Imbolc Rite

“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Imbolc Sabbat is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.

Celebrate this Sabbat on the Eve of February. Set up your Altar as normal, then place the two additional candles from Yule and light them, then Erect the Temple. When you are ready, read or recite the following:

“Now has the Lord reached the zenith
Of his journey.
It is meet that I rejoice for him.
From now till Beltane is the path ahead less dark,
For he can see the Lady at its end.
I, and Wiccans all,
Give now our hearts to our Lord Woden.
Let us make this a Feast of Torches
To carry him forward, in light,
To the arms of Freya.”

Take up the two additional lit candles, and hold them high, one in each hand, then continue:

“These have been lit from the Sacred Altar.
To Woden, the Might One,
Do I give my love and my strength.
So be it!”

Replace the candle on the Altar, take up your Seax and kiss the blade, return it to the Altar, then continue:

“Thus shall the journey be made through to Beltane, renewed in Strength and happy in Love. As the Gods give to us, so is it right that I should give to the Gods.
So be it!”

Continue with the Ceremony of Cakes and Ale.


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