Often people get caught up in the idea that a festival must be celebrated on the actual Sabbat day. Which means that if they for some reason can’t celebrate a Sabbat on the actual day, they don’t celebrate it at all. And if they are not feeling the vibe that the season is supposed to be bringing, they may feel like they are not a true pagan/priest-ess/witch. So they just sort of hop over it. Then, feelings of guilt and frustration might set in. And perhaps, feeling undeserving,they walk away for the path, for a while. What a shame.
Others, myself included, consider a Sabbat to be a representation of a season or the turning of the wheel. After many years I find that I am often attuned to the energies and ebb and flow, whether I want to be or not. But sometimes it takes a little time. And that makes sense. When Imbolc comes around, should we all then be ready for initiation? Imbolc is tomorrow. Are we all feeling cleansed, purified ready? All of us the same time?
I try to prioritise the Festivals now, but when I cannot to this I will acknowledge them in some way. Then take the time to give the season proper attention when I feel ready, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually to do so. If I am just not feeling ready I might spend some time examining my life…. current events, energy movement, focus, activities, and find out that (aha) actually I have been doing little purifications all the long. If time passes and I am never ready, then I need to work wih that stagnation. I might do a ritual around self inquiry and moving forward. But I will always try to celebrate in some way, at some point during the month that the festival occurs.
Here are 5 simple ways to celebrate Imbolc this weekend…..whether you are ready or not!
1. Clean something in your home. Honour the sacredness of your hearth in some way.
It could be your kitchen, a cupboard, your bedside table. You were probably going to do this anyway and were wondering where you were going to get the time to have a tidy home and be spiritual. Combine the two. Do it mindfully.Do with with love. As a priestess: offer this as a gift…to the Goddess within, to Bridget of the Hearth.To yourself. Imagine: An organised bedside table drawer filled with nurturing things, just for you; for when times are hard or you just can’t sleep.
Whatever you choose: feel cleansed and take that feeling into the rest of your week.
2. Go for a walk.
Engage in nature, in the spirit of the season. Where to you see cleansing? Where do you see renewal? Where do you see transformation, small surges of growth? How has the light changed?
3. Carry out the most effective house cleansing ever
Imbolc is a festival of fire, but also the season of air. This can been keenly felt where I live. In february winds are typical of the shifting of tides in the Northern Hemisphere. Open all the windows in your home, just briefly. Invite in the breath of inspiration and renewal. Breath deeply. Feel the energy prickly playfully on your skin.
This is the best home cleansing I know of.
4. Light up the portals.
Traditionally women crafted more candles in the lead up to february. At Imbolc, or Candlemas, candles were burnt in each window of the home, as a welcome to Bridget as well as a celebration of returning light. Light a tealight or candle in one or several windows in your for a little while, and reflect on illumination and what this means to you. Obviously consider fire safety before you do this, keep an eye on the candles and do not take any unnecessary risks.
5. Embrace Bridget as Muse
Listen to the beautiful breathy voice of Enya. If you are not in a mood for transformation and reflection yet, this will do it! 🙂 And while you are doing this, consider one single thing that is no longer serving you. Release it from your life.
Warmest and Brightest Blessings for Imbolc,
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How do you celebrate Imbolc…please share ideas in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!