Imbolc – Brigid’s Well Spell
To Heal Or Bring General Good Health
Purpose: To ease ill-health or bring well-being in the coming year.
Background: Imbolc is also known as the Feast of Brigid, a well-beloved Irish Goddess renowned as a patron of healing. Many springs and rivers are sacred to her, bearing features of her name, in Brittany, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, but her strongest association with the healing power of waters is with wells.
In pre-Christian times, people venerated the genii loci, or “spirits of place,” of natural locations that were considered particularly sacred springs and wells, sources of water that came up from the earth, were considered very special, and healing properties, including cures for eye and skin problems, became attributed to many of those associated with Brigid. In this spell, you will be recreating Brigid’s Well in symbol, in the form of a pottery or stone bowl or cup. Since Brigid’s Healing Well is a spiritual symbol, this recreation is just as valid as if you had applied to the spirit of a well in Kildare, in Ireland, or a river in Wales. You may make up to three requests for healing, including one for general good health, as appropriate.
How to cast the Spell
Items You Will Need:
Six white candles, 6-8″ in length
One stone or pottery cup or bowl
Three small beach pebbles
One small cup of salt
Timing: Cast this spell at Imbolc
Casting the Spell:
Place the candles all around the cup.
Name each stone as an ailment you wish healed, as appropriate, sprinkling a pinch of salt over each. Breathe onto them, saying:
By my breath.
Cover them with your hands, saying:
By my flesh.
Place the in the cup, and cover them with water, saying:
By the living waters of Brigid, may health prevail and good reside.
Light each candle, saying:
Hail, Lady of Fire.
Hold your palms toward the flames and close your eyes, then visualize dark stains on the stones dissolving in the water, rising to the surface to be burned away in the candle flames.
Chant the following until you feel the energies in the circle rise:
Earth, water, flame
Work in Her name
Earth, water, fire
Work my desire.
Discharge the energy raised by raising your hands into the air and mentally releasing it.
Return the stones to a beach as soon as possible after Imbolc night.