These are my favorite treat to make for Beltane! Best shared with someone you love, of course. 😉
* 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 1 cup white sugar
* 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
* 2 eggs
* 1 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 2 cups white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the white and brown sugars, until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda; then incorporate into the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop rounded spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between dollops.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to set on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
* Matches * Kindling, wood, fire starters, paper, etc.
* Fireplace * Imbolc casting herbs (or other suitable offering that can be burned)
This ritual is best performed on Imbolc between dawn and midday, to honor the sun, which is now growing in the sky.
Prepare the fireplace with kindling, fire starters and paper.
On this Imbolc, in the cold of the midwinter, we light the hearth fire to restore light to our earth and home.
Light the fire, and once it is going, continue reciting:
We call to Brighid, the flame of the hearth, to bless us with her presence.
Patroness of Bards, Protector of Mothers:
We ask you to bless our home with your warmth and shelter.
We ask for your gifts of abundant prosperity, peace, and love.
May we be healed and purified by the power of your sacred flame.
We cast these herbs as an offering and in thanks for hearing our petition.
May their fragrance be pleasing to you, beloved goddess, whom we honor this day.
Scatter a handful of casting herbs into the fire. Once they have burned down, ignite a match in the flames of Brighid’s Fire and use that same match to light the Imbolc ritual candle and other Candlemas candles, which should be left to burn throughout the day on the altar, on the fireplace mantel, or around the home.
You will need:
* Bath tub & hot water
* Towel, robe
* White & pink candles (vanilla or rose scented are great)
* Herbs associated with love, such as rose petals or apple blossoms
* Meditation music
* A natural, organic body lotion
Run hot water into the bath tub. Meanwhile, place and light the white and pink candles around the tub, positioning them however you like. (It is preferable to dim or turn off the electrical lighting in the room and bathe by the candlelight.) Cast your herbs into the hot water in the tub and turn on your meditation music.
When the water is to the height and temperature you prefer, undress and sit down into the tub. Lay back and relax.
While listening to the meditation music, reflect upon all of the fears and insecurities you have about yourself. Once firmly fixed in your mind, imagine these worries seeping out of your body