When people think of conducting a ritual, there is usually some hesitation on account of intimidation – don’t be afraid or intimidated. The knowledge required to connect to the Earth and to your gods is instinctual and already within you – it just needs to be activated. As with all things, practice makes perfect, and practice makes confident. There are many elements to consider when planning out a ritual (and we will delve into many of them) but first let’s get some general things out of the way:
The upcoming Imbolc and Ostara mark crucial points of time in the Wheel of the Year. The coming of spring is an important time that sets the stage for your entire year – not just physically, but psychologically and spiritually as well. This is why, even if you aren’t interested in rituals or complicated spellwork, to imbue magical energy into our sacred living space, and there is no better time for that than now. Planting the seeds of intention are crucial in reaping the rewards that will come as time passes into the cooler months later on through the year. Setting the right intentions, and inviting the right type of energy into your home are all important elements of “spring cleaning.”
Why not imbue your spring cleaning with a little witchy aesthetic and magic? Read on for our top picks!
Altars are the points on earth where the physical and spiritual meet, where the metaphysical and the concrete are united in a tangible space. Searching across the internet and the wide array of books available points to many possible items that could grace your altar – from athames, to god and goddess statues, candles, pentagrams and many other items – and these are great, but for many of us, space is not as readily available, the budget isn’t unlimited, our lifestyles don’t accommodate due to travel or other requirements, among many other circumstances. For example, for some people it is simply not possible to have a full altar on display because of living conditions – family and roommates certainly complicate things! Whatever your reason, know that altars don’t need to be elaborate or costly to be effective. Altars can be your main places of worship, meditative and reflective corners, creative outlets, places to communicate with and honor deities, or just places you visit to connect with nature or even yourself. Altars are, in a sense, magical points that allow us to communicate with the world beyond that which we see in our day to day lives. As with all magical endeavors, the more personalized and specific the elements on your altar, the more you can hope to get out of it.
Imbolc is regarded as one of the eight Sabbats or festivals from the Wheel of the Year. It is usually celebrated mid-winter as a way to say goodbye to winter and hello to the warmth of springtime. In 2020, Imbolc will be celebrated on February 1st (or 1st August for those in the Southern Hemisphere), though this date can vary by two weeks. Before being part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Imbolc was firstly regarded as an important Gaelic festival dedicated to the Gaelic goddess, Brigid. This was a merry time, often associated with fire cleansing, making Brigid dolls out of straw and lavender, having merry feasts, and even weather divination. While this information and more is readily available in books and across the internet, what follows is a guide for the modern, cost- and time-effective witch who wishes to pay respect to the traditions that connect her to the Earth and its passage of time, without breaking the bank or asking her to go out of her way.