I wanted to share some of the photos
of my outdoor Imbolc Altar with you.
I had this ritual for myself;
and one indoors, later with the children.
We made our indoor Imbolc Altar / Shrine,
and had our Sabbat Activity.
We had so much fun celebrating
the coming of early Spring
the thawing of
Mother Earth by Father Sun.
I focused our activities on
honoring the God and Goddess;
on making our Spring Goals
(then freezing & thawing them in the morning Sun);
honoring the regeneration and renewal of the Earth
in Her yearly cycle;
and giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives.
While the kids were at school,
I set up an outdoor altar, and had my own private 'Big Girl' Imbolc Ritual.
In addition to my usual Sabbat Ritual;
I conscecrated and blessed the early Spring Seeds;
along with our family Imbolc crafts
to be done with the kids later.
I gathered together some of my favorite
Crystals & Gemstones, and other beloved trinkets
that spoke to me of
Imbolc, Mother Nature, the Goddess Brighid,
& the coming of early Spring~
Something a bit unusual that I noticed...
of course afterwards!
is that except for the flower & vegetable seeds,
and the lawn grasses used in the Brides Bed;
this is probably the first time
I have ever done a ritual or created a Sabbat Altar
that did not include any herbs,
cut flowers or live plants!
This was not a purposefull omission-
I had a bowl of fresh cut Camillias,
and a vase with Daffodills, Dusty Miller, Geraniums
and the very first Jasmine blooms
ready to go on the Altar;
along with dried Sage and Bay
leaves to burn in the ritual.
(Of course I happened to forget to include them
because I was in a 'Hurry Up & Go Mode',
in order to have enough time
to meditate, perform my Sabbat Ritual
take the photos
before my little rugrats got out of school!)
No worries though-
the Goddess being a Daughter/Mother/Grandmother Herself...
I am sure She understands!
So here's the Altar all layed out with:
Plenty of Clear Quartz Points,
a nice sized natural chunk, heart haped and smaller tumbled
peices of Rose Quartz,
an Adventurine Heart, Amethyst cluster, a couple of Malachites,
a Moss Agate sphere, along with tumbled Agates,
a Geode, a Yin-Yang carved stone;
my mini crystal wand; glass leaf wand; my mini Athame.
A Goddess card of the Irish Goddess Brigit;
my early Spring seeds to be blessed & planted;
Makayla's Oragami Brigit's Cross;
a Crescent Moon candle holder with a silver taper candle;
my sweet lil' Kaleidescope Faerie, transparent Father Sun ornie;
a white jar candle, my cauldron;
my Mother Goddess with Child statue;
my little clay Goddess & a jar of water-
to freeze and then thaw in the sunshine with the kids.
Along with Lady Godiva- my full sized Athame;
my Chalice with milk; Salt & Water were a couple of extras-
3 vintage brooches,
one insect, and 2 different leaf patterned ones;
my glass Pentacle Pyramid on top of its mirrored square tile,
an Italian Murano Glass Dome, Makayla's special Amethyst Necklace;
a Canadian Siver Coin; a tiny Nest and an Abalone Shell.
Here are some close-ups of the Altar's features.
The straw is laid in Brides's Bed,
waiting for the Goddess.
The Quartz points are surrounding my lil' Cauldron
and white jar candle;
and laid out around them,
is Makayla's favorite Amethyst necklace.
(To bless & protect her when
Mama Bear is not around!)
Below that are some more
Crystal & Stone hearts,
my Pentacle Pyramid and my mini tools-
my tiny crystal wand, glass leaf wand
and my baby Athame.
In my next post I will share the photos
from our family's Imbolc ritual craft,
the 'freezing & thawing of the
Mother Natue' & our Spring Goal Ceremony.
~Danae aka 'Crafty'
I have REALLY enjoyed reading all of your blog posts;
the many beautiful images and artwork, the photos, recipes
& seeing how you and your own families,
friends and pets have celebrated the Sabbat
-as well as our everyday lives.