Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hedge Riding Series: Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride

Hedge Riding Series: Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride

Prior to hedge riding, there are some steps every hedgewitch should take to ensure they are able to reach the Otherworld with ease. There is nothing more frustrating than attempting to hedge ride and your mind failing you because it is distracted by what you are going to eat for dinner or how much work you have left to get done. So how do you combat the urge to let your mind wander?

There are a couple of techniques you can use to begin focusing your mind; meditation and pathwalking are two such ways. I bet you guessed I was going to go there. Sorry! The best way to begin focusing your mind is through meditation. It is a common misconception that in order to meditate your mind must go blank. The opposite is usually true. During meditation, you hyper focus on one or two things or events. Instead of letting the mind wander to daily tasks, you focus on visualizing that one specific thing or event. Have you ever "zoned out" before? That's essentially what you do during meditation except it is a controlled zoning out. Reaching a quieted state of mind can be extremely difficult for some, especially if you are used to being constantly busy or are ADD/ADHD. This is a problem if you are looking to hedge ride. Your mind must be completely focused on the task at hand, or at least easily controlled if your mind does start to wander. Don't worry, my mind occasionally begins to wander as well, especially if I am under a lot of stress at work or home. So how do you begin meditating?

Hedge Riding Series: Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride

First, start by meditating for short periods of time, think 5 minutes. As you progress, increase the time to 10, 15, and 20 minutes. Once you can easily meditate for 20 minutes, you are well on your way to hedge riding. One of the simplest meditations to begin with is a 5 minute meditation where you visualize an apple or any of your favorite fruits. To begin, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. You don't want to be so comfortable you fall asleep, but you also don't want to be uncomfortable so your mind ends up wandering. Once comfortable, close your eyes. Begin visualizing an apple (or whatever fruit you picked). I always start with the apple itself. Is it red, green, golden, or a different color? Is it perfectly round, dimpled, bruised, or oblong? Is it shiny, glossy, or dull like a pear? Are their speckles or stripes? Next visualize the stem. How long is it? Are their leaves still attached? Is the apple on the ground or still connected to the tree. Spend 5 minutes focused on shaping the apple in your mind. Practice this visualization several times before you move on to bigger things. When you have mastered the apple, try visualizing a stream, an entire tree, your home, or even yourself. These visualizations are much larger and should take you between 10 to 15 minutes to completely form. If you are struggling, it could take up to 20.

Once you can easily conjure images in your mind's eye, try picturing nothingness. See how long you can focus on nothingness before your mind starts to wander. Again, start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20 minutes. This is much harder than visualizing an object during a meditation. This is the quieting of the mind often spoken of in regards to mediation. If you can't do it longer than 5 minutes, don't despair. You are more than capable of hedge riding without being able to quiet your mind for 20 minutes. In fact, hedge riding is much easier to do because you mind is busy processing information during a ride versus trying to remain focused on nothing.

Another technique to get your prepared for hedge riding is pathwalking. Essentially, pathwalkings are guided meditations that take you on a journey of sorts. I STRONGLY encourage all hedgewitches to practice pathwalking. It is one of the closest things to hedge riding without the actually riding experience. During pathwalking, the listener is guided through a visualization or journey. Generally, pathwalking takes between 10 and 20 minutes, although there are guided journeys that last much longer. You can think of pathwalking as being akin to hypnotism. The experience is similar except you are left in control of your mind and journey versus the guide controlling you. Begin with something short, think 10 minutes or so. You can even write and record your own pathwalking journeys if you can't find something you like. For example, you can record a journey through a forest where you take a nice refreshing dip in a cool river, or where you run through a field of wheat on a crisp fall morning. If you wish to find a journey already recorded, check out YouTube. Try searching guided mediation/journey instead of pathwalking. You'll find a slew of wonderful journeys, some of them focusing on ridding you of anxiety or even depression.

