Imbolc

Its Been Awhile…!

Well today is Imbolc… Fair to say it kinda snuck up on me in all the chaos after the move and starting the new job.

But what to do, what to do?

Here are some of the main things Wiccans suggest:

Imbolc

Now alas I am away from home, so spring cleaning and cleansing my sacred space are off the list, BUT!

I’m ALL FOR planning my spring planting!

I want to “try” to grow some plants now that my new apartment has more light, as well as re-pot my succulents little offspring.

I will admit in the past I have not been blessed with a green thumb but I have hope!

I need to better connect with my ruling element Earth and I sincerely hope that nurturing and growing plants will help!

I also found this poem that I just loved and wanted to share.

Imbolc Poem

Cheers All and Blessed Be!
Candice 🙂

Candle Magic

Candle Magic is simple and easy for any beginner witch to use for mediation, spells, or rituals!

So, I thought I would share what I have learned about candle colors and their meanings.

White

• Peace
• Purity
• Virginity
• Divination
• Healing
• Can be used to substitute any color during a ritual or spell

Black

• Binding
• Protection
• Repels Negativity
• Deep Meditation

Brown

• Grounding
• Earth Rites
• Animals
• Friendships

Silver

• Dreams
• Clairvoyance
• Intuition
• Lunar Energy
• Femininity
• The Goddess

Purple

• Psychic Ability
• Spiritual Power
• Wisdom
• Higher Forces
• Divination

Blue

• Element of Water
• Protection
• Truth
• Calming
• Communication

Green

• Element of Earth
• Physical Healing
• Luck
• Monetary Success
• Tree and Plant Magic
• Growth

Pink

• Affection
• Romance
• Caring
• Nurturing
• Friendship

Red

• Element of Fire
• Passion
• Strength
• Lust
• Courage
• Survival
• Action

Orange

• Joy
• Energy
• Good Fortune
• Feasting
• Justice
• Career Goals

Gold

• Promote Winning
• The God
• Happiness
• The Power of Male

Yellow

• The Element of Air
• Intelligence
• The Sun
• Memory
• Learning

Call of the Circle

Of course I felt the call to Cast a Circle last night… Seems simple right?

I mean usually it is, I just walk over to my handy dandy (but a little wimpy) altar, collect what I need, center myself, call the elements and cast my circle.

(tires screeching!)

Oh wait…

Yeah, so I was kinda staying at my parents house for a visit, sans altar.

But this call was strong. Something wanted me to sit down and listen. I just needed to make the space so it could speak.

Luckily, my Dad is a mild hoarder. His barn is filled with all sorts of odds and ends! So I got a flashlight and went hunting!

When I’m calling a circle, I need the elements at my side. Air to bring clarity and amplify my intuition. Fire to give me strength and courage. Earth to ground me and bring me wisdom. Water to promote reflection and self-healing.

So I had a mission, I needed representations of the elements.

Usually to represent air, I use incense.

But with none to be had, I thought about using leaves.
(I guess if they blow in the wind they count?? but seriously is there some kind of criteria? Its kind of vague. Do they have to fly a certain distance? Do you have to witness the flying in the breeze?)
You can see that didn’t work for me.
BUT!
My Dad keeps chickens!
FEATHERS!!!!

A perfect representation of the element of air.
So, I searched all over that barn for a lost feather, and in a back corner I found a beautiful grey and black feather. SUCCESS!

Now fire, I had already sorted out, but not easily.

Do you think I could find a dang candle in that farm house! Mwahaha.I was so naive.
Decorative candles as far as the eye can see!

None for actual use… I searched and searched.
I was about to settle for a white birthday candle. But in some little random closet under some VERY NOISY dishes, was a candle that was not decorative! SUCCESS!

Earth. My element. It calls me with such intensity.

I felt I needed a representation worthy of that call.
The answer was so simple, it became somewhat elegant in its simplicity. The farm. The homestead. The very ground I was walking on.
My family has been there for 160 years.
One hundred and sixty years of history worn in to the very ground.

I found a mason jar that my Grandmother had used.
I walked through the dark, to a tree, planted long ago, and dug into the ground.
Rich earth, the homestead, my home.
A worthy representation.

Water was quite easy. I used another of my Grandmothers mason jars.

Ran some water from the tap, the farm runs on well water so it felt… I don’t know. Clearer.

I was set!

And frozen…!

I scurried back inside, warmed up my fingers, and cast my circle!

And I listened, learned, and I grew.

Cheers!
Candice 🙂

Tarot Journal

Date: November 6, 2018

 

Deck Used:  The Goddess Tarot (graciously loaned to me by Cristina Matteis! Thank You!)

 

Spread: Past/ Present/ Future

 

General Reading or the Question Asked: I am honestly not sure what specific question I was asking, but I was reflecting on my career and my path forward.

 

Card 1: Past  Card 2: Present  Card 3: Possible Future Card 4: The Over All Message

 

Card 1: XII – Sacrifice – Kuan Yin

Meaning: A surrender to higher principles, higher goals, self abnegation. Taking care of others. Sacrifice in order to gain wisdom and empathy.

My Interpretation: It feels like the perfect description of my beginning as a Vet Tech. I gave up the easy path, so I could pursue knowledge and care for those creatures that are experiencing their darkest hour at the expense of my inner self.

 

Card 2: Ten of Staves

Meaning: The accumulation of the creative venture began with the one of staves. Success that becomes overwhelming with its responsibility.

My Interpretation: I feel like I have hit a glass ceiling as it where. My skill level and knowledge base is vast, but I feel like I can go further. I’m just not sure how.

 

Card 3: Four of Swords

Meaning: The need for introspection and healing. Recuperation from illness. Time to take a break from stressful situations.

My Interpretations: If I don’t make some kind of change. I will never heal. I will need to take time away and maybe never return to the career I love but is currently draining everything I have.

 

Card 4: Seven of Staves

Meaning: Though you may have the upper hand in this situation there is still struggle. Success is possible but only after dealing with difficult people who may not be supportive.

My Interpretation: There is a path forward. It will not be easy, but I must defend my path against those who wish to keep my down if I wish to fly.

 

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