You can add extra depth and significance to your rituals by carrying them out using the associated
candles, crystals, herbs and incenses when the particular seasonal energies are at their height. Such
seasonal empowerments will bring the related qualities into your life, to be stored for times when you
need their strengths in your everyday world, perhaps at a time of change or crisis. After a year or so of
tuning into the seasonal cycle, you will build up a repository of energies for every occasion, like an
inner harvest ready for whenever you need them.
On the other hand, if an urgent need suddenly arises in your life, you can at any time of the year repeat
the seasonal ritual most representative of the necessary strengths you require, to amplify the powers
You can enter the Wheel of the Year at any point. Some people begin at the Celtic New Year in
November, but it may be easier in modern life to begin as I have with the rituals of the early spring,
when stirrings of new life first appear. The Celtic day is calculated from sunset to sunset and so the
festivals began on the eve, usually the most important time in the festival, and continued for three
days. The first we shall work with is the festival of Imbolc (meaning ‘in the belly of the mother’, and
also known as Oimelc ‘ewe’s milk’).
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