few drops of rosemary oil or a sprinkle of dry rosemary (yes, right on the table top). Then set 1 white candle at each point.

Light each candle, starting with the one at the top. After each one, say the words:

By the dark and the light
Your spell ends tonight

Let the candles burn for one hour, then snuff them out. Do the same thing the next time, except let them burn all the way out.

Leave the candle stubs in place for another 5 days, so the entire spell is in place for a week. After that, any negative magick against you will be gone.

If curse breaking spells aren’t exactly what you are looking for, there are banishing spells or binding spells that might be more suitable for your situation.

From Free Witchcraft Spells

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Thursday

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

Aroma: Melissa, Clove, Oakmoss, Jupiter Oil, Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

Herb: Cinquefoil Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.

Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.

Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect. This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion.

 

January 22 Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Green Witch Tarot Deck and The Green Witch Tarot Companion by Ann Moura. With the art done by Kiri Ostergaard Leonard. Copyright 2015

 

Three of Pentacles – Minor Arcana

Meaning: Celebrity from skills, apprenticeship pays off, contacts, skills, artistic talent, powerful support, rewards, renown, business opportunity, possible pregnancy.

Prompt Words: Celebrity, work rewarded.

Elder Futhark Rune

From The Rune Site.

Inguz

Sound: “ng” as in “long”
Stands for: Fertility
Color: Brown (Black)
Casting meaning: This rune allows us to spread our energy out far and wide. It is a protective rune mainly for the protection of our homes. To use Inguz effectively we must learn to build up our powers over time and then release the power all at once.

Witches’ Rune

From summergoddess.wordpress.com

Harvest

The most positive stone of all, the Harvest Rune indicates the spirit of protection and good fortune.

This is a time when doorways open and obstacles are lifted. Expect an increase in all areas of your life.

Look for an opening which sets you on the right path, as well as all manner of fortunate events.

Now is the time when many of your cherished dreams will finally be realized.

The Harvest Rune promises gains and fulfillment

Look for guidance from the wise and learned

Ogham

From learnreligions.com 

Duir/Dair

D is for Duir, the Celtic tree of Oak. Like the mighty tree it represents, Duir is associated with strength, resilience and self-confidence. The Oak is strong and powerful, often dominating over its shorter neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. Some scholars say the word Duir translates to “door,” the root word of “Druid”. The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune.

In many pre-Christian societies, the Oak was often associated with the leaders of the gods–Zeus, Thor, Jupiter, and so forth. The strength and masculinity of the Oak was honored through the worship of these gods.

During the Tudor and Elizabethan eras, Oak was valued for its strength and durability, and was commonly used in construction of homes. The bark became valuable in the tanning industry, and many areas of Scotland were deforested in the rush to harvest Oak.

I Ching

Numerology

 Thirty-Six

It is very creative, sometimes a genius. It is also self-conscious, inhibited, and aloof. In spite of the 3 as its first digit, it has difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings; makes up for it with visual art or math (statistics, engineering).

Angel Number

From AngelNumbers.com

Three

Higher powers are listening to your wishes, prayers and affirmations. They are close to you and want to help. Keep your faith, manifestation of your thoughts will come when the time is right.

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

From Uni Guide

Fox

Fox symbolism and meaning include cleverness, independence, playfulness and mischievousness, beauty, protection, and good luck. Foxes inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica, so they appear in the mythologies and folklore of many cultures. In addition, the fox spirit animal is a special guides for those who feel a kinship with these beautiful creatures. In this post, you’ll learn about fox symbols and meanings, the fox spirit animal, fox mythology, and more.

January 22, 2023 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be more positive than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

JANUARY 22 birthday horoscope predicts that you are more serious than others. As you have a January 22 Aquarius birthday, you adapt to the situation at hand. As long as it is interesting, you are attentive. It is one your better qualities. You love to socialize and be able to share your experiences with others. You love being with people.

The charming January 22 birthday personality brings people to the table, and their originality keeps them there. They soon discover how smart you are but that you have a nonconformist attitude. You value your freedom and ideals.

To my surprise, Aquarians can be relentless and near-sighted in their reasoning. Your convictions can be intense, but you seem to develop a broad following for your forum. January 22 birthday personality make friends who will admire them, but typically, they are not interested in retaining most friendships.

The Aquarius love compatibility with other zodiac signs can become quite chaotic. You attract the glamorous type. You like people who are like you. Any attempt to alter your qualities will not end well. You have been known to show your dark side whether it is an outburst of anger or just plain old pouting when people mess with you.

