I did a ritual at my house this past weekend. I had reservations about doing Imbolc, or doing it at “home” anyway. This isn’t my home anymore, or at least it’s becoming not my home. I’m trying to emotionally distance myself from it, to make having to leave my home of over a decade hurt less, but in the end, I decided that since I am still here, it is still my home. The place I live is the only place to do Imbolc. So, that decided, I invited my friend’s over and did ritual.
The main thing I do every year on Imbolc is get ready to clean. I buy any cleaning supplies I am low on, I get a new broom and bless it, I start my spring cleaning. I did all those things, going to target the day before and getting new dishcloths, a spray bottle, so many great smelling candles and other supplies. I spent the morning of the ritual making the ritual space clean, renovating the fire pit and trying to dry out the wood a little after all rain. I went to Lowe’s and got a few supplies for the working as well.
Once my friends had arrived we did a short, fun and casual ritual. Wine was drunk, cookies were eaten. The new broom was blessed (which I must admit a new broom feels pretty wasteful since I can’t really take it with me when I move in 5 months). We planted flowers in little clay pots and talked about the things we want to “grow” in our lives this year. It was a nice afternoon, full of friendship, laughter, and love.
We went to my favorite sushi place, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, for dinner after. https://www.yelp.com/biz/kura-revolving-sushi-bar-doraville-2
It was a nice day. A good way to start the transition from winter to spring.