I have been so consumed with the store, organizing events, and finalizing my Salem tour that I haven’t had a chance to post something new on my blog. I am also hoping by the end of January everything will be put into place and I can return to finishing up “The Little Witch’s Curriculum” before the summer. This would put me around Imbolc. I can honestly say this is not one of my favorites of the Wheel but I do still celebrate it with my group. I also have my own specific practice for this time of the year. I use this “Festival of Lights” to burn off all of the last year’s candles to end or release their magick through one ritual. Although in my own personal practice, I don’t necessarily follow the “Wiccan” Wheel of the year as much as I used to, this year I want (need) to return back to having a more structured spiritual practice. This “resolution” for the year really wasn’t my idea, it was Hekate, who guided me to return to my beginnings. Despite an already cumbersome schedule, I do understand why and the need to do this. It isn’t so much for the religious ideals, but for the routine of ritual and practice. This homecoming would also include more Moon rituals and devotions, all of which would focus around Hekate in some way or another. Thankfully, I am not traveling this journey alone, I completely am letting her guide me every step of the way. Much of this new curve has rolled over into my group, which has been recently reinvented sort of speak as well. However, we do still hold to The Wheel of the year and enjoy the celebrating of the Sun’s path around the earth. It just now has a foundation in Hekate’s mysteries.
For this year’s group Imbolc, I plan to use this circle casting from my book “Casting Creative Magickal Circles”. I feel that this one can easily be altered to include the Phosphorus (light-bringer) or Dadophoros (torch-bearer) epithets of Hekate. The adaptations are shown in red.
Festival of Light Group Circle
Items needed: one blue(red) altar candle, one tea light candle for every participant.
Prior to your Imbolc ritual request that every participant brings one tea light to the ritual.
Before starting make sure that all participants have their candles in hand. When ready, begin in the east; the direction of the rising sun(light). Start by lighting the blue(red) altar candle saying:
“We come together in honor of the growing sun(Hekate’s growing light),
Round and round we are bound.”
Starting with the closest person light their candle off the blue(red) altar candle, direct each participant to light their candle off the person next to them. While chanting:
“Round and round we are bound!”
Continue clockwise until all candles are lit.
Once everyone’s candle is light, direct the participants to hold them up and say:
“Together we cast this circle of protection and love (light),
Round and round we are bound.
Gathered together to honor the sun (as Hekate Phosphorus, The Light Bearing Queen) .
With harm to none.”
Visualize protective and loving energy connecting each candle, then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying: “So mote it be”.
After the circle is cast direct everyone to place his or her candles on the altar for the duration of the ritual.
When you are ready to release the circle have everyone gather his or her candles. Depending on the length of your ritual some of the candles may have burnt out. Lit or unlit it will not matter for the releasing of the circle. When all participants have their candles in hand, direct them to turn facing outward away from the altar.
Say or something similar:
“We release our circle of love and light (Hekate’s light),
Out into the world.
May its light bring joy (enlightenment) to those in need.”
Direct everyone to extinguish his or her candles.
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