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Lupercalia- A History!

Hello Witches!

In the spirit of the holiday, I thought we could learn more together about the history of Lupercalia. It’s no secret that many modern holidays have Pagan origins and some, though not all, historians believe that Valentine’s day is no different.

The celebration of Lupercalia (from February 13 to February 15) is in honor of twin brothers Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome. The brothers had been ordered to be killed by their uncle but were instead floated down the river in a bakery and saved by a wolf, who kept them safe and healthy. On this day they went back to the cave the wolf lived in, naming it Lupercal.

Ancient celebrations involved ritual sacrifice of a goat and a dog, after which they would have a celebratory feast. Nowadays not all paths support ritual sacrifices, though if yours does, I respect that. That said, you may wish to change the ritual to more modern traditions.

While Valentine’s day is about love, Lupercalia is more about fertility, family, and brotherhood. In ancient sacrificial rituals, two priests would perform the sacrifice, which would involve stripping down, wiping blood from the knives on one another’s faces, then cleaning it with wool dipped in milk and laughing. A more modern ritual could involve grilling on an open fire with a ceremony over the food led by two people, representing the two brothers. Good spirits and laughing were an important part of the ancient ritual so any alteration of the ritual you decide to do, I recommend keeping it light-hearted.

Correspondences of the Wolf: knowledge, loyalty, family, perseverance

Sources: history.com and britannica.com

Go in peace.

How to Make Candles- Candlemas Edition!

Hello Witches!

Happy Imbolc to you all. I hope this celebration finds you in peace and joy. I thought for today’s celebration I would teach you how to make candles.

You will need:

  • Wax (your choice of materials but remember if it’s labeled for either jars or free standing, stick to the lable. Jar wax doesn’t hold it’s shape well but the wax evaporates better than stick wax which will drip.)
  • Wick
  • Pot
  • Glass bowl or double boiler
  • Container or mold
  • Scents, coloring, dry flowers, crystals, etc. (Optional)

Keep in mind that anything you use in this project will forever be covered in wax. If you’re creating a candle for a ritual, I recommend cleansing your space and even going so far as to cast a circle. I also recommend using preshredded wax. You can also grate or chop it to help it melt faster but preshredded is great if you don’t want to spend the time.

Set up your pot of water and get it started boiling. Add your wax to the glass bowl or double boiler and set it on top of the boiling water. If you don’t have a glass bowl, a large pyrex measuring cup also works great. As your wax melts, suspend your wick in the middle of your jar or mold. Once your wax melts completely, remove it from heat and add any scents or colors that you’d like. If you’re adding flowers or crystals to the candles, you may have to pour it in increments, then add the ingredients, let it cool, and add the next layer. Flowers tend to float or stay suspended whereas crystals will sink in hot wax.

Some color correspondences to consider:

  • White: Purity, innocence, cleansing, protection;
  • Green: Money, growth, wealth, fertility;
  • Orange: Success;
  • Yellow: Intelligence
  • Red: Bravery, friendship
  • Pink: Love, friendship
  • Blue: Pysche;
  • Black: Banishing.

I hope you all have a lovely Imbolc!

Go in peace.

Imbolc and Candlemas- A Celebration!

Hello Witches!

We’re just a few short days away from the celebration of Imbolc. As a sabbat, Imbolc traces back to Celtic Pagans celebrating the goddess Brigid (also appearing as other similar names such as Brigitte, Birgid, etc). Brigid is known as the Goddess of flames and is also associated with fertility and protection. The celebration of Imbolc likely began as winter was difficult for the early Pagans who lived off their land and wouldn’t be able to farm for a few months to come. Imbolc helped to bring hope for the spring and summer months soon to come. It was a very common celebration and as Christianity gathered pace, the church adopted Imbolc as the feast day of St. Brigid, a saint associated with fire, fertility, and protection.

It’s common to light candles to celebrate (hence also being known as Candlemas). Other ways to celebrate include using this as a time to cleanse your home, both physically and spiritually. You may choose to create a Brigid’s Cross to hang in your home as a symbol of protection. It’s also a good time to be creative (though when isn’t?). Focus your efforts towards light, new hope, and rebirth.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of Imbolc, my primary resource was Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to the Old Ways by Edain McCoy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! Also mention your favorite way to celebrate Imbolc!

Go in peace.