Stop being so sensitive, Aquarius…please. Alas, Aquarians have a serious side to them that can without explanation turn into depression. It happens quite suddenly and almost without warning. January 22 horoscope warns you from getting upset without reason. Getting emotional is not acceptable at all.

You see, Aquarians with birthday January 22, take on many personality changes. With a huff and a puff, you can change your mind about something. Others are not as quick as you are and that makes you a little impatient with them.

Believing your way of thinking is ahead of time, you are often misunderstood. You tend to see the world in an objective light to find balance and understanding in it. It is how you approach all phases of your life.

As the Aquarius birthday claims, at first, the January 22 born will come across as a refined or a laid-back individual. Born under the Aquarius sun sign, you are unpredictable. You tire easily of the day-to-day routines.

Ranging from the way you dress to your professional career goals and personal life, you have to approach it differently. It is so easy for you to get bored with a situation. Your zodiac sign is impulsive as you hold many interests. You probably have a tough time trying to find a career that keeps its appeal.

When you come into your home, it is like taking refuge to what is neat, organized and beautiful. The Aquarian home environment is impressive and is as charming as you are.

If you can tell anything about a person from their homes, you would make a fantastic impression. When they visit, people find your home and family life to be as different as day and night compared to your workplace. The future of person who born on January 22 will be full of fun and happiness.

According to your January 22 horoscope, your natural talents are plentiful and so are the opportunities for successful careers. You love to travel. Maybe a career in tourism is better suited to you. You love nature. Perhaps a tour guide or flight attendant would give you temporary pleasure.

It is possible that a creative outlet will bring you the most fulfillment. Aquarians with January 22 zodiac are amazing. You aspire to be top in your field.

Summarizing, January 22 birthday horoscope shows that you are talented and usually enjoy the attention you get. You can find joy or beauty in everything. Your artistic nature develops your ability to see this.

Some people dislike the rain while you can see the beauty in the liquid sunshine. You set standards that are above the rest. With your stick-to-it-ness, you can complete the many goals you set for yourself usually resulting in good fortunes.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On January 22

Francis BaconBill BixbySam CookeGuy Fieri, Jazzy Jeff, Diane LaneSteve PerryU Thant

See: Famous Celebrities Born On January 22

This Day That Year – January 22 In History

1837 – Syria earthquake kills thousands.
1931 – The first Governor-General of Australia (Sir Isaac) is sworn in.
1945 – Burma highway reopens.
1956 – A train crash in Los Angeles and kills 30 people.

January 22 Kumbha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

January 22 Chinese Zodiac TIGER

January 22 Birthday Planet

Uranus is your ruling planet. It brings about innovation and changes on a large scale.

January 22 Birthday Symbols

The Water Bearer Is The Symbol Of The Aquarius Zodiac Sign

January 22 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Fool. This card symbolizes new beginnings, ventures, adventures, and journey.The Minor Arcana cards areFive of Swords and Knight of Swords.

January 22 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Aquarius: This is a very friendly and positive match.

You are not compatible with people born under ScorpioThis is a relationship between two people with entirely different thinking.

See Also:

January 22 Lucky Numbers

Number 4 – This number is known for its practicality, responsibility and organization skills.
Number 5 – This is a very innovative, original and resourceful number.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For January 22 Birthday

Silver: This color represents wealth, prestige, innocence, compassion and love.
Turquoise: This is a refreshing color that stands for calmness, peace, creativity, love, and spirituality.

Lucky Days For January 22 Birthdays

Saturday – Planet Saturn‘s day and symbolizes foundation for future projects.
Sunday – Planet Sun‘s day that symbolizes an inspiration for future creations.

January 22 Birthstone

Amethyst is said to be the gemstone of spirituality and transformation.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gift For People Born On January 22

An excellent GPS for the man and an evening gown for the lady. This January 22 birthday personality is very technology friendly.

January 21, 2023 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be more positive than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

JANUARY 21 birthday horoscope predicts that you are irreplaceable! The January 21 birthday zodiac sign is Aquarius – the Water Bearer. You give the appearance of being one cool cat. You have this internal magnet that draws people toward you. You cannot go anywhere that people do not know you. You walk into a room and own it. You are one famous personality.

As people have this impression of you, those that do not know you would say you are stuck on yourself. In all actuality, you are entertaining loving, humorous and lovable individuals. Aquarius, you seem to encompass many attractive qualities or so says the January 21 horoscope.

The January 21 birthday personality are smart and beautiful, but you can be somewhat unconventional in your way of thinking and doing things. You have significant close relationships with friends and family. They are your source of strength and companionship.

January 21 zodiac, you are number eleven in the astrological tree. This zodiac sign is known as the Water Bearer. My dear Aquarius, you are a natural born leader. Even though your personal life is important to you, you place it on the back burner for your career.

You are too intelligent and talented for your abilities to go to waste. You think that your talents should be used for the greater good of the people so, you share the rewards with others. You love it when people are attracted to you for your brain rather than your sex appeal.

The January 21 horoscope says that you are more traditional in romantic affairs than other Aquarians. You very much want to pair up rather than be another notch on the post. When someone sparks your interest, you are passionate and hopeful that it results in a love commitment.

Because of your popularity and your emotional brick wall, it is hard for you to maintain a new romantic relationship. It is as if those with January 21 birthday push people away or choose those that they cannot have to begin with. Can it be that when things start to go your way, you mess it all up? It is something to think about. Otherwise, you are a reasonable and objective Aquarian.

You are the “go-to” person. Friends, family and your subordinates know they can count on you. With your charm, you possess those qualities to rub noses with the right people. Your tireless pursuit of success, money and perhaps, notoriety, keeps you busy. You need to take some time off too.

With all you have going on, January 21 birthday personality can be moody at times and understandably so. In your quest for these goals, you hate to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you feel bad when you lash out at someone you love. The truth of the matter is that the ruthless nature of success is that other people get hurt. You want to live a lifestyle uncommon to your upbringing, so you take with you a determination to beat the odds.

The Aquarius birthday astrology analysis for today says that you have to be resourceful to come up with new and profitable ideas as those born on January 21. Most of which are risky. You always have had a flair for the unusual. The future of person who born on 21 January will be unique and different

You need to advance, and so, you try to come up with new ways of improving, building or manufacturing things. Being the observant Aquarius that you are, you have learned important life lessons. It could be where you developed your leadership qualities.

What your birthday says about you is that you have come quite a long way. But you still have not found that one thing that drives you out of bed in the morning. There are many job opportunities you want to involve yourself in.

You are talented enough to become an instructor, a politician, speaker, or someone in the healthcare industry. You could be a gifted songwriter or have the ability to sing. The decision lies with you. Whatever it ends up being, you will be great!

Some would say that being born on January 21 makes you a stimulating Aquarius. I would say so! Your energy is incredible. You juggle different goals and give each your best. It would drive some other Aquarians crazy, but it is your sanity.

Speaking of your sanity, you tend to hold grudges. Aquarius you need to let go. It is in the past. Make your peace with it and move on. Do a little spring-cleaning so you can get something new in its place. Get a haircut or a new color while you are at it. Change can be good.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On January 21

Ethan AllenChristian DiorBenny HillEric Holder, Stonewall Jackson, Hakeem Olajuwon,  Telly Savalas

See: Famous Celebrities Born On January 21

This Day That Year – January 21 In History

1677 – In Boston, the first medical pamphlet is published (information on smallpox).
1899 – Opel built its first vehicle.
1927 – An opera house in Faust, Chicago has first national broadcast.

January 21 Kumbha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

January 21 Chinese Zodiac TIGER

January 21 Birthday Planet

Your Ruling planet is Uranus, the planet of rebellion. Be prepared for sudden changes in your life.

January 21 Birthday Symbols

The Water Bearer Is The Symbol Of The Aquarius Zodiac Sign

January 21 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The World. This card shows completion, success, rewards and a need to contemplate before making decisions. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Swords and Knight of Swords.

January 21 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Libra: This is a very understanding match between two people who appreciate each other.

You are not compatible with people born under CancerThis is a challenging and demanding relationship.

See Also:

January 21 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This is a powerful number known to live life to the fullest.
Number 4 – This is an efficient and organized number known for its excellent management skills.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For Birthday On January 21

Purple: This color is associated with royalty, luxury, ambition, and power.
Mauve: This color stands for spiritual consciousness, justice and the will to aspire to higher goals.

Lucky Days For January 21 Birthday

Saturday – Planet Saturn‘s day stands for foundation, competence, power, ambition, and permanence.
Thursday – Planet Jupiter‘s day that symbolizes expansion, intelligence, luck, and optimism.

January 21 Birthstone Amethyst

Amethyst is a gemstone that symbolizes calmness, clarity, and soberness.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gift For People Born On January 21

A book of world politics for the man and crystal jewelry for the woman. This January 21 birthday personality is always on the go.

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Monday

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood
Herb: Moonwort

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.

Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.