Solitary Three wishes Imbolc Ritual by Sue Perryman

The festival of Imbolc celebrates the reawakening of the earth. I know some people find it hard to celebrate light and life when we are in the coldest part of the year and the ground is frozen and bare. But deep within the earth the seeds are waiting to germinate, and the bulbs are pushing their way up through the frozen ground. Ewe's are giving birth bringing new life into the world. Out of the darkness comes the spark of light, winter does not last forever. I see Imbolc as the promise of new life and warmth to come.

Imbolc is also known as Candlemas or Brigid’s day and it is one of the Celtic fire festivals that celebrates the promise of Spring.

At Imbolc the Goddess returns as maiden and the god who was born at Yule is now a young man.

Imbolc is dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid, goddess of healing, smith craft and poetry. Her attributes are intuition, inspiration, divination and keeper of the sacred flame.

Snowdrops and crocuses are rearing their heads above the frozen ground and below, in the dark earth other plants are stirring.

Imbolc is the time of year for purification, re-birth and new beginnings.

Candles are lit at this time to represent the return of the light as the Sun's energy increases.

Decorate your altar with Imbolc symbols: Brigid's cross, candles, snowdrops or other spring flowers, potted bulbs, fire symbols, a poem that you've wrote yourself or something you have created, a Brigid corn doll. Colours for Imbolc are traditionally white for snow, red for the Sun and green for new life.

This is a good time of year to Spring clean your home. Clear out the old to make way for the new, recycle or donate to charity all that stuff that's no longer useful. Once your home is clean and clear smudge it with cleansing herbs to banish any stagnation or negativity and allow inspiration and creativity to flow again.

For the three wishes spell place a white or red candle on your altar and three smaller white candles or tea lights in front of i