Of all the Sabbats, I relate to Imbolc on a very spiritual and meaningful level. I connect with the imagery of a slumbering land, hiding beneath the winter snow on the cusp of awakening and renewal.
My name Snow Orchid, reveals this story of my soul- a fairy tale of tragedy, courage and love.
Snow- both beautiful and delicate can also be relentless and unyielding. In the cold, dark winter months snow symbolizes this virtue of inner-strength.
The ever-present snow that lingers within my heart tells of the hardships I’ve endured, the tears I’ve cried and the battles I have fought. Yet deep beneath the blanket of white, life stirs and waits to be reborn. The orchid- delicate and elegant in stature rises tall from the dark moist soil symbolizing love, reverence and grace.
I chose this name long ago to remind myself not to let the snow ice my heart. But instead, let it be a reminder of all that I’ve gone through, the strength it’s given me and the importance of living, loving and surviving with honor and integrity.
“The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character will not let poverty deter their will to be guided by high principles and morals.” –Confucius
Today I’m planning out my Imbolc celebration, designing my ritual and the ways I want to honor the Maiden Goddess and coming of the Spring.
As Spring approaches we celebrate the milk which has begun to flow within the animals.Goat’s milk candles can be made by melting beeswax in a double broiler, stir in the goat’s milk until combined and following the process of candle-dipping until at least ½ an inch thick. Or you could visit your local farmer’s market and support the candle-makers of your community, which is probably what I will be doing. Goat’s milk soap smells delicious and can be used in your purification bath before ritual. I recommend honey almond oatmeal goat’s milk bars- they’re divine.
The time for action is near and Spring signifies the work of planting and sowing the seeds we want to see grow successfully. At this time, planting tools are blessed to ensure healthy growth and a bountiful harvest. If you’re not much of a gardener, consider blessing the tools of your trade. As a writer and photographer, I will be blessing my books, pens, laptop and camera.
An Estonian Kringle is a rich buttery cinnamon bread which is rolled, split in half and braided to form a beautiful circle of deliciousness. The braided bread symbolizes Brigid, weaving her two roles as the maiden goddess of fertility and the hearth.
Bird Seed Ornaments
To treat our feathery friends who have endured the winter, birdfeeders can be crafted into cute snowflake or star ornaments and hung outside for them to enjoy.
Every time I make myself a cappuccino, I think of Imbolc. The warm brown coffee lying beneath a topping of whipped frothy cream- it’s no wonder why it’s my favorite way to enjoy coffee. I’ll be sipping a nice big cup of it on Imbolc morning as I greet the rising sun and welcome the longer days to come.
How do you plan on celebrating Imbolc?
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The Snow Orchid Witch