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Imbolc

  
By:  Veronica  •  Wiccan  •  3 months ago  •  94 comments

Imbolc

The midwinter feast approaches.  The dark days of winter are entrenched.  However, Spring is on its way.  This feast is for purification and dedication.  The alter & temple room must be purified.  A self-purification is also recommended utilizing the four elements:  salt (Earth) bath for the body, incense (Air) for the thoughts, flame (Fire) for the will, and water (Water) for the emotions.  The spirit can be cleansed with a healing crystal.

For us that follow the Triple Goddess this feast marks the transitioning time from Crone to Maiden.

Some follow it as a feast for Brighid, Candlemas or good old Groundhog's Day.

Colors of Imbolc: White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Light Green, Brown

Stones of Imbolc:  Amethyst, Blood-stone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise

Incense of Imbolc: Basil, myrrh, frankincense, wisteria, jasmine, camphor, cinnamon, and lotus.

Herbs of Imbolc:  Angelica, basil, bay Laurel, blackberry, celandine, coltsfoot, heather, iris, myrrh, snowdrops, tansy, violets, and all white or yellow flowers.

My feast is simple, but hearty.  Potato Soup,  Soda Bread, Imbolc Ritual Cake, Bannocks, and of course Wine.

Fire of dawn-light in Her hair,
Fire flows like milk from Her hands.
Fire of bright promise in Her springing step,
Fire of the flame in Her eyes.
A blessing on Your hearthfire,
On Your gift of words,
On the brightness of Your sacred body,
A blessing on Your flame.

— Cait Johnson

Keep warm everyone!

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Trout Giggles
1  Trout Giggles    3 months ago

Will you catch the lunar eclipse Sunday night?

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1  author  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    3 months ago

I was hoping, but we are supposed to get hit by Winter Storm Harper this weekend.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @1.1    3 months ago

I'm sorry about that. It's supposed to be clear but cold. I have long underwear so not a problem AND I don't have to go to work on Monday.

 
 
 
Enoch
1.1.2  Enoch  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.1    3 months ago

Dear Friend Trout Giggles:

Enjoy a good view and time.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1.3  author  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.1    3 months ago

I don't have to work on Monday either.  It is supposed to start snowing Saturday and go through Monday.  They keep changing the snowfall amounts.  I saw 7 inches plus on my weather app, but people I work with said up to 2-3 feet.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Enoch @1.1.2    3 months ago

Thanks, Enoch.

I'm currently researching which alcoholic beverage would taste good in hot chocolate

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1.5  author  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.4    3 months ago

Bailey's is always good.

 
 
 
Enoch
1.1.6  Enoch  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.4    3 months ago

Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Try Brandy.

There is a Spanish brandy, Gran Duque D' Alba , which contains chocolate to eliminate aftertaste.

Seems to work well.

Let me know.

E.

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1.7  author  Veronica  replied to  Enoch @1.1.6    3 months ago

OOOOO....that sounds good.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.8  sandy-2021492  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.4    3 months ago

Creme de menthe works well, too.

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1.9  author  Veronica  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.8    3 months ago

Also YUM!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.10  Trout Giggles  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.8    3 months ago

Thanks everyone.

Enoch, the brandy has possiblities

 
 
 
katrix
1.1.11  katrix  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.4    3 months ago

A nice mix.  Some Bailey's, some Jamison, some Kahlua, and then whipped cream on top.

 
 
 
Veronica
1.1.12  author  Veronica  replied to  katrix @1.1.11    3 months ago

Oh yea, I am feeling it.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.13  Trout Giggles  replied to  katrix @1.1.11    3 months ago

yum

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.14  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @1.1.5    3 months ago
"Bailey's is always good."

As it is in coffee as well.  Enjoyed it many a morning watching the sunrise from my dock, while listening to the loon calls echoing through the mist rising from the lake. 

512

"We will have these moments to remember."

 
 
 
Enoch
2  Enoch    3 months ago

Dear Friend Veronica: We wish you a joyous and meaningful mid-winter Imbolc celebration.

Seems are are in for a humdinger of a winter storm Saturday night and Sunday through the afternoon. 

Stay warm and safe.

Enoch. 

 
 
 
Veronica
2.1  author  Veronica  replied to  Enoch @2    3 months ago

You stay warm and safe, too.  I heard the snow isn't supposed to stop until early Monday morning.  

 
 
 
Enoch
2.1.1  Enoch  replied to  Veronica @2.1    3 months ago

Dear Friend Veronica: Last I saw Spectrum weather on the 1's, they predicated a range of from 3-6" to 12-18". 

Its accuracy like that which makes planning ahead possible.

Laughing.

We shall see what we shall see (as soon as visibility is restored).

E.

 
 
 
Veronica
2.1.2  author  Veronica  replied to  Enoch @2.1.1    3 months ago

I can handle that - just lock in the 4x4.  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Enoch @2.1.1    3 months ago

Ha!  We're supposed to get a bit of that storm, but in the form of a "wintry mix".  Nobody knows what or how much we'll be getting - sleet?  Snow?  Freezing rain?  Sure, maybe, or not.  But it is supposed to get really cold, so the roads will probably freeze over.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.3    3 months ago

Here in Arkansas if they call for a wintry mix it goes something like this:

2 inches of freezing rain followed by

an hour of sleet which turns to

6-8 inches of snow ending with

another coat of freezing rain

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.5  sandy-2021492  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.4    3 months ago

We get that here in Virginia, too.

I'd rather have the snow than the freezing rain any day.  I can drive on snow, but coming downhill on a solid sheet of wet ice? jrSmiley_55_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Veronica
2.1.6  author  Veronica  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.5    3 months ago

Yea, I am not a fan of freezing rain.  With snow I can lock in the 4x4, but freezing rain just makes my pick-up a giant sleigh that slides.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.7  sandy-2021492  replied to  Veronica @2.1.6    3 months ago

I have a Subaru, and that thing goes anywhere.  But yeah, AWD does not help you stop.  And I live on the side of a mountain, so I have to be able to stop at the bottom.  Sometimes, I haven't quite managed to do so.  Scary days.

 
 
 
Veronica
2.1.8  author  Veronica  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.7    3 months ago

The thing that scares me the most is the other people on the road that forget how to drive in winter weather.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.9  sandy-2021492  replied to  Veronica @2.1.8    3 months ago

Ditto.  They don't even think to slow down or take the turns a bit more carefully.  I've had people blow by me going well over the speed limit on slick roads with snow coming down so hard there was no visibility.  

 
 
 
Veronica
2.1.10  author  Veronica  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.9    3 months ago

I just love it when they pull out in front of me and then cannot accelerate because their tires are spinning.

 
 
 
katrix
2.1.11  katrix  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.3    3 months ago

We're having a high of 17 on Monday and a low of 1.  Probably a few degrees colder over where you are!  I'm just pissed because some old friends are coming into town for their son's travel hockey game, and I wanted to meet them for a game and dinner on Sunday.  But the temp is going to plummet and even if the rain doesn't change to snow or ice before stopping, it will instantly freeze ... so I don't think I'll make it. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.12  sandy-2021492  replied to  katrix @2.1.11    3 months ago

Yeah, in this kind of weather, it's best to just stay home and not be an accident statistic.

 
 
 
Enoch
2.1.13  Enoch  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.3    3 months ago

Dear Friend Sandy: Stay warm and safe.

E.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.14  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.4    3 months ago

We rarely get snow. Last time it didn't even last a day.Today it was about 60°.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.15  sandy-2021492  replied to  Enoch @2.1.13    3 months ago

You, too, Enoch.

I'll have to get milk tomorrow, and then I'm set for a few days.

I have a new sympathy for my parents.  My brother and I worked hard to keep dairies in business.  My son carries on the tradition.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.16  shona1  replied to  Enoch @2.1.13    3 months ago

Morning Enoch and all..Plenty of warmth down here..Some towns in South Australia's Outback just hit 50oC a new record for some...Well I guess it is summer after all....Sun, sand and surf...life is good...

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1.17  Freefaller  replied to  shona1 @2.1.16    3 months ago
Some towns in South Australia's Outback just hit 50oC

And on the flip side of that coin my neck of the woods was -30 this morning, though it did warm up to -24 during the day.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.18  shona1  replied to  Freefaller @2.1.17    3 months ago

Brrr...you can have that...is that oC or oF??? I had never seen snow until I went to Europe...Don't mind the cold it is the wind I hate when it blows a gale...What part of the world do you live in Free???...I am in Victoria....

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.19  Ender  replied to  shona1 @2.1.18    3 months ago

I had to look and see where Victoria was.

I have a cousin that lives in Perth. One of these days it would be nice to visit.

I always forget about the C or F thing. Americans being difficult.  haha

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1.20  Freefaller  replied to  shona1 @2.1.18    3 months ago
you can have that

Lol but I don't want it

is that oC or oF

I'm Canadian so like Australia it's Celsius

I hate when it blows a gale

Luckily it was dead calm today so while cold it really wasn't that bad

What part of the world do you live in Free

Pretty much the other side of the globe, I'm from north-central Alberta.  -30 isn't really all that unusual during the winter here (have even seen -50 once, brrr:)

Enjoy the warmth

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.21  Kavika   replied to  Ender @2.1.19    3 months ago

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Enoch
2.1.22  Enoch  replied to  shona1 @2.1.16    3 months ago

Dear Friend Shona1: Enjoy your summer.

I remember summer, sort of.

This time of year, we don't think in terms of quantity, rather quality of degrees outside.

Smiles.

E.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.23  Kavika   replied to  Freefaller @2.1.20    3 months ago

I played hockey in Moose Jaw when it was minus 25 F....LOL froze our ding a lings off since it was outdoor hockey...

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.24  Ender  replied to  Kavika @2.1.21    3 months ago

If I ever get to visit Perth, I would have to end my trip going to the other coast.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.25  shona1  replied to  Ender @2.1.19    3 months ago

Yep Perth is 3,000 kms away from me..never been over that side of the country but one day I will go...Yes time you mob got with the program and went metric instead of Imperial...jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.26  Kavika   replied to  Ender @2.1.24    3 months ago

Part of my family lives south of Perth in Bridgetown and Augusta...Beautiful country.

I lived in Elizabeth Bay (EZ Bay) a suburb of Sydney. Very nice there.

Bridgetown has a yearly Blues Festival. One of the best around and my granddaughter was the lead singer for !0cent Shooters. She preformed there many a time.

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That's me under the Hotel sign...LMAO

 
 
 
Enoch
2.1.27  Enoch  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.15    3 months ago

Dear Friend Sandy: Mrs. E's father was in the dairy business when he rotated back to civilian life from the armed services. 

Two things he never spoke of with me.

Battle and the dairy industry.

Connect your own dots.

Smiles.

E.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.28  shona1  replied to  Freefaller @2.1.20    3 months ago

Ahh Canadian..You are in a very nice part of the world...We look upon you mob as our cousins across the Pacific....You speak my language..grew up with Imperial but then we went metric....makes life easier with the rest of the world other than the States and the UK..but even they are slowly changing...Anything below 10oC and I am not happy...

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.29  shona1  replied to  Enoch @2.1.22    3 months ago

A/noon Enoch..Yes I like summer but where I am we miss a lot of the heat...can be 25oC where I am and everywhere else is the State it is in the 40's....but I am happy as I love the beach and live by the sea...Your Spring and Summer will return soon and then it will be us in the cold..Not that we get snow here where I am....rarely drops below 10oC in winter and then I am sooking about the cold..

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.30  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2.1.26    3 months ago

Geez Elizabeth Bay....Very nice Kavika....Some lady in Sydney just won 100 million in lotto here last night all to herself..have a feeling she will be moving there very soon....sigh....

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.31  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @2.1.28    3 months ago

A photo of Wiki Warrior Wonder Wiener and me getting ready for the Iditarod in Alaska....

BTW, we won division 1....don't let those short legs fool ya.

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Kavika
2.1.32  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @2.1.30    3 months ago

It was very nice. We had a flat on the top floor of a 5 story apartment complex with a veranda that covered the whole front of the flat over looking Sydney harbor. We could see the opera house and the bridge from our veranda.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.33  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2.1.31    3 months ago

Hmm Wiki would be a take away snack for a Polar bear.. How come you ended up in Oz in the first place???.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
2.1.34  dave-2693993  replied to  shona1 @2.1.16    3 months ago

This is what my mates just sent me:

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Kavika
2.1.35  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @2.1.33    3 months ago

My daughter married a Aussie that was in the Australian navy, stationed in Long Beach CA. One thing lead to another and they got married and moved back to OZ when his enlistment was completed. Later on I was transferred there on business for a couple of years and ended up with a permanent visa (residency) for OZ. 

That's the short version.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.36  shona1  replied to  dave-2693993 @2.1.34    3 months ago

Yep she's a warm one...Tarcoola in SA where it hit 50oC is north west of Adelaide slap bang in the middle of the purple patch..lucky only a few people live there...

 
 
 
shona1
2.1.37  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2.1.35    3 months ago

Sounds good...got the best of both worlds you have....

 
 
 
dave-2693993
2.1.38  dave-2693993  replied to  shona1 @2.1.36    3 months ago
Tarcoola in SA where it hit 50oC is north west of Adelaide slap bang in the middle of the purple patch..lucky only a few people live there...

I heard about that one too.

That is HOT.

Many are either waiting on A/C repairs or just flat out don't have A/C.

One showed photos where the piping burst.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.39  Trout Giggles  replied to  shona1 @2.1.18    3 months ago

I have a face book friend who lives in NSW. She's been posting memes on hot it is in Australia right now.

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1.40  Freefaller  replied to  Kavika @2.1.23    3 months ago
froze our ding a lings off since it was outdoor hockey

LMAO I bet you did.  I love hockey but no way I'm outside at that temp.

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.1.41  Freefaller  replied to  shona1 @2.1.28    3 months ago
We look upon you mob as our cousins across the Pacific

As we do you all

States and the UK..but even they are slowly changing

I think the UK has officially gone all metric now (not positive) and the only one still full Imperial are the US, Liberia and Myanmar

Enjoy, wishing I was there (or anywhere warmer than here)

 
 
 
charger 383
3  charger 383    3 months ago

Started snowing about 15 minutes ago

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  charger 383 @3    3 months ago

It's a really pretty snow.

 
 
 
epistte
3.1.1  epistte  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    3 months ago

It's just flurries here.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  epistte @3.1.1    3 months ago

We're only supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight, but it seems to be trying to fall all at once.

 
 
 
epistte
3.1.3  epistte  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1.2    3 months ago

There might be 1/4" inch new snow here but abut 4" left from last week.  

 I really miss May's 60°F right about now.........

 
 
 
lennylynx
4  lennylynx    3 months ago

I'd still like you to turn Badfish into a frog if it's not too much trouble...

 
 
 
shona1
4.1  shona1  replied to  lennylynx @4    3 months ago

Careful what you wish for Lenny ....Hmmm.."lynx" you maybe turned into a mouse...jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  lennylynx @4    3 months ago

You have to think of that 3-fold curse....

 
 
 
Veronica
4.3  author  Veronica  replied to  lennylynx @4    3 months ago
if it's not too much trouble.

It's not on how hard it is or how much trouble it is - it is the Power of 3 that keeps me in line.  What's 3x worse than a frog?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @4.3    3 months ago

Trump?

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     3 months ago

It was 71F (22 C) and sunny here in Ocala Fl.. today 

Wiki Warrior Wonder Wiener spent the day at the beach.

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P.S. it's the middle of winter here...jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Enoch
5.1  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @5    3 months ago

Dear Brother Kavika: Dress warm.

Summer it ain't.

E.

 
 
 
shona1
5.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @5    3 months ago

Shark bait....jrSmiley_7_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @5.2    3 months ago

You know that she can handle Polar bears so sharks are no problem for her.

 
 
 
Split Personality
5.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Kavika @5.2.1    3 months ago

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Ender
5.2.3  Ender  replied to  Kavika @5.2.1    3 months ago

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sandy-2021492
5.2.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @5.2.1    3 months ago

My doxie mix is currently guarding me from the Roomba.  He's sure it's determined to eat one of us, maybe both.

 
 
 
shona1
5.2.5  shona1  replied to  Kavika @5.2.1    3 months ago

That's not a shark...that 's a sardine!!!....can tell that is not filmed in Oz...jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
pat wilson
5.2.6  pat wilson  replied to  Kavika @5.2.1    3 months ago

I can't stop laughing.

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2.7  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @5.2.5    3 months ago

You think that it's a sardine cuz the Doxie already ate half of it...LOL

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    3 months ago

She is such a sweetie

 
 
 
Kavika
6  Kavika     3 months ago

Roomba is a very dangerous thing..But they are no match for a doxie...jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
TᵢG
7  TᵢG    3 months ago
My feast is simple, but hearty.  Potato Soup,  Soda Bread, Imbolc Ritual Cake, Bannocks, and of course Wine.

I am with you on the wine!   jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif     I think the rest might exceed my carb quota.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @7    3 months ago

Good potato soup and soda bread is worth it.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.1  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1    3 months ago

I will consult my organic, nutritionist, health-conscious wife and head family cook.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.1    3 months ago

Um, probably not your best source of information on this subject.

You should consult someone more biased jrSmiley_7_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.3  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.2    3 months ago

Well Sandy I can pretty much guarantee that I will not be able to taste Bannocks without my wife being up for the adventure.   Unless, of course, I can buy it somewhere.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.3    3 months ago

I have never had bannocks, either.  After looking it up, I'm still not quite clear on what they are, really.

When I have potato soup, I always have a salad, too.  Surely that redeems some of the dietary sin.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.5  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.4    3 months ago

Do not tell my wife, but I will have the occasional hamburger, etc. too while out and about.    It is no fun eating healthy all the time (although I do highly support the attempt).

 
 
 
epistte
7.1.6  epistte  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.5    3 months ago
Do not tell my wife, but I will have the occasional hamburger, etc. too while out and about.    It is no fun eating healthy all the time (although I do highly support the attempt).

I was going to make a burger for dinner but even I didn't want that burger enough to light the grill in the snow. I made a very healthy pot of lentil soup, so the burger will have to wait until tonight or maybe Saturday evening. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.7  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.5    3 months ago

I've been eating pretty healthy for the last couple of weeks, except that my coworkers bought me a chocolate cake.  But I've even been restrained with regards to that.

I'd kill for a French fry.

 
 
 
Veronica
7.1.8  author  Veronica  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.4    3 months ago
After looking it up, I'm still not quite clear on what they are, really.

Kind of a scone (at least the way I make them)

 
 
 
Freefaller
7.1.9  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.7    3 months ago
I'd kill for a French fry.

Umm just to be safe, I have no French fries here:)

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.10  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @7.1.9    3 months ago

I indulged at lunch.  I'm all better now.

But at 11:30, if you'd had a fry, I'd have knocked you down and taken it ;)

 
 
 
Veronica
7.2  author  Veronica  replied to  TᵢG @7    3 months ago

On feast days there is no watching of calories, although Imbolc is the one feast that is more meager than most.  All the other feasts have way more food & sweets, but in keeping with tradition it is supposed to be small & hearty.