Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Imbolc Activities

This year most of the United States will be under a blizzard warning for Imbolc. So the weather limits the activities we can do for this Sabbat, but there are still plenty of activities that you can do for this day.

The book Circle Round, which my family and I absolutely love, has several ideas for Imbolc such as making Brigit Dolls (Bride Dolls) using the last sheaf of wheat or grain from the last harvest the previous summer.  We used corn for our doll this year.  After crafting the corn doll, my family and I write down on small slips of paper what we would like to see accomplished this year.  Things we want to acheive or come to pass.  After we've all written these down, the slips of paper are then folded and stuffed into the doll.  Later on in the evening at the conclusion of our Imbolc ceremony and feast, we have a small bonfire to the goddess where we light the doll and let her carry our wishes, hopes, and desires to the Goddess.  If the weather doesn't permit an outdoor fire we will do a small indoor cauldron fire.

Chakra rainstick from
last year
 Another activity to do is to make a rainstick.  Rainsticks are an excellent item to have this time of year. Shaking the stick, we call the Spring rains forward to hasten spring and chase away the winter snow.    This is also a good time of year to make candles.  We always replenish our candle supply during the week of Imbolc.  We block aside about three days of just making candles.  Tapers are the easiest to make, but all types will come in handy for the year.  Be creative and create a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  A witch can never have too many candles.  Have a blessed Imbolc.