Imbolc/Discernment Ritual

This is the ritual we did at Sunday night’s Welcoming Circle. Thanks for an amazing gathering!

ANOINTING WITH BRIGID OIL—David Taliesin
May Brigid, Keeper of the Sacred Flame give you wisdom and illumination tonight.

CANDLE LIGHTING—Traditional Gaelic. Light a white altar candle and say the following:

Brigid, Sublime Woman, Quick flame, long may you burn bright! You give us the invitation to life everlasting.

CALLING THE QUARTERS—from Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, Imbolc: Rituals Recipes and Lore for Brigid’s Day + Brigid: History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

We summon the Powers of East—
Brigid’s bright powers of Dawn!
As you bring light to the Spring,
Bring light to our work.
Hail and Welcome!

We summon the Powers of South—
The blazing fires of Brigid’s Forge!
Shed all that does not aid our work!
Fortify our work! Let it change the world!
Hail and Welcome!

We summon the Powers of West—
The healing powers of the Well!
May our work flow and grow!
May it stir and summon the depths of possibilities!
Hail and Welcome!

We summon the powers of North—
The strength of the Cold Mountains!
Freeze all adversaries! Solidify our desires
With the weight of frozen rock!
Hail and Welcome!


Reach to the sky: By the Powers of the Fiery Arrows!

Reach to the ground: By the Powers of the Green Earth!

Extend your arms to your sides:
Goddess Brigid, Goddess of Fire and Water,
We call you and invite you to the circle we have cast this night.
Goddess of the Sacred Well and Keeper of the Flame, we ask that you bring your power and wisdom to our circle tonight.

Brigid, Goddess of the Forge, we honor you
And ask for your help and enlightenment in our work tonight.
Hail and welcome!

DISCERNMENT RITUAL—David Taliesin

Leader will pull a card for each participant from the Urban Crow Oracle. It will contain a word that is meant for that person. Check to see if they understand how it pertains to them.

Have each participant light a tea candle from the smooring candle from a past Imbolc ritual as the leader does the Brigid chant. Then do an energy empowerment of those candles that participants take home with them for this coming Imbolc celebration.

BRIGID BLESSING

May our words be as considered as poetry,
May we reflect on all I do or say,
May we meditate on those things important spiritually
May we seek to know more of the lore
May we research what we are curious about
and what will enable us to grow
May we seek to know great knowledge,
May we acknowledge the intelligence of others
May we comprehend what we seek to learn and apply those lessons
May we know that seeking wisdom is not the same as being wise.
May we be children of Brigid.

by https://elfkat.wordpress.com, Used by permission of the author.

DISMISSING THE CIRCLE—adapted from Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, Imbolc: Rituals Recipes and Lore for Brigid’s Day + Brigid: History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

Great Brigid, Goddess of the Flame and Goddess of the Well,We thank you for joining us in this magic circle tonightAnd for the energy and wisdom you have bestowed on us.You will remain forever in our hearts!We bid you farewell!

Farewell to the Powers of North—As you came in peace, now go in peace,But leave strength in our work.Keep our adversaries in your icy grasp!We bid you farewell!

Farewell to the Powers of West—As you came in peace, now go in peace,But leave your misty whispers on our work.Wash away the obstacles to our manifestations!We bid you Farewell!

Farewell to the Powers of South—As you came in peace, now go in peace,But leave your sparks of manifestation.Allow the embers of our work to grow.We bid you farewell!

Farewell to the Powers of East—As you came in peace, now go in peace.Though the day passes, the work of the sun remains.Remain also with our work.We bid you farewell!

The circle is open but never unbroken because it is a circle woven in love.Whatever energy is left in this spaceWe return to the earth with a spirit of gratitude.Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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