Imbolc means, literally, “in the belly.”
“For in the womb of the Mother Earth, hidden from our mundane sight but sensed by a keener vision, there are stirrings. The seed that was planted in her womb at the Solstice is quickening and the New Year grows.”
We had a lovely ritual, led by our newest sister, in which we thanked and marked the waning of Winter’s grasp. We planted seeds to care for as the days are getting longer, and we honored the Sun God, Lupercus the Wolf God, Brigit, and the Cailleach. Afterwards, we indulged in a lemony feast, eating the brightness of Spring in anticipation of her approach!
Seeds being warmed and charged by fire
Today’s airy altar
Today we had a lovely ritual that included a guided meditation to help us find/see members of our “spirit team.” It was a ritual full of winged creatures and a meditation with a lot of startling similarities in our experiences. Suppose it isn’t that startling; we are a coven for a reason after all!
What do you see?
Today we took a look at the divinatory art of tea leaves reading. We had ourselves a beautiful tea party, with mini sandwiches, mini quiche, mini cupcakes, and other divine food. And, of course, tea! We tried two different kinds of teas and discussed the differences between Eastern and Western methods of reading the leaves.
We had a simple ritual and then made sun ornaments for our Yule Trees.
We welcome the sun and wish that love and light shine on all of you!
Our simple altar and ornaments.
The ingredients for our cleaning magic
Being in control of your environment is a part of being a good witch. And there is no better way in doing so than making your own cleaning products. A witch who does that is being responsible in her duties to Mother Nature, is being economical and not following the marketing hype, and can decide exactly what she wants to instill in every part of her environment, via scent, color, and intent.
So that’s exactly what we did! We learned how to make several different cleaning products for the laundry, the dishes, the floors, the air, the counters, and everything in between and how to customize them for our intents and needs. Everyone got to take batches of each recipe home to try them out. It was a magically fun afternoon!
An early Lammas for us, but definitely a fun one!
Our Corn Dollies!
We celebrated the first harvest with new physical gestures to call in the Elements, using the Witch’s Pyramid, and making corn dolls. Using a unifying physical welcome for our elements was a great addition to our Quarter Calls. And though we are still new at it, it still adds to the beautiful ceremony. In addition, we experimented with eliciting Spirit with a special blue flame using a liqueur our newest sister introduced to us. Very cool!
Making the corn dolls was a lot more fun than any of us really expected. Each doll was so unique and uniquely our own. We had a lot of fun using embellishments and experimenting with yarn hairstyles. We all made representations of the Mother this harvest and look forward to making the rest of the Triple Goddess throughout the year!
Afterwards we did, indeed, have a wonderful feast!
Today we began our new year as a new coven. Last night we said good-bye to one of our wonderful sisters who had been with us since day one. It was a very sad moment, but filled with happy horizons as she travels her path to a new home and a new career. We wish her every bright blessing!
Now we welcome a new sister to our group. We are very happy to finally have her join us (the wait for the new year was hard for us!). We now have sisters in every level, including a brand new Elder. We have great plans this year and we look forward to it!