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Thursday, February 13

Imbolc Rite of Healing Waters



My original inspiration was from The Druid's Garden.  They have a ritual called "The Healing Waters of Renewal".  It was a bit more wordy and drawn out than I'm used to, so I read through it and then changed what didn't work for me.  If I didn't have time or supplies for what was listed, I changed it.

While looking around on Pinterest (my only addiction that rivals Facebook!), I saw images of healing crystal grids.  I looked into them and decided it would be appropriate for our circle.

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This is the ritual used by Mama Stacey for Imbolc 2014.

IMBOLC RITUAL OF HEALING WATERS
- to inspire healing of the self and the Earth -


 


Items needed we used:

Sage Bundle 
Feather
Red Candle
Lighter
Small Ceramic Bowl 
Spring Water
Mortar & Pestle
Sea Salt
White Votives
Elemental Candle Holders (4)
Elemental Decorations (sea shells, feathers, plants, etc.)

Crystal Grid (made by drawing a geometric pattern on posterboard with some crayons)
Green Stemware (2)
Blue Stemware (2)
Small Blue Glass Bowl
Quartz Crystals in various sizes and shapes
Selenite Sphere
Fluorite (2) (placed in the north)
Jasper (2) (placed in the south)
Unakite (2) (placed in the west)
Amethyst (2) (placed in the east)
Jar of Melted Snow 
Cotton Balls

Singing Bowl
Deity Candles (2)
Athame
Besom
Large Chalice
Plate of homemade sugar cookies
Shot glasses
Bottle of Wine (we also put some pink lemonade out)
Altar Decorations related to Imbolc and Healing (we had gorgeous beads, spirals, Earth images, etc.)


CIRCLE CASTING

We began with everyone gathering around the altar.  Everyone took a brief moment to describe what in their lives needed healing, whether it be emotional, physical, or what-have-you.  Then we dried some tears and began.

One deep, cleansing breath.  Slowly, in and out.
“As you breathe out, feel your feet root into the Earth.  Let Her support you.”

Second deep, cleansing breath.  Slowly, in and out.
“Let all the tension inside of you drain out through your feet.  Let Her take it away.”

Third deep, cleansing breath.  Slowly, in and out.
“Let the love and light from the heavens pour down you.  Let Him rinse you clean, from the crown of your head to the roots of your feet.  Let it flow.”

Walk the circle with a broom, clockwise.  (Mama Stacey begins in the East.)
“I cast this circle once around, all within by magick bound.
A sacred space, a healing place, safe from harm by Spirit’s grace.”

The elemental candles are lit by whoever is closest.  Afterwards, representations are held up.  Sage bundle and feather in the East.  Red candle and lighter in the South.  Bowl of fresh water and sprig of rosemary in the West.  Bowl of coarse sea salt and mortar and pestle in the North. 
A nugget of salt is placed in the mortar and ground.  The powdered salt is sprinkled into the bowl of fresh water and stirred.  The circle is walked clockwise, using the rosemary sprig as an aspergillum.
“We trace a path with earth and water, a boundary line of gods and man.”

The red candle is lit and the sage bundle ignited.  The circle is walked clockwise, using the feather to waft the sage smoke around.
“We conjure thee by air and fire, a circle now around us stands.”

Light the Goddess candle.
“In the name of She who watches.”

Light the God candle.
“In the name of He who stands.”

Point the athame upwards, above center of altar and then touch it to the ground at your feet.
“As above, from crown of heaven, now below it is revealed.”

Walk the circle with the athame, clockwise.
This circle bright is bound around, while Spirit works its mighty plan.  Blessed Be!”


RITUAL
  
“We gather today to invoke the healing powers of Imbolc.  We work to heal ourselves and the Earth.  Healing belongs to the element of water.  During this time of Imbolc, the waters once again begin to flow as the first stirrings of spring occur.  

To perform our healing, we bring forward waters from the first snow that fell this season.  It has been filtered and charged under the light of the moon.  We also bring forward crystal and gemstones from our homes.”

Take the pitcher of water and hold it high in the North.
This water represents the need for purification of body.  In the course of life, we build up many toxins, disease, and illness.  As you bathe your wrists, allow your sickness, illness, or toxins in your body to be purified in the spirit of the water.”

Pour a little water into the north vessel. Pass it around the circle clockwise.  All participants dip their fingers into it and spread water onto their wrists.
“With this water, my body is purified.”(This can be said after each participant, at each quarter, or when the vessel has made its way all the way around the circle.)

The vessel is placed in the north on the crystal grid.  The Northern stones are placed at its base.  The singing bowl is rung.

Take the pitcher of water and hold it high in the East.
“This water represents the need for purifying the mind.  In the course of daily living, we build up painful memories, stress, hatred, and other things we have difficulty in letting go. As you bathe your forehead, let these painful memories, stress, and negative emotions be washed away.”

Pour a little water into the east vessel. Pass it around the circle clockwise.  All participants dip their fingers into it and spread water onto their foreheads (third eye).
“With this water, my mind is purified.”(This can be said after each participant, at each quarter, or when the vessel has made its way all the way around the circle.)

The vessel is placed in the east on the crystal grid.  The Eastern stones are placed at its base.  The singing bowl is rung.

Take the pitcher of water and hold it high in the South.
This water represents the need for purifying the heart.  The passions and goals we keep in our hearts can become tainted by stress, hatred and grudges.  When we align our hearts with these things, we poison hearts and anything we pour them into.  As you spread water on your chest, free your heart of hatred, negativity and vendettas.”

Pour a little water into the south vessel. Pass it around the circle, clockwise.  All participants dip their fingers into it and rub a little water onto their chest (heart).
“With this water, my heart is purified.”(This can be said after each participant, at each quarter, or when the vessel has made its way all the way around the circle.)

The vessel is placed in the south on the crystal grid.  The Southern stones are placed at its base.  The singing bowl is rung.

Take the pitcher of water and hold it high in the West.
This water represents the need for purification of soul.  In the course of life, our souls become tarnished by toxic relationships, crushed dreams, and traumatic events.   As you bathe your eyes, the windows to the soul, let the stains be washed away.  Let your soul break free from the dead weights of heartache and disease in the spirit of the water.”

Pour a little water into the western vessel. Pass it around the circle, clockwise. 
All participants dip a cotton ball into it and wipe over their eyes. 
“With this water, my soul is purified.”(This can be said after each participant, at each quarter, or when the vessel has made its way all the way around the circle.)

The vessel is placed in the west on the crystal grid.  The Western stones are placed at its base.  The singing bowl is rung.

Takes the pitcher of water and hold it over the Center of the altar. 
This water represents the need for purification of the Earth.  Gaia has been a victim of greed and corruption.  Raped of her resources and poisoned by toxins.  She has been abused and gutted and mutated.  Today, we pray for renewal.  We bathe this sphere to wash away the ugly and bring about healing.  With this water we honor the earth and all of her blessings. May this healing water wash over 1000 fold on all of the life on Earth.”

Pour a little water over the crystal in the central vessel.
“With this water, the land is healing.”

The singing bowl is rung three times.

SIMPLE FEAST

Use the athame to draw an air pentacle over the ‘cakes’.
Lord of the harvest, bless this food that we may never hunger.”

Use the athame to draw an air pentacle over the ‘ale’.
“Lady of abundance, bless this drink that we may never thirst.”


Participants ate & drank but reserved a bit for offering by tipping some of their wine into the large chalice and dropping in a corner of their cookie. (Poured underneath of a tree after the ritual.)


CIRCLE CLOSING

Walk the circle with the athame, counter-clockwise.
“We part this circle, all is done, magick forged by Moon and Sun.”

Extinguish the deity candles.
"Go in peace, fair Maiden. 
Go in peace, young Lord.”

Extinguish elemental candles.
“All who joined us, thanks to thee.
Go in peace and Blessed Be.”

Participants hold hands, raised.
“The circle is open, but never broken.
Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again.”

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If you have any questions, I'd be glad to answer them.  

Enjoy!

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