and in the warmth of love,
We gather to seek, to sustain, and to share.”
~ Chalice Lighting from1st Unitarian Church Orlando
I ~may~ be a bit of an absentee blogger for the next few weeks as I look and write and practice and work and Work towards Imbolc.
I am working on an Imbolc ritual for a group of Pagans. I am doing it, primarilly, out of obligation. I said I would do it and so I will. We should keep our word, both when it is convenient and when it is not; that is the path of integrity, and why we should be damn careful about promising or volunteering for things!
It’s not that they are bad people, its just that the group itself has become incredibly hidebound and cliqueish and self-satisfied and convinced of their own glorious golden energy-ness. New people with new ideas, experiences, and education, could not possibly have anything to offer this group they are just perfect… at least as they seem to see it. So I have pulled back from my involvement with them, and Imbolc will be my last entangelment with the group.
It is ironic that this Feast of Rekindling and celebration of New Beginnings will also be, at its heart for me, a blessed release… but I suppose it is appropriate that for me the time between Samhain and Imbolc is sort of The Cross-Roads of the Year…
We celebrate the Honored and Beloved Dead at Samhain when according to the lore the walls between the worlds are at their thinnest, then we turn to celebrating the Honored and Beloved Living at Solstice…
… Of course some Traditions, including Heathenry Celebrate the Honored and Beloved Living AND Dead at the Solstice, or near it…
Samhain is, for many, a spiritual/religious New Years based on the old (and increasingly suspect historically) idea that the Celts celebrated the New Year on Samhain. (Whilst suspect historically, this is nonetheless valid, but lets cop to our innovations and inspirations shall we?) For me the New Years will always be the Winter Solstice, hard NOT to think of it as a Major Sabbat and as the Turning of the Year when you spent most of you life to date someplace where you see 4 hours daylight on that day and know undeniably that the days will get longer… one kind of thirsts for sunlight and Spring in that sort of situation…
Now we are moving towards Imbolc and I am trying to write a Rite that will express my Witchcraft and Honor the Gods and especially Honor the Holy Tides of this Sabbat and celebrate and Honor Brighid. This is a challenge as, due to an early experience with The Morrigan, left young Witchlet Pax more than a little wary of the Celtic Gods… so I have been doing a lot of research and am STILL debating with myself after 3 months as to whether I want to do a Witches Circle or a more generally Celtic/Druidic inspired Ritual am trying to write an invocation to Brighid…
I had asked a number of trusted folks if they would help, only the Fabulous Jonathan got back to me… but I am doing the right on my own, for a group of people with whom (with only very few exceptions) I will not likely be willing to Circle with again, nor break bread…
And yet even with the mixed feelings I have about this coming Imbolc, I am working on it as best I can. I am thinking and writing and meditating on it and going to to the best I can for this Holy Day… not only out of obligation, but if this is the ONLY real chance I am to be allowed to give my best for this community, that once meant so much to me to be involved, then I will give them my BEST…for both myself and for The Gods.
Then too as painful as my association with this group was, and as near as it came to causing me to give up on a lot of things, it not only taught me some valuable lessons, but led me to involvement and friendships and much healthier associations that I would not have found without them; so I will celebrate the Sabbat and ballance my accounts with them… paying the coin as the Traditional Witchcraft folks say…
PS- New links have been added to the Online Resources and New Books to the Suggested Reading…
2 thoughts on “Rekindling the Sacred Fires”
Hey Pax =)
That’s quite sad that you feel this way about a group that should in theory feel at home with. However, if they are too up themselves then who wants to be a part of that?!
Ah Morrighan, I hope she hasn’t put you totally off celtic/druidic practices, they are rich and full of depth. Good luck writing your ritual, I’m sure you’ll do fine.
Winter Solstice feels more like New Year to me too – the true rebirth of the year!
It is sad, but I as painful as it was I believe it for the best.
Ah, yes, The Morrighan… scared the bejasus out of me at a cross-roads so many years ago… it did turn me off the Celtic Gods for a long time… I’ve recently realized that I was scared off the path for a while by my encounters with some of The Holy Powers, but that may not have been a bad thing. Thanks for the luck, I am working on a Druidic and Celtic Recon inspired rite…with a hint or two of NeoPagan phrases to make the crowd a little comfortable….
Thanks for the kind words, comments and luck