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Imbolc - Journey Through the Wheel of the Year

Ashley Krout, Making Magic Simple and Powerful

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9 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction to Imbolc

      0:59
    • 2. History and Significance of Imbolc

      1:58
    • 3. Magical Correspondences

      1:20
    • 4. Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

      0:38
    • 5. Brigid's Cross Tutorial

      4:55
    • 6. Creating an Imbolc Altar

      3:41
    • 7. Journaling and Inner Work

      0:52
    • 8. Imbolc Meditation

      7:21
    • 9. Thank You and Looking Ahead

      0:39

About This Class

Imbolc is a pagan sabbat that reminds us spring is coming. By the time Imbolc arrives on February 1st (August 1st in the Southern Hemisphere), we’ve had progressively longer days for a little over a month now, and we’re coming out of the depths of winter.

It’s a time of anticipation, of shedding darkness and looking forward to the light on the horizon.

The seasons correspond to different parts of our growth so even if the weather doesn’t match early spring, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work.

With the Journey Through the Wheel of the Year Series, my intention is to breakdown the sabbats so you can implement them into your life without overwhelm.

Each year you can dive into the celebrations more deeply, but in the beginning, these classes can help you know where to start!

Within this Imbolc Class, You'll Learn:

  • The History and Significance of Imbolc
  • Information about St. Brigid
  • The Magical Correspondences Associated with Imbolc
    • Colors, Gemstones, Herbs, etc
  • How to Celebrate Imbolc
  • How to Make a Brigid's Cross
    • We'll be making one out of pipe cleaners. You'll need about 16 pipe cleaners, but can use other materials like raffia or a thick cord. 
  • How to Put Together an Imbolc Altar
  • Inner work and Journaling with the Sabbats
    • Includes journal prompts and a coloring page.
  • How to meditate with the Sabbats 
    • Includes a 7 minute guided meditation layered with relaxing music and delta binaural beats.

The class handbook and coloring page are located in the files section of the Class Project.

