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Imbolc – literally “in the womb” – is a time of first awakenings, the first warming of the earth again after the shortest days of winter, although much cold and a few winter storms surely remain. It is a time to celebrate the continued turning of the year’s wheel, now bringing the returning light, the lengthening days, the melting of the snow, even though spring is still very much “in the womb.”
Since the turning wheel now carries the world back toward light and warmth, in ancient times it would often be celebrated by crowning an actual wheel with light and fire, usually in the form of candles. These might adorn an altar or, if small, be carried or even worn on the head in a procession through rooms or houses to be blessed. The Christian custom of the candle-decorated Advent wreath, and the wearing of candle crowns in the Swedish celebration of St. Lucia’s day (December 13), preserve this ancient form under the thin guise of altered names. Symbols of the winter and of other things unwanted might be cast into the fires, in hope that the season and the things themselves would soon be gone as well.
The Seasons of Ceremony rituals are designed for the solitary practitioner, assuming little or no previous magickal experience or training.
These rituals and spells are original rites. While crafting them along traditional lines and according to age-proven principles, symbols, and wording which other specific traditions may consider their own have been deliberately avoided. In using Seasons of Ceremony rituals, you will inherit none of the magickal “baggage,” for good or ill, which might come with a spell copied from some other source.
More advanced practitioners, and especially those already trained in a specific system of magick, may prefer to substitute their own symbols for the ones provided. Users may also wish to incorporate these spells into more elaborate rituals such as traditional Sabbat observations.