In Celtic times, the day was considered to begin at dusk the preceding night, so all major celebrations would commence the night before the day of the festival, much as New Year festivities start on its eve.
Also called Imbolc, Oimelc and Candlemas, this is the festival of Bride or Bridget. It celebrates the Goddess's transformation from Crone to Maiden and heralds the coming Spring and the change from dark to light. One of the ways to celebrate this is with a Circle of lights.
Everyone gathers in a Circle, lit only by a single black candle; the wick should be trimmed to give the smallest of flames. Each person has an unlit white candle. When everyone is ready someone says, "this is the festival of Imbolg and the first signs of returning life tell us that Spring is on its way. Let us light the path for the new season and say farewell to the old. Blessed Be" They light their white candle from the black one, state something they wish for in the coming season, and extinguish the black candle. Going around the group Deosil, each person states their own hopes and lights their candle from that of the person next to them. When all the candles are lit, everyone says together, "We welcome the Goddess as Maiden. We welcome the signs of new life. We welcome the coming Spring. Blessed Be." The candles can be placed somewhere safe to burn whilst everone enjoys a feast or, if this not a family celebration, they may be extinguished and taken home to bring Spring into everyone's home.
_____The Real Witches Year___
by Kate West
to all my witches and wizards out there, make sure you light your candles tonight!! And make sure to take down any and all left over Yule Greenery in your house, or it may be bad luck for the coming year!!