Transcripts

1. Introduction to Imbolc: hello and welcome to my class on in bulk. Invoke is a pagan Sabbath or festival that reminds us spring is coming by the time in both arrives. We've had progressively longer days for a little over a month ago, and we're coming out of the depths of winter. It's a time of anticipation of shedding darkness and looking forward to the light on the horizon. Depending upon where you live, the ice, maybe melting and the earliest flowers might be popping up out of the ground. The seasons correspond with different parts of our growth. So even if the weather doesn't match early spring, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work. My intention with this class is to break down the SAB. It's so you can implement them into your life without overwhelm. Each year you can dive into the celebrations more deeply, but in the beginning, thes classes can help you know where to start. In the next video, I'll cover the history and significance of in bulk 2. History and Significance of Imbolc: amble or ambled roughly translates to in the belly in reference to pregnancy. Mother Earth is carrying spring and renewal within her, and it's about to come to fruition. From M Book on February 1st until Oh, star in March, the Earth is preparing for spring. Imbo is the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This falls on August 1st in bulk is also known as Brigid's Day and coincides with candle mass and ground hog Day. Thes holidays will celebrate it differently. All have the underlying theme of saying goodbye. Dewinter, while looking ahead to spring in book, is one of the four Gaelic festivals have been incorporated into the modern wheel of the year. It celebrates the goddess Brigid, who is the goddess of fertility and liked. It was traditionally celebrated by symbolically welcoming bridges. Arrival dolls made of Russia's were dressed up to represent the goddess and were carried from house the house. They were carried by young Children who collected food, clothing and coin offerings. Bridges crosses were made and hung on buildings, toe welcome in her blessings and to protect against fire and lightning bridges. Crosses can also be hung in every room to draw on the energy of the goddess. In another video, I'll show you how to make a cross of rigid. Another custom related to M book was toe welcome, Bridget into the home. Families would make a special feast for M book Off bed would be made for Brigid, and a family member would be chosen to represent Brigid. This family member would carry a bundle of rushes, circle the house three times and then knock three times on the door, asking to be let in. The rest of the family would welcome her in and enjoy their meal together. Several variations of this ritual exists, but the main thread they all include is welcoming Bridget into the home and making a space for her to co exist. The next video, we'll cover what correspondences are associated with him book followed by ways you can celebrate in bulk and welcome Bridget into your home. 3. Magical Correspondences: since symbol is centered around preparing for new growth and shutting old energy animals, items, colors and herbs that correspond with rebirth and renewal are the best options to represent this habit. So that includes animals like the phoenix, the lamb, the ground hog and any animals waking up from hibernation. Milking grains are included in almost all invoke celebrations. Fruit is also included to show faith in the abundance that's about to come. Bridget is associated with cattle and sheep and is often depicted with jugs of milk. The colors that represent him book include yellow, pink greens and browns. And these are colors that represent the earth still being brown and kind of went from winter but with colors of spring starting to pop up. Gemstones include AM a fist, onyx, turquoise and garnett. For herbs and oils, you can use frankincense, lavender, cama meal and bay leaf. The's are herbs that are still heavy and grounded but are combined with lighter oils to represent the foundations laid down during the yule season and the hope of the coming spring. In the next video, we'll cover some ways you can celebrate in bulk 4. Ways to Celebrate Imbolc: some ways you can celebrate in bulk. You could plant seeds indoors, too, so at O Stora, so just adjust as needed for your climate. You could create a spell jar using the herbs, colors and gemstones that correspond with in bulk. Imbue it with the intentions you'd like to focus on. Over the next six months, you could recreate the ritual of welcoming Bridget into your home. Do this in any way you feel drawn, Teoh. You could make an altar to celebrate and remind yourself of the M book energy and leave it up into Low Stora. I'll show you how I put together my AMBO culture in an upcoming video. You could create a Bridget's cross and display it in your home, and in the next video, we'll show you how to make one out of pipe cleaners. 5. Brigid's Cross Tutorial: for a class project We're going to make bridges cross. Once you've completed it, share a picture on the class site if you're drawn to feel free, to share your alter or intentions for in bulk as well. So you're gonna need about 16 pipe cleaners, and you can either get them at the dollar store or WalMart actually had them for a cheaper price in the dollar store, you're gonna need one set one aside that you're not gonna do anything with that first. And then for the other ones, go ahead and fold them in half, just equally like this. So to assemble Bridget's cross, you're gonna grab your straight pipe cleaner and then one of the pipe cleaners. You fold it in half, and we're gonna put it over the pipe cleaner like this about in the middle. Then you're gonna rotate it 1/4 to the left. At that point, you'll grab another pipe cleaner that's been folded in half, and you put it over, the one pointing upwards. And then you just keep repeating this pattern of turning it 1/4 to the left and then try to keep him kind of straight. They tried to go a little wonky, and then you're always gonna add the new one coming from the left over to the right direction. Do that. You can see it's kind of starting to form the pattern right there, and so we'll rotate it 1/4 to the left, grab a new pipe cleaner and then bring it on from the left over to the right and then rotate 1/4 to the left. Bring this over from left to the right. Just keep those straightens, then just roti another quarter to the left and just keep going around and around. This is a really great craft to do with kids, because once you get that initial pattern down, it's just it's repetitive and it's fun if you're doing it by yourself. It's also a really great way to meditate on your intention. You could even repeat your intention to yourself with every pipe cleaner you put on, and that would really imbue your magic into this item. You see, I like to dio 15 or more, because then you really start seeing the pattern. You can do less if you bike. It just won't be as to find a pattern in my opinion, to the left, this one on. And if you want to play around with the colors and the order you put them on, I'm sure you could come up with a beautiful pattern. I just found this bundle of pipe cleaners at Wal Mart so the colors don't really have any rhyme or reason, but it works to be able to teach you. And then once you know how to make a bridges cross, you can make it out of any material. I'm actually going to make one out of hemp cord for my altar, coming up on the end here and see it's still just the same thing. Just putting the pipe cleaner on rotating to the left, coming in from the left over to the right, putting that on there, rotate to the left and throw this last one on here. It doesn't end up being even. It's pretty close, though. The bigger you get. Here we go. We've got bridges cross a beautiful pattern. So now that we've completed this, you can finish these legs of it any way you want it. On one of the first ones I made, I braided them and see, this is one with a smaller number of pipe cleaners, and I just think it doesn't bring the pattern out as much. And I also did not like he's being braided. But that might appeal to you. So you can either do that or you could take some string and tie them right