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A Variation of the Standing Stones Imbolc Ritual for  Solitary Practitioners

Solitary Imbolc Ritual

On your altar should be placed a circle of 13 stones and, within the circle of stones, a circle of 13 candles. Within the circle of candles should be spread some maize - i.e. corn meal - and in that a waxen female candle to symbolize the Goddess on your altar. On the eastern side of the altar should be placed a small sheaf of grain with a candle inserted inside it.


You should dress in your usual ceremonial garb for Magickal rites or skyclad, as you prefer.


Retire to bathe in salt-water (use sea salt) before the ritual. As you do so picture the water cleansing the soul and spirit, just as it cleanses the body. When you have dressed, anoint yourself with a holy oil. When you have prepared yourself, sit in a dim quiet place and light a candle - ONE THAT IS NOT BEING USED IN THE RITES - and meditate on how at this time of year the Goddess in her fiery aspect AS LIGHT was welcomed back into the Temples and the Homes of the land.


Take this candle and walk slowly to your altar. Place it in the circle of the 13 candles. Then light the two altar candles, which are separate from the circle of lights also, and the incense. (Incense should be stick or powdered incense on charcoal in a swinging burner.) Then light all the quarter candles in the 4 directions, starting in the east and going clockwise.


Cast your circle in the usual manner, but Invoke the Goddess with the following:


“Sacred womb, giver of the secrets of Life, Mother of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy. SO MOTE IT BE”


Then Invoke the God in the following manner:


"Fire of the sky, guardian of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy. SO MOTE IT BE"


(continue with the circle casting if it is not already finished) Light the 13 candles and then the Goddess candle in the center and say:


"Warm and quickening Light awaken and bring forth beauty for thou art my pleasure and my bounty LORD and LADY OSiRIS AND ISIS" (or you may substitute whatever names your circle uses for the God and the Goddess - or those you personally prefer)


Reflect a moment on the coming of the light and offer up the incense. say


"O ancient Ones Timeless Goddess and Sacred King who art the heralds of springtime and it's bounties be with me now in celebration Hail to Osiris and Isis Harvest giver and blessed Lady Let this be a time and a place sacred to your power and your beauty SO MOTE IT BE"


Light the candle in the sheaf of grain and hold it up with the loaf of bread (or the cakes - whatever you or your tradition uses for the cakes and wine/juice ceremony) in the other hand and say:


"My Lord and Lady, as the seed becomes the grain, so the grain becomes the bread, Mark the everlasting value of our seasons and their changes."


Break a piece of the bread or cakes off and burn it as an offering in the central candle.


Then say


"In the deepest Icy Winter the seed of the Earth lies deep within the womb of the Great Mother. The Spring brings the heat of the Father and with their joining comes new life. The completion of the cycle brings food to the children of the world. As I taste the food I shall know the wisdom of the cycles and be blessed with the food of wisdom throughout my life"


Consecrate cakes and wine/juice in the usual manner and partake of them, but first raise your chalice or drinking horn and say


"Hail to thee ISIS. Hail to thee Osiris. For thou art blessed"


After this commune in meditation with the Lord and lady for a while, then close the circle in your usual manner.


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So Mote it Be!          Joyful Imbolc!