Thursday, January 31, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras #4: Lighten Up! (with Imbolc, also known as Candlemas)

It's just about Imbolc/Candlemas, D. D. Scott-ville!

In the magickal witchery realm, that means it's time to "Lighten Up!"...from the inside out!

Beginning tomorrow night at sundown - February 1st - thru sundown on February 2nd, I'll be celebrating the witch's sabbat/holiday of Imbolc, also known as Candlemas or Brigid's Day.

I've talked about Brigid before as she's one of my all-time fave goddesses. You can learn more about her in my Magickal Mantra #2: Home and Hearth, Health and Wealth, O Bright One!

She is indeed The Bright One. The Triple Goddess of hearth, health and home, she's considered the keeper of the flame and therefore a wonderful source of light and illumination.

She was born at dawn and heralded a brilliant light (thus she's often referred to as The Bright One), which she forever maintains around the hearth of homes the world over. Because she illuminates life and keeps homes full of good health and love, prosperity/wealth (in all aspects) grows.

Here she is bringing light to a cold and snow-filled Winter night.

Imbolc marks the half-way point between Winter and Spring, and believe it or not, the earth and all of its amazing plants and flowers (some of its animals too) are beginning to wake up far beneath all that snow.

For thousands of years, people have celebrated this half-way point by bringing all the extra light into the world that they can - primarily using candles (thus...Candlemas).

I'll be doing something to this effect both outside and inside our home to light the way for Spring and to encourage more light and love in our hearts...

There are many other magickal correspondences for this fabulous witch's holiday too! For example, you can use the magick of flowers (called flower fascinations) using white and red carnations - white to symbolize the snow blanketing the earth and red for the flames from the fires we burn, whether in our hearths/fireplaces or by candlelight.

One of my favorite witches - Ellen Dugan, The Garden Witch, also uses the color purple to give her the comfort of knowing the gorgeous purple crocus will soon be popping out of the snow and ushering in Spring.

Note: I highly recommend you follow the Wheel of The Year with Ellen. She's just wonderful, totally witchy brilliant with superfab fun 'tude to go with it! I'm on her Pinterest almost every day, which is where I found these gorgeous images for Imbolc. And I'll have soon read all of her books! :-)

So, as we all settle in for the weekend and perhaps another cold, snow-filled Winter night (and if you don't have snow where you live, I've probably got some from here along the fab shores of Lake Michigan that I can share with you), light those candles and your heart along with the rest of the world!

The Best of D. D. Scott-ville Magickal Wishes --- D. D. Scott, Witch-in-Training


  1. I was just writing about dreams and how the prophetic ones come during the "Witches Hour." And who shows up, but my favorite witch! Thanks D.D.

    1. Luv the Witches Hour, and you too, Pj!

      Cheers, my friend, and may bunches of Imbolc hugs and light be coming your way. Blessed Be!!!

  2. My Geraldine would like Ellen Duggan, as they both like purple. Is that a coincidence or what?

    1. Not a coincidence at all, Julie!

      I've always been a huge purple fan I know that perhaps it was an early link to the magickal realm that I just hadn't recognized yet.

      Cheers, my friend!

      And you're gonna luuuvvv Ellen Dugan, The Garden Witch!!!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to setting out our luminaries tonight, Jaw!

      Just using canning jars, epsom salts and white votive candle.

      They'll look gorgeous in the 4 fresh inches of new snow we got last night...and expecting 3 more inches today!

      Cheers and Blessed Be!

  4. Interesting post D.D.. I'm going to have to take some time and learn more about Ellen Dugan.

    1. You will just luuuvvv her, Becky! I learn so much from her, and she has our kinda superfab 'tude too!

      Cheers, my friend, and Blessed Be!