Happy Imbolc, witches! Falling on February 1st or 2nd, Imbolc marks the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox is celebrated by many witches & neo-pagans as a Sabbat of the Wheel of the Year. Whether or not you celebrate the Sabbats, this is an excellent time for ritual, divination and preparation for the upcoming spring season.
History of Imbolc
Imbolc began as a Gaelic tradition honoring the goddess Brigid and corresponded with the arrival of early spring and the lambing & milking season of sheep.
Brigid was a patron of fire and smithcraft, of early spring and fertility, of healing and medicine, and of poets and poetry.
On Imbolc, it was traditional to hang a Brigid’s cross on the door to invite her to visit and bless the home, and to keep a fire for her.
Eventually, Brigid was christianized into Saint Brigid, and Imbolc became her feast day.
Consider Imbolc a time to prepare for spring as the end of winter is in sight. February and March can be particularly brutal as the final months of the season, so use this time to steel yourself and renew your energy to get through them and prepare for the upcoming renewal & reemergence of spring.
This weekend, you may want to do some housewitchery, such as home protection spells. If you’d like to work with Brigid or St. Brigid, make a Brigid’s cross and give offerings to her on your altar. You could tend a flame – a candle or a fire in your fireplace, or even a bonfire outdoors – in honor of Brigid or of the impending spring. Divination of any kind is supported, but I highly recommend trying this fire scrying ritual this weekend or on the new moon on Monday.
Fire Scrying Ritual
Scrying is a form of divination in which you gaze into a mirror, a “crystal ball”, glass, water, smoke, or a flame and allow visions to come to you. It is a highly intuitive form of divination. You may want to use an herbal divination aid – lavender, damiana, mugwort, blue lotus, or kava tea can help you feel more receptive.
- Find a space that is quiet where you can perform the ritual undisturbed. Cleanse the space using whatever method works for you – sweep the floor, burn incense or smudge, etc. Turn off your phone or leave it in another room. Scrying requires focus and concentration, and interruptions or distractions will disrupt the process.
- Light a candle and gaze into the flame. Clear your mind, and whenever your attention wanders, gently bring it back to the flame. Do this until you feel relaxed and focused.
- Continue gazing into the flame. Watch its movements, its changing shape. Allow yourself to fall into a light trance. Watch for images to emerge. Don’t force, censor or try to interpret anything, just let the images to come to you.
- When you’re ready, gently pull yourself out of the trance and extinguish the flame. Record any images and messages you received, and free-write your interpretations.
- After the ritual, do something grounding – drink a glass of water, eat something, stretch, go outside.
Over the next few days or weeks, be aware of and record any synchronicities that occur from the messages you received while scrying. You may see images from your divination reappear in your dreams, in movies/books/photographs/artwork, in tarot readings, or in your day-to-day.
Are you celebrating Imbolc this year? Share your witchy rituals with us on Instagram or Facebook, & let us know your results if you try the fire scrying ritual! We hope that you have a lovely weekend. ☽