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DAVA'S CANDLES

Imbolc Colors:
  • White
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Brown
Correllian Witan Shrine of the Walking Moon
The Correllian Nativist Tradition is founded upon the teachings of the
High-Correll family. The Correllian Tradition is dedicated to fostering
communication and co-operation between Pagan peoples everywhere,
and to improving and securing the status and legal rights of Pagans as an ethnic group.

The teachings of Correllian Nativism derive from the blv. Orpheis Caroline High Correll,
an American woman of mixed racial and cultural descent, who taught that Pagan (Native)
peoples around the world could only survive through united action against religious/cultural imperialism.

Imbolc spell

~*~ Imbolc ~ February 2nd ~*~

 
As the light lengthens, so the cold strengthens

Imbolc (pronounced 'im'olk' also known as Oimelc) comes from an Irish word that was originally thought to mean 'in the belly' although many people translate it as 'ewe's milk' (oi-melc).

Imbolc was one of the cornerstones of the Celtic calendar. For them the success of the new farming season was of great importance. As winter stores of food were getting low Imbolc rituals were performed to harness divine energy that would ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later.

Like many Celtic festivals, the Imbolc celebrations centered around the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. For the Christian calendar, this holiday was reformed and renamed 'Candlemas' when candles are lit to remember the purification of the Virgin Mary.

Imbolc is still a special time for Pagans. As people who are deeply aware of what is going on in the natural world they recognize that there is strength in cold as well as heat, death as well as life. The Horned God reigns over the Autumn and Winter and although the light and warmth of the world may be weak, he is still in his power.

Many feel that human actions are best when they reflect the actions of nature, so as the world slowly springs back into action it is time for the small tasks that are neglected through the busy year. Rituals and activities might include the making of candles, planting spring flowers, reading poetry and telling stories.


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