here, even just take one of these guys and go like that. I actually like the look of that way more. It's like that. This so I'm doing is taking it and wrapping it around there. It's kind of like a little time. That's what's great about pipe cleaners there. So versatile. So there is Bridget's cross. I look forward to seeing the ones that you guys make. 6. Creating an Imbolc Altar: an altar is a great way to make a dedicated place for welcoming Bridget into your home. Use any of the correspondences we previously covered or whatever you're drawn to use items that remind you of the changing seasons and represent the hope of spring around the corner . In the last video, we made a Bridget's cross out of pipe cleaners, and in between that time I made one out of hemp cord. So it's okay if you need a laugh at my artistic skills, but it's a little bit harder with hemp string than it is with pipe cleaners. So, as embarrassing as it is for me to show this on camera, I wanted you to know that it doesn't have to be perfect. Your intention is the most important part of anything you do in your magical practice, so we'll put that over here for a second for an altar. For Bridget, it could be a simple as hanging this near your front door for protection and for welcoming Bridget in. It could be setting this on your TV stand or somewhere you'll see it. The most important part of an altar is that it will be somewhere that you will see it and be reminded of your intention and the energies that you're drawing in for my alter for Brigid, I'm going to incorporate the four elements using Earth. Bridget's Cross the Hem Court helps make that represent Earth for air. I'm going to use AM a fist, and I got this piece at home goods for about $7. So definitely check out your local HomeGoods. Sometimes they have some great deals that I'm also going to use a candle for fire and gold and white are pretty natural color, so they're great to use on any holiday. Then for water. I am going to put a cup, and I scored these on Facebook marketplace. There, Princess House Cups. This is kinda big for the camera, but when I am setting this up for my actual Brigid meditation to do by myself, I will fill this with just my drink of choice and visualized myself imbuing it with the intentions set during the meditation. And then I'll drink afterwards. Another thing you can do with liquid or food in an altar situation is returning to the earth. You can bury it and imagine that you're burying your intentions for them to grow, so an altar doesn't have to be fancy. I realize now that I have a lot of purple and kind of brownish gold. But that's actually a good foreign book, because it's kind of like the brown of the Earth and winter. And then what I'm looking forward to of the purple's coming through in spring so we could just have this set up like this and then this here. And it could just be a simple is this. It doesn't have to be any harder than that. If you want it to be more elaborate with an ultra cloth. That is excellent, Teoh. Right now I just have it on my old craft table, so that way you can see it easily. But after this, I'll move it somewhere that I can see it, and I'll be reminded of Brigid and Ofhim book and the coming spring. And like I said, with anything you do, your intention is the most important part. I hope that give you some ideas on how to set up your altar. There are so many ways you could do it. And if you feel called to share a picture of your alter in the class project. I would love to see what everyone's doing in the next video. I'll cover how to do inter work at M bulk with journaling. 7. Journaling and Inner Work: amble presents us with a special time to shed old energies while setting the intention for what new energies we want to bring into our lives. In the class Project section, there is a pdf with a few questions to get you started, along with a coloring page that I felt represented in bulk and kind of coming through the gates of spring. The next video is a meditation to do any time during this invoke season for the best mindset during journaling, complete the meditation before sitting down to answer the prompts and the prompts include What seeds do you want to plan for the coming year, when harvest time comes, What do you want your life to look like? What people believes or situations will keep that from happening? How will you overcome these obstacles right about what you'd like your life to look like and how you got there as if it has already happened. The next video will be the in bulk meditation 8. Imbolc Meditation: get into a comfortable position, either lying down or sitting with your feet flat on the floor. Begin inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth as you continue to and exhale Gently close your eyes in your mind. Open your eyes and see a wide expanse of snow around you. The earth is slumbering, is quiet. As you lift your gaze to the horizon, you see a sliver of yellow. It begins rising higher and higher until the whole sky is a warm golden color. Snow begins to melt around you slowly at first and then faster and faster until the ground move, you has turned into a soothing, shallow creek. Imagine the refreshing water ruling over your feet. Keep inhaling and exhaling with your next exhale. Water rises to your waist. You are supported and safe as the water rises higher with your next breath, you relax onto your back, allowing your body to weightless. Lee Flow. Know that you can stand back up at any time you are supported and safe water gently ripples around you, drawing any stagnant energy away and transmutes it and transforms it into a warm healing energy as it flows back to you from your feet to the top of your head. You are fully supported. Keep breathing in and begin visualizing events from this winter. What is one memory that stands out the most to you? It doesn't matter if it's a good memory or something you regret. Hold this memory in your mind without any judgment. What lessons can be learned from this memory? Did you learn anything about another person during this memory? Did you learn anything about yourself? If it is a memory that doesn't serve you toe, hold on to it. Thank it for any lessons it gave you and release it. Now. If it is a joyous memory, thank it for any lessons and gave you and tuck it back away, feel the water gently and reliably keeping your body of flu. Take advantage of this support and let your body fully relax. Keep breathing deeply and visualize any stagnant energy from the previous year, coming to the surface of the water with each inhale and each exhale as the water gently laps against you. Visualize the waves, taking the stagnant energy with them with water, transmutes the energy, refreshing it as it comes back tear aura. Stay this way for the next few minutes, allowing the water to transform and renew any stagnant bouts of energy that come to the surface with with a sense of renewed peace. Allow your feet to touch the ground and come to a standing position with every inhale and every exhale. The water begins to recede, breathing in and out, watching the water get lower in and out. The water is just barely on the surface of the ground. Now watch as the earth absorbs in the last little bit of water, the golden sunlight resurfaces and warmly evaporates. Any remaining water on your skin, raise your hands and soak up the healing golden light, letting it fill you from the tips of your fingers down to the tips of your toes. Gently wiggle your toes, wiggle your fingers and slowly open your 9. Thank You and Looking Ahead: I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your magical journey. As a reminder, this class was simply an introduction to M book. With such a long history there so many ways the Sabah has been celebrated that I did not cover here. My intention with this class and with all of my classes was to break it down in a way that allows you to easily incorporate it into your life without overwhelmed year after year, you can dive into the celebrations a little more deeply if you choose to. But in the beginning these classes can help. You know where to start. The next holiday will cover ISO star, which falls on the vernal equinox, which is around March 20th. I hope to see you in that class is well, thank you.