Hedge Riding Series: Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride

Being able to see a journey in your mind's eye is crucial to hedge riding. While hedge riding, your mind and spirit will journey beyond our realm to the Otherworld. You will experience things you never imagined as well as those that are familiar. Unlike pathwalking and meditation, hedge riding is not controlled. What happens to you is out of your control, apart from what you yourself do. You can, of course, decide where to go and what to say, but you have no control over those around you. They will interact with you the same way your friends, family, coworkers, and strangers interact with you. Despite this, hedge riding is still very similar to pathwalking. Mastering pathwalking will allow you to travel to the Otherworld with ease. It will also give you better control over your own actions while traveling. Nothing is more embarrassing than communicating with your companion guides and your mind wandering off and missing their important messages to you. I'm here to tell you, they know that your mind wanders, often times before you realize it has happened. It's rude, like interrupting someone in the middle of a conversation to text someone. However, don't despair when it happens. Ask forgiveness and move on. Focus on staying in the moment. Your guides will forgive you; I promise. It happens to me all the time, and I am experienced.

Remember, focusing your mind is key to hedge riding. If you are unable to keep it focused for long periods of time, you should avoid hedge riding until you have mastered it. Furthermore, if you are stressed, anxious, angry, or upset, you shouldn't hedge ride either. Being overly emotional is potentially dangerous and, let's be honest for a moment, it's hard to focus your mind when you are emotionally unstable. Why even bother? Wait until you are in the right mind set, then contact your guides for assistance if you must. If you are inexperienced, spend the next couple of weeks preparing your mind to travel. You have some time before I delve into actually hedge riding, so use this time to practice. Good luck!

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, including:

Hedge Riding Series

Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride
Preparation + Hedge Riding Sachet
Hedge Riding Etiquette: Do's and Don't's of Interacting with Spirits
Hedge Riding Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outside Our Realm
How to Hedge Ride + Flying Ointments
Seeking Your Animal Guides + My Animal Guides
Developing a Relationship With Your Spirit Companions
After You Hedge Ride: Coming Back to Earth
My Hedge Riding Experiences

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Herbarium: Daffodil

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Daffodil. Includes FREE BOS page!
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Fertility, Love, Luck
Magical Uses and History: Sometimes referred to as the "flower of March," daffodils are a marked characteristic of Spring, making them a symbol of fertility and new life. However, it is not only their blooming time that earns them their symbolism. Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus, a name most people are familiar with. According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome, young man who was completely infatuated with himself. Upon seeing him, the wood nymph Echo fell deeply in love with him. Being who he was, Narcissus paid her no mind and she withered away. When Nemesis/Venus heard of Echo's fate, she led Narcissus to a river where he caught a glimpse of his own reflection. Narcissus fell deeply in love with his reflection and refused to leave the water side. Scared he would waste away, the other gods turned him into daffodils. In other accounts, Narcissus drown while trying to hug his reflection, and daffodils sprouted on the shore line where he fell.

The daffodil appears in other folklore as well, representing a faithful lover, or even a self-centered one. Furthermore, the daffodil was commonly used in Victorian Flower Language to represent love. In some recounts, the daffodil is the flower Hades used to distract Persephone before stealing her away to the underworld. In some Middle Eastern traditions, the daffodil is considered an aphrodisiac. Either way, the daffodil has strong connections with love, making it the perfect flower to use during love spells and rituals. Wearing a daffodil close to your heart is said to attract love, but be weary of what kind.

Because the daffodil is one of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring, it also has strong associations with fertility. A bouquet of daffodils in the bedroom increases fertility. Furthermore, daffodils can be used during fertility rituals to increase the spells potency. Bouquets can also be placed on a Spring altar to represent the Wheel of the Year.

Daffodils are also associated with luck. Seeing the first blooming daffodil of Spring is said to bring the viewer good luck. However, seeing a daffodil growing alone is said to bring the opposite. A daffodil can also be carried or worn for good luck and fresh daffodils in the home are said to increase abundance.

Because of its association with Hades, the daffodil is sometimes associated with the underworld and death, making it a perfect flower for funeral arrangements to honor the deceased.  

Daffodil can be used in a number of spells including:
     Fertility Magic
     Love Spells
     Luck Magic

Medicinal Uses: Daffodils are highly toxic and should not be used medicinally. In fact, biting down on a stem can cause chills, dizziness, and even fainting. Despite this, some people still use the daffodil to treat colds, asthma, and whooping cough. Again, daffodils should not be used to treat any ailment as they are highly toxic.

Preparation and Dosage: Please do not consume or use daffodils in anyway as they are highly toxic. Have fun looking at them, but don't use them as a medicinal herb.

 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ostara 2018 Altar


Happy Ostara/Spring Equinox, witches! May the coming Spring bring the fruition of your desires. I set up a small altar to honor the coming Spring and our Mother Earth as she springs back to life. Because Ostara is an equinox, a day where day and night are equal, I made my altar equal in weight. Both sides have the same number of items and while they are slightly different, they are weights roughly the same, bringing equality and symmetry to the altar which is indicative of this sabbat.



Like last year, I placed a rabbit and a slew of eggs on my altar to represent fertility, new life, and new beginnings. You can't have a Spring altar without a rabbit. They are the most prominent symbol of the season. The ceramic eggs on either side were made by my mother when I was little. The large, blue marble egg in the center was handed down to me from my grandmother. Because of their family roots, these eggs hold tremendous love and power. Every time I look at them I smile. The egg holder is new this year. I picked up this gorgeous gem at Target a couple weeks ago for a dollar. The pastel pink of the holder is perfect for this season, as pink represents peace, fertility, and child-like joy.


Around the central marble egg are three crystals: amethyst, clear quartz, and rose quartz. Together these crystals represent peace and balance. The amethyst and rose quartz also represent fertility and love. Clear quartz, on the other hand, is a protector and amplifier of magic, thus creating a potent combination with the rose quartz and amethyst.


In the center is a milk glass vase of silk flowers to represent the rebirth of new life in Spring. March sees the return of many flowers that went dormant during the winter. My yard is full of flowers randomly planted by the previous owner. It is also a mystery each year what will pop up where. This year I am working on transforming my yard into a cottage garden. I can't wait to finish and show you guys the fruits of my labor. Spring is the perfect time for work in the garden as the ground is soft and the soil ripe for planting. The roses to the right on the altar are placed for the same reason as the silk flowers, to represent new life and beginnings. Roses also represent love, something we could all use more of right now.


Finally, I added four candles: 2 white and 2 pink. The white represents purity while the pink represent peace and fertility. Furthermore, the candles represent the rebirth of the Sun, who is reborn today. As He continues to grow in strength, the Wheel of the Year will move toward Beltane and Litha, bringing with Him warm weather and new life.


As always I like to keep things simple. I hope every one enjoys the day and has some good weather. Get out side and enjoy the first day of Spring.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Representing the Elements with Crystals


Generally when people think of crystals they associate them with the element Earth. This isn't incorrect by any means as crystals come straight from Mother Earth, and, therefore, they have a strong Earthly connection, but this isn't the only way to think about crystals. In fact, many crystals are born of Fire, Air, and Water, depending on how the crystal was formed. If you are looking at a new way to represent the elements on your altar, especially if you can't have candles or incense or don't have a lot of space, crystals are a great, smoke-free, flame-free, inconspicuous way to represent all the elements.

Some of these crystals are harder to find than others, so I have made sure to list easy to find alternatives as well. Remember, if a crystal speaks Water to you, but I have it listed under Air, go with your gut. Your associations and correspondences are more important and will make your altar and magic more personal and therefore strong. 

Earth

Earth represents grounding, stability, protection, prosperity, strength, and success. Really any crystal can be used to represent Earth, but if you are looking for specifics feel free to use any of the crystals below.
Black Tourmaline
Moss Agate
Jet
Malachite
Emerald
Peridot
Onyx
Jasper
Petrified Wood
Halite
 
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Earth

Water

Water is the basis of all life on Earth, and with water comes healing, purification, peace, intuition, divination, and emotions. Look for blue and white stones to represent water.
Pearls
Amethyst
Aquamarine
Coral
Moonstone
Blue Agate
Azurite
Chalcedony
Lapis lazuli
Sodalite
 
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Water

Air

Air is associated with thought, reason, intellect, memory, and knowledge. Being associated with yellow, many yellow stones are perfect for representing Air.
Tiger's Eye
Citrine
Opal
Topaz
Turquiose
Mica
Rhodonite
Amazonite
Fluorite
 Calcite
 
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Air

Fire

Finally Fire represents passion, courage, lust, romance, desire, and force. It can both create and destroy. Brightly colored red crystals are prefect to represent fire.
Carnelian
Sun Stone
Red Calcite
Amber
Garnet
Tektites
Fire Agate
Ruby
Red Jasper
Citrine

Representing the Elements with Crystals: Fire

Don't worry if you don't have any of the crystals listed above to represent the elements. There are several crystals that can be used to represent all four, including clear quartz. Clear quartz is am amplifier of all energies and can be used for just about anything. A crystal you may be unfamiliar with, Zeolite crystals, also represents all four elements. Zeolite crystals is crystallized sea water and lava. When it forms it combines lava (Fire and Earth) with sea water (Water) and ash (Air) to form a beautiful crystal. Zeolites include Apophyllite, Scolecite, and Heulandite. If you are limited on space, try using quartz or zeolite to represent the elements.

Representing the Elements with Crystals: All Elements

How do you represent the Elements on your altar?


Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner

Back in January I finished reading Crystals for Beginners: A Guide for Enhancing Your Health, Intuition, and Creativity Using Crystals and Stones by Corrine Kenner. I originally purchased the book during Amazon Prime Day. I have to say, I got the book for next to nothing, and I am thankful I ordered it. Thus far Llwellyn's "For Beginners" books have been well worth the read, for beginners, novices, and advanced witches alike.

I honestly I do not have much I didn't like about this book. It is comprehensive, easy to read, and full of excellent, reliable information with much of the content being rooted in science. However, I would have liked some pictures. Being able to see the different crystal forms and types of crystals would be nice for referencing. There are, however, a couple of drawings regarding some of the more uncommon and abstract crystal formations, which helped a little, but there were many others I was unfamiliar with and had a hard time visualizing.

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner
At the beginning of the book, Kenner gives a list of 20 crystals she thinks beginners should have. It was fun to read this section as my top 10 crystals were found on her list as well. Furthermore, I liked that she included the science of the crystals, from how they are made, to their hardness, and even how they work on a metaphysical level. Kenner talks briefly about uses of crystals in modern science and technology, mentioning that their energetic properties can be harnessed in spell work as well. She also makes sure to include extensive correspondence lists, that only only include crystals, but how to use different crystal colors and shapes to aid in your magical workings as well. I loved her guide to cleansing crystals as well, as it is comprehensive and describes how each method works to cleanse the crystal. Other books simply say to do it, without describing why the different methods work and when they should be used.

Overall I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars as I was disappointed there weren't any pictures. However, I believe this book is a must have for beginner witches and any witch interested in using crystals in their magical practice.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

Now that you have some sense of what hedge riding is, it is time to discuss the realms of the Otherworld. When hedgewitches hedge ride, they travel to the Otherworld to communicate with spirits, animal guides, and/or ancestral and spirit guides, or simply as a form of relaxation. To be honest, sometimes I travel to my Garden to get away from the stresses of day-to-day life. It is incredibly beautiful and relaxing there.

While not all hedgewitches will enter the Otherworld the same way, many believe it contains three realms that can be accessed through the World Tree, known in Norse mythology as Yggdrasil. Why the World Tree? Well, most of us can easily envision a tree, making travel easier. Second, the World Tree connects to all three realms. It reaches deep into the Earth, allowing access to the Lower Realms, is present within the Middle Realm with its trunk, and reaches into the sky allowing access to the Upper Realms. The World Tree is typically considered to be an Ash that stands close to the hedgerow, the thin veil between our world and the next, making it easily accessible to those who know where to look.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld
"The Ash Yggdrasil" (1886) by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine
In Norse mythology, there are nine total realms: three Lower, three Middle, and three Upper. If you would like to incorporate all of the realms into your practice, go right ahead. I prefer to use a simpler model, focusing on one of each: Lower, Middle, and Upper. However, if you would like to learn more about Yggdrasil, check out the following links:


The Lower Realm

The Lower Realm is where I visit most often, existing close to our own realm. The Lower Realm is wild, with unsullied terrain and life. I have, however, found a house once on a cliff side overlooking an ocean. The house resembled that of the mansion in Practical Magic, but it did not feel safe and inviting. In fact, it felt forced and out-of-place. I have avoided that area ever since. Other than that, the Lower Realm is a beautiful, rustic land that can be every season at once or none at all. I have encountered high mountains, vast deserts, lakes and rivers, dense forests, open plains, and frozen tundra while visiting the Lower Realm and encountered a number of animals while there.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

The Lower Realm is where I have met both of my animal guides, Meka and Rocar. If you are looking to meet and communicate with your animal guides, the Lower Realm is where you should travel. It is uncommon to meet them else where, especially in the Middle Realm. You can also meet ancestors, spirit guides, wise women and men, nature spirits, and faeries in this realm.

The Lower Realm is sometimes referred to as the collective unconscious, a reservoir of accumulated knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is where I travel to seek advice, look for archetypes, seek hidden messages, and ask questions of those who live there. Furthermore, it is easy to access and relatively safe in comparison to other realms.

Below the Lower Realm is the Underworld, a place I have not visited as of yet. It isn't that this realm is dangerous per say, but more because I have no desire to go there. Shamans, who tend to do psychopomp work, are more likely to travel to the Underworld in Shamanic Journeying than hedgewitches are during hedge riding.

The Middle Realm

The Middle Realm is located at the trunk of the World Tree and is our world with a spiritual overlay. This is where your Garden exists, a spiritual safe haven if you will. However, I almost never travel outside of my Garden when visiting the Middle Realm. This is by far the most dangerous realm to visit as it is essentially our realm, but with spirits roaming the streets as well. Be careful of anyone you meet while in the Middle Realm. They are often deceitful. If you meet an animal while visiting, do not let it convince you it is an animal guide, unless it finds you in your Garden. Ask for it to visit you in the Lower Realm. If it truly is an animal guide, it will meet you there without hesitation. Despite this, the Middle Realm is a great place to travel forward and backwards in time regarding your own life and that of your ancestors. If you are looking to evaluate your past choices or contact your ancestors, this is the realm to do it in.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

If you are inexperienced, I do not suggest travel into the Middle Realm in current time. However, traveling forward and backwards tends to be relatively safe, especially when meeting ancestors because they have your best interest at heart. When traveling back and forth through time, make sure your intent is well stated, so you don't end up getting lost, or worse, running into some less-than-savory characters. If you do, make sure you stay calm and follow some simple etiquette tips to be discussed in a later post.

The Upper Realm

Honestly, I don't spend a lot of time in the Upper Realm either. I prefer the Lower Realm or my Garden because they are where I feel most at home. However, you may find the Upper Realm the most inviting. This is a magical realm, where the Sun is always brightly shining and the landscape is perpetually in bloom. There are blue-green waters, lush tropical forests, and cloud forests aplenty in the Upper Realm. Honestly, the golden-glow is a little too bright for my tastes. It is in the Upper Realm that the "higher" spiritual beings dwell; think angels, goddesses and gods, and other spirit-like beings (ancestors, guides, etc). Your animal guides can easily follow you here. I have seen lots of birds in this realm as well, including golden eagles and hawks. I have also seen griffins soaring overhead in the Upper Realm.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

If you are seeking divine knowledge or healing, the Upper Realm is the place to go. You can also meet your spirit guides in the Upper Realm, the wise women and men of the past sent to guide you through this life.

This is of course only a simple look into the realms of the Otherworld. Furthermore, each person experiences them slightly differently. That's the wonderful thing about our mind and the Otherworld. It tries to present itself to us in a way we can understand, making it accessible to all those wishing to travel.

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, including:

Hedge Riding Series

What is Hedge Riding?
Realms of the Otherworld
Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride
Preparation + Hedge Riding Sachet
Hedge Riding Etiquette: Do's and Don't's of Interacting with Spirits
Hedge Riding Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outside Our Realm
How to Hedge Ride + Flying Ointments
Seeking Your Animal Guides + My Animal Guides
Developing a Relationship With Your Spirit Companions
After You Hedge Ride: Coming Back to Earth
My Hedge Riding Experiences

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Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Witch balls have a pretty long and rich history. Originally assumed to be less-than-friendly, modern witches use witch balls as a form of decorative magic. That's right, witch balls are usually prominently displayed in the witch's home or garden to bring about whatever magic they infuse the ball with. This is generally protection magic, but witch balls can be used for any magic you want.

With Valentine's Day under our belts, I decided to honor myself as well and put together a witch ball for self-love. After celebrating everyone else we love in our lives, why not celebrate ourselves as well? This simple witch ball is designed to be a constant reminder that you are enough, even when you do feel like it.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Supplies:
Clear, glass/plastic ornament
Small chip of rose quartz
Small pearl
Dried rose petals
Dried lavender
Heart-shaped charm
Twine
Small piece of paper
Marker/Pencil/Pen
Scissors

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Directions:

Begin by cleansing all the items and charging the crystals with your intent.

Next, gently place the rose petals and herbs into the witch ball. As you do, visualize your intent.

After adding the flowers, place your rose quartz and pearl into the witch ball. If you are using a glass ornament as I did, you may notice it is not a perfect opening, so test to make sure your crystals will fit prior to beginning. I brought the ball with me to the metaphysical store to ensure the rose quartz was small enough to fit through the opening. If you are using a plastic ball you may notice you can fit large sized items into it because it has some give to it. If you are able, place a heart charm inside the ball as well. I couldn't get my charm to fit, so I set it aside for another spell.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

On the piece of paper, write an self-love affirmation. I went with " I am enough. I am loved. I am beautiful." These are things I struggle with daily, so I felt they were three of the best affirmations to include in my self-love witch ball.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Finally, seal the ball and wrap the top with twine. If you'd like, add a heart charm to the twine prior to wrapping. To secure the first end of the twine, slightly open the top of the witch ball and place a small bit inside. Secure the top and the twine should remain snug. When you are done wrapping the top, you can tie it off, tuck the twine, super glue it, or even seal it with wax. Finish it off with a piece of twine to hang it up or place it in a holder.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Place in an area where you will see it daily to remind yourself that you are enough.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

While the magic seems rather simple, this is a very powerful tool, especially because you made the item and are displaying it as a constant reminder. Sometimes we cast a spell and forget about it because there is nothing left behind in the physical world to remind us of it. Not the case with the witch ball.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

How do you show yourself some love?


Monday, February 5, 2018

Imbolc Altar 2018

Imbolc Altar 2018

Last week was Imbolc (Feb 1 or 2 depending on when you wanted to celebrate). Imbolc, sometimes referred to as Candlemas, is a festival of lights. Candles are typically placed on altars and around the home to usher in the coming Spring, representing the young Sun who is growing in strength to bring new life to Mother Earth.

To celebrate this year, I took a minimalist approach to my altar. I decorated using candles, dried roses, crystals, and some incense. Nothing too fancy.

Imbolc Altar 2018

Most of the altar is covered in white candles to represent the growing Sun's power as the Wheel turns towards Spring. The candles also work sympathetic magic by encouraging the Sun to continue to grow in power and bring Spring sooner. We have all had enough of the cold by now, I am sure, and I am personally ready for the Spring breezes and flowers to bloom in full.

Imbolc Altar 2018

The roses and rose scented incense represents love, both passionate- and self-love. I decided to go with roses instead of the traditional white flowers because I wanted to represent the love between the Earth and Sun. Without the Sun, our Earth wouldn't have any life to be reborn with each turning of the Wheel of the Year. Furthermore, I wanted an altar that I could easily keep up through February, our month of love.

Imbolc Altar 2018

Finally, in the center I constructed a crystal grid of clear quartz crystal, rose quartz, and carnelian. The clear quartz is there to amplify the magic within the altar, while the rose quartz represents love and carnelian the Sun. Simple, yet effective. In the center of the grid is a single white candle, again a work of sympathetic magic to bring Spring to us faster. 

Imbolc Altar 2018

Imbolc Altar 2018
Imbolc Altar 2018

How did you decorate your altar this Imbolc?