In the old country, our Celtic ancestors would have visited a holy spring or well at Imbolc. They may have performed simple rituals of purification and fertility. Water at Imbolc also helps us find the pathway to follow one’s dreams. When we reconnect with nature at this return of the light, we can partner with water to affect growth in our lives.
Here are seven simple ways to weave Imbolc’s promise and potential into your life at this time.
Light a sacred flame
Lighting candles at Imboc to celebrate the return of the sun is an ancient tradition, one which hearkens to an early honoring of the pre-Christian goddess Brigid. Today, in much the same way, candles are lit in honor of the Christian Virgin Mary. Perhaps you can light candles or a hearth fire and gather with family or friends.
Serve Hot Beverages
Serve up hot cider or other beverages that marry fire and water to coax warmth and flavor into chilly winter days. I find that hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows or a healing, hot herbal tea are perfect beverages to sip and reflect with anticipation as this time of awakening unfolds.
Start Your Spring Cleaning
Several of my friends have begun cleaning in advance of the spring-cleaning rush. Now is the time to de-clutter so the energy in your home flows with vitality. It’s time to clean and air out the house! Let go and let flow!
Set Your Intentions with Water
Why not visit a clean river or creek in your area, and splash a few drops over yourself as you set your own intentions this year? Journal about your experience or ask for guidance and work with divination to chart your path forward.
Make time for An Imbolc Bath Ritual
Honor the fire-water elements of Imbolc with a deep, warm bath ritual. Here is a simple, yet powerful work from Tiny Ritual that anyone can do.
Add Enagic Water to Your Daily Devotions
Drinking Enagic, or alkaline, water enhances the essential nutrition we receive from water that improves our cellular function. Drinking alkaline water as a devotion can provide deep cleansing and purification that heals our bodies from too much acidity.
If you are interested in improved cellular heath from drinking Enagic water, I am a licensed new earth Enagic water distributor, and I am happy to talk with you about my experience.
Remember that Water Remembers
Now is a good time to explore water’s capacity to carry the energy of intention and potential. One way to explore this is to revisit the works of Dr. Emoto, whose groundbreaking work “The Message of Water” on the crystalline structure of water when exposed to specific words. His work changed the way we think about the power of language, and researchers now believe that water has an infinite capacity of memory.
You can also try this “Drink Your Words” ritual for anyone starting something new.
At Imbolc, please know I am grateful for you. May you be blessed on this day and those ahead.