A symbol of the season, such as a representation of a snowflake, a white flower,
or perhaps some snow placed on the altar. An
orange candle, anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense, or rosemary oil,
unlit, should also be there. Snow
can be melted and used for the water during circle casting.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones
Recite the Blessing Chant.
Invoke the Goddess and God.
such words as the following:
This is the time of the feast and torches,
every lamp blazes and shines
welcome the rebirth of the God.
celebrate the Goddess,
celebrate the God;
its mantle of sleep.
Light an orange taper from the red candle on the altar (or at the
Southern point of the circle). Slowly
walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you.
Say these or similar words:
All the land is
wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and
Frost envelopes the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn
Of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of fertility.
Hail Great God!
Hail and welcome!
Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle.
Gaze at its flame. Visualize
your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.
If you need to look into the future or the past, now is an ideal time.
Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple
The circle is
It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to
light every lamp in the house – of only for a few moments.
Or, light candles in each room in honor of the Sun’s rebirth.
Alternately, light a kerosene lamp with red chimney and place this in a
prominent part of the home or in a window.
If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment, recalling the
warmth of summer. With you
projective hand, trace an image of the Sun on the snow.
Foods appropriate to eat on this day include those from the dairy, since Imbolc
marks the festival of calving. Sour
cream dishes are fine. Spicy and
full-bodied foods in honor of the Sun are equally attuned.
Curries and all dishes made with peppers, onion, leeks, shallots, garlic
or chives are appropriate. Spiced
wines and dishes containing raisins – all foods symbolic of the Sun – are
Taken from, “Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott