Happy Imbolc!! This is actually one of my favorite holidays. Well, actually I enjoyed it a lot more when I lived up north as it really was a time where you knew that you were half way through Winter. Especially when Groundhog's Day would be so close and you'd be hoping that he didn't see his shadow and Spring would come early. And it looks like this year it's happening as Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow! But not so fast, technically the start of Spring is March 20th when the Sun moves into Aries at the Spring Eqiunox (Ostara). Which even if he did happen to see his shadow and there would be 6 more weeks of Winter, it's still about the same amount of time anyways!!
Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, Brigantia, Lupercus, Disting and various other names for different countries and traditions! All the celebrations revolve around the banishment of Winter. Brigid, Brighde, Brigit, or Brede; among other spellings, is the primary Goddess associated with this holiday and her name means "bright one". She is a triple Goddess in that she has the qualities of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. She is the Goddess of inspiration, creativity, poetry, prophecy, healing/medicine, fertility, fire, smithcrafting, and other crafts. I like to think of her as a can do crafty Mom! Brigid's Crosses are popular to make at this time and actually are very easy, click HERE to learn how! Traditionally they are made to protect the house from fire, but they also associated with keeping away disease and negativity and for protection in general. I actually posted a pic earlier on Facebook of the Dalai Lama holding up a Brigid's Cross while he has been visiting Ireland!
At this time it is good to welcome change! Get yourself out of old ruts and shake up your routine! It might not be the time to delve into Spring cleaning just yet, but you could change some things up such as painting a room, buying some new curtains or bedding, or even some organizational items. This is a time to be celebrating the things that are yet to be born and are waiting to be awakened from Winter's cold slumber. So with that, here is a candle spell for inspiration!!
✪ Spell for Inspiration✪ Items needed: 3 candles; 1 to represent the Goddess (dark blue or silver), 1 to represent you, and 1 for the inspirational focus. See my post on Manifesting with Candle Magick for a listing of candle colors!!
Arrange the candles in a triangle with the inspirational candle at the top, the Goddess candle to the right (the active side; as She will help guide you to your goal!), and your candle to the bottom left point (the receptive side). Light your candles in the reverse order as placed; left (you), Goddess (right), inspiration (top). Take a moment to focus on your goal and then say the following:
"Candle bright, burning fire.
Shine within me and inspire.
Listen to the words I speak,
and clear a path to what I seek.
Let my wishes all come true,
as they burn so bright with you!
For the good of all with harm to none,
as I will, let it be done!"
If you are looking for inspiration for writing or other craft work, try doing some while the candles are burning! The energy will be amplified if you start putting some of the work in immediately during the spell itself. Continue to let the candles burn down for as long as possible, preferably completely. But if you can't, take any remnants and either bury them in some dirt, throw them in a body of water, or just toss them in the trash!
I hope this holiday blesses you with an awakening inspiration and transformation! And if you would like me to personalize some spellwork for you or would like me to take a look at any pressing matter you might have or you would like to enjoy some healing, take a look at my services page or send me a message at my email or facebook and I'd be happy to assist you!