Light Green Taper Goddess Candle Light Yellow Taper God Candle Brass cauldron filled with snow/crushed Ice Small White Pillar Candle Potpourri Holder Tea Lite Basil, Bay, Heather Flowers, Cinnamon and Vanilla Potpourri Blend
Sweep area, moving in deosil direction. Place the light green taper Goddess candle to the top left of altar and the light yellow taper God candle to the top right of altar. Place the tea lite in the bottom of potpourri holder, and put holder at front center of the altar. Place white pillar candle in the middle of the cauldron, fill cauldron about 1"-2" with snow or crushed ice, and position on floor in front of altar. Put the container with potpourri where it can be reached easily.
Casting the Circle
Cast the circle by holding out your athame in your projective hand and tracing over the area in a clockwise direction. As you trace over the area envision flames of pure white rising up along the perimeter. When the beginning and the end join the circle is complete. Step up to the cauldron and light the white pillar candle, saying:
"Amidst the darkness the Lady is stirring, Gently awakening from frozen dreams, All the world has awaited this moment The return of the Maiden, And Her promise of oncoming Spring."
Invocation of the Elements
Call Quarters. As this is a time to honor Mother Earth as she wakes from her winter's recovery of giving rebirth to the Sun King at Yule, start with North, the element Earth. Pick up the container of potpourri, step up to the altar and pour some into the holder, saying:
"Earth with molten core of light, With strength and purpose, inspire my rite. Powers of Earth, the Maiden awakens! Come join the circle and share in the light. Oh Spirit of Earth, be within me!"
Ring the bell three times.
"Oh great Goddess and God, All nature vibrates with Your energies And the Earth is bathed with warmth and life. Now is time of forgetting past cares and banes, Now is the time for purification. Oh fiery Sun, Burn away the non-useful, the hurtful, the bane, In Your glorious power. Purify me! Purify me! Purify me!"
Put the container back where it was. Light the candle at the North point of the circle. Continue, by waving your hand over the potpourri as if to create a breeze on which to carry the scent, saying:
"Winds of East, fan flames of light To fire my thoughts, inspire my rite. Powers of Air, the Maiden awakens! Come join the circle and share in the light. Oh Spirit of Air, be within me!"
Light the candle at the East point of the circle. Light the tea candle in the bottom of the potpourri holder, saying:
"Fires of South, burn high, burn bright. Charge my will, inspire my rite. Powers of Fire, the Maiden awakens! Come join the circle and share in the light. Oh Spirit of Fire, be within me!"
Light the candle at the South point of the circle. Pour some water into the holder with the potpourri, saying:
"Waves that reflect the fiery light Flow with compassion, inspire my rite. Powers of Water, the Maiden awakens! Come join the circle and share in the light. Oh Spirit of Water, be within me!"
Light the candle at the West point of the circle. Take the white pillar candle from the cauldron and invoke the Goddess and the God by lighting the light green Goddess candle and the light yellow God candle with the white pillar candle, saying:
"Be with me now, oh Ancients, eternal, Hear now my prayers, hopes and dreams. The Goddess has wakened, once more as the Maiden By loving caresses from the strengthened Sun King."
Place the white pillar candle back in the cauldron.
"The Earth now grows warmer, as the Wheel again turns And as each passing day adds strength, To the Sun King's rays The Maiden, of his gift of life, now silently does yearn.
Behold the God and Goddess, Lord of the Forest and his Bride, Once again the Earth is blessed With life anew inside. Seeds shall soon begin to sprout And creatures shall young bear For this is the Promise, the Cycle of Life That is born of the love They share."
Now is the time for meditation and any spell workings. Spell workings associated with Imbolc include those for fertility, defining and focusing on goals for the future, organization, health, and protection.
Ceremony of the Cakes and Wine
"I bless these cakes in the name of the Lord, the Horned God, the Sun King Bless these cakes in your name. As I say so mote it be.
I bless this wine in the name of the Lady, the Triple Goddess, the Witch Queen Bless this wine in your name As I say so mote it be."
The Closing of the Circle
Thank the God and Goddess for Their presence and snuff their candles. Thank and release the Quarters, saying:
"Though you leave this circle, tonight, Water, Fire, Air, and Earth Your symbols shall linger on a while Blessing my home and hearth. The herbs that scent this room tonight, Were chosen with loving care, To bless me, my family and my friends, And my sisters and brothers everywhere."
Step back from the altar and face the cauldron with the white pillar candle still burning brightly saying:
"I honor Thee, Maiden, most blessed Bride As your candle burns through this night And thank you for the renewed life you offer us all As you emerge from the dark to the light."
Release the circle. Clean up, place the cauldron from the floor onto the middle of the altar. Let the candle burn out by itself. Place the potpourri in a spot where its scent and blessings fill the house.
Imbolc Incense #1
3 parts frankincense
2 parts dragon's blood
1/2 part red sandalwood
1 part cinnamon
a few drops red wine
To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dried) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc.