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Since I am hosting Imbolc this year at Sycamore Hill, I decided that for our “cakes and ale” part of the ritual to make bannocks, which are a traditional oat cake served at this time of year. These yummy, magickal bannocks will contain minced fresh rosemary and grated orange zest. Rosemary is sacred to Brighid […]

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Blessed Imbolc!

The time around Imbolc has been so eventful the past couple of years! This is the time when new dedicants go through the ritual to begin their year and a day. It’s also the time for elevation rituals and this year, I’m joyous to say, I will, barring any unforeseen events, attain my high priestess […]

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Imbolc approaches and although it may not be evident where you live, things are beginning to stir beneath the soil. Imbolc literally translates as “in the belly”. This is traditionally the time when the ewes birth their lambs and snowdrop flowers appear. In the warmer climate where The Magickal Cottage is located we are enjoying […]

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Walking the Spiral

Imbolc is the time in our coven when we welcome new dedicants to the priesthood. This sabbat is a time when we honor the lady Brighid who is the goddess of poetry, smith-work and midwifery. It is a time of new beginnings as represented by the goddess as midwife, and so it is appropriate to […]

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Quickenings

Imbolc has marked the beginning of early spring here at the magickal cottage. This particular Imbolc was special for me in that I was reborn into a first degree priestess with my new coven. Going from being a solitary for so many years to being part of a coven has been a rewarding experience indeed. […]

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From Yule to Imbolc and on through Ostara and then Bealtaine, the wheel of the year has seemed like the Goddess decided to give it an extra push to speed things up! Having new babies around will make it seem that way. I have been helping with the twin grand babies and time seems to […]

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Casting a Circle

Last night my friend and I got together to celebrate Imbolc. We were planning to perform a ritual, and after we centered ourselves, I cast a circle. It had been some time since I had cast a circle, and I realized soon after I began how much I had missed creating sacred space. Casting a […]

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Brigid

With Imbolc approaching this week, I thought it would be appropriate to write something about Brigid (aka Bride), the triple goddess who is associated with this Sabbat. I think our impressions of goddesses are very personal, spiritual experiences. Some people like to take spiritual journeys to commune with deities and so different people have different impressions of […]

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