So, no fresh flowers and none of the things I used to put out for Imbolc, but I am soooo ready in my soul. What to do?
How To Imbolc On Less Than A Shoestring?
*A side note: I'm having some trouble transferring some photos, but I will add photos of my altar, hopefully tomorrow, or possibly this evening.
- Whites and Reds. White is the melting snow. Red, the returning sun.
- A Brigid’s Cross. Corn Dollies.
- Fresh flowers are lovely, flower crowns (A Brigid’s Crown), etc. Daffodils or other bulb flowers would be my go to if I could.
- Traditional Imbolc stones and crystals include: Bloodstone, Garnet, Amethyst, Quartz, Moonstone, Peridot, Onyx, Turquoise and Ruby. I have most of these boxed up in storage but, luckily I have a few here that will do nicely.
- Candles are a big element since Imbolc is a Festival of Light! It’s lovely to have white, green and red. I have a few that will work so I am good there. 5 white candles in a wheel shape representing the 5 points of the pentacle (earth, air, water, fire spirit) are traditional to place in the center of an altar.
- Floral scents are great at Imbolc, cream and honey scents, sandalwood and myrrh resin are all good candle or incense scents to have on your altar. I’ll definitely be burning some rose, lavender and sandalwood incense.
- Herbs: If you can put herbs, especially healing herbs on the imbolc altar, that is a lovely touch.
- Caldrons and/or Chalices: Caldrons for burning, for offerings and chalices with spring water to represent her healing water. (Yes tap water is ok)
- A small anvil or hammer. Sometimes an iron nail is used.
- A willow wand or a wand that hints at *cough* “fertility”
- Animals: Swan, Cow, sheep.
- A goddess statue. Fairies.
- Poetry: Yours or poetry books.
- Offerings of cheese, milk, bread, blackberries, honey, apples
Imbolc is a joyous celebration, but it is also a good time to dig deep and come to terms with things you have been avoiding
Today, will be the time that I sit down and focus on new goals for 2019. I’m not a resolution person, but goals, I can do. One of the things I have started to focus on which seems perfect for Imbolc, in particular, is to ask Brigid for assistance with doing some deep evaluation and letting go of some of the people and things I’m still connected to from C.A.Y.A. Coven. Last year, when things blew apart, I actually had the urge to reconnect, but now I think that only a few of these people are going to be good connections in my life moving forward. There was a lot of toxic crap and I am going to be healing for a long time.
It's time to burn some things away!
Besides this emotional waffling, I've received messages that are much more blunt; finding things that I either made or received during my time in C.A.Y.A. or purchased from the store Rabbit managed, that are damaged or ruined. I recently pulled a box worth about $50 full of seven - day candles from storage only to discover mice had invaded the box, chewed on and shit in all the candles. I had been holding onto these items because I knew they would be hard to replace with my limited income. The truth is, they were also in storage because deep down I knew they were tainted and I didn't want to use them.
Yes, it’s time to let go. I’ll still process. I’ll still write about my experience and I will still warn people about this narcissistic, con-artist and predator.
What I will do tonight:
- I’ll meditate on winter and on the return of light and warmth before I start working on all the big stuff
- I’ll light my candles!
- I'll make a small food and libation offering.
- Set my healing intention. Also, forgiveness and gratitude.
- I’m also going to set some intentions for my creative work this year.
- I may write a poem
- I’ll do some petitions for healing for others as well.
- I’ll do a reading for Imbolc.
- I won’t have much in the way of a “feast” but I’ll drink some wine.
What about my altar?
I also didn’t have any flowers so I improvised by draping a floral scarf with a white background across the front of the dresser that I'm using as the altar. I also used a little unicorn headband that has flowers on it to add a feeling of spring. Also since the unicorn represents Scotland another area where Brigid is sacred Oh, I thought it worked. I also hung a image of a tea set covered with flowers that also works because it includes a crystal ball and some tarot cards.
I couldn't find my cauldron but I do have an incense brazier. I placed a small basket which is kind of a cauldron shape that I will be putting messages and requests for Brigid into. I have a blue and white tray holding some of the items that I can also put offerings on and there is a green glass chalice filled with fresh water.
There are five candles although they're not in the the wheel pattern; a red candle in the center of the altar, a really yummy smelling green pillar candle, two white votives and a gorgeous Imbolc candle that I got from Midnight By Verbena on Etsy! Thanks Clarissa! Just look at how beautifully it is dressed, and it smells amazing!
You can find more of Clarissa’s fabulous scented creations HERE at Midnight By Verbena's Etsy store!
Speaking of crafty witches, Lauren Wolfe, who makes fabulous magical jewelry, recently started a blog and this one has some wonderful ideas for beautiful, easy ways to celebrate Imbolc, including making lavender milk! HERE: is her, "Hello There February" post.
If you want some context, you can find more information about the abuse by C.A.Y.A. Coven's former high priestess HERE. Note: while this site does contain things I have written, I am not associated with it in any way and don't know who has compiled it.