Sierra Madrone Grove celebrated Imbolc on Sunday, February 1. About twenty people attended.
This was the warmest Imbolc I could remember. Previous Imbolcs have been rainy, windy, and cold, but this one was warm, around 70 degrees. California is entering its fourth dry winter, and this has been the result.
I presented the Two Powers meditation to establish the group mind at the beginning of the ritual, and reversed it at the end.
The Deity of the Occasion was Brighid, and the Gatekeeper was Manannan Mac Lir.
For my praise offering I offered herbs to the Earth Mother and spice to the Shining Ones, asking them to impart their wisdom to humankind in order that we may heal our planet.
Our grove installs the new board at Imbolc during the working portion of the ritual. We began a new tradition this year by lighting a beeswax candle during the installation. The candle will hopefully last for about thirty years.
The ogham omens were idad – change – for the Ancestors, birch – beginning – for the Earthkin, and hawthorne – warning – for the Shining Ones. This was interpreted as acknowledging the change in our grove leadership, with the admonition of being careful of what that change may bring.