Midwinter Ritual Recap
moved from Oaken Scrolls
Commonly called Imbolc. I celebrate this day as the day when Demeter hopefully throws off her mourning robes and begins to prepare the land for her daughter’s return. Last night I placed some green fabric outside as an offering to replace her mourning robes if she wishes. If not I asked for her blessings upon it. When I finally made it outside (9:30 am) to check on it, the sky was a blazing beautiful sunny blue. The cloth was partially in the sun. The part that was not was lightly coated in ice crystals. Demeter is not ready to leave off mourning but is instead enjoying the sunlight. All I can do is hope that the moisture we need comes but not the bitter cold.
I did my ritual after my son went to bed. Maybe I’m a wimp but it is just easier this way. Overall the ritual seemed a flop. Maybe it was the insomnia I’ve been dealing with all week. Maybe it was Demeter’s reluctance to let go. I don’t know. Offerings were flowers. A single white rose to each of the Kindreds, with a petal from each flower placed into the water of the oil burner. I took one more flower off the arrangement to give to Yemaya during the workings sections (as she has been on my mind this week). The remainder of the bouquet, I gave to Demeter along this prayer and this one. Hermes, as Gatekeeper, got chunks of cinnamon also placed into the oil burner.
- How were my offerings received? 7 of Pentacles/Patience – with patience
- How shall the Kindreds response? 5 of Wands/Struggle – by putting struggles in my path
- What more would you have me learn/do? Knight of Pentacles/Protective – be loyal, dependable and steadfast in the face of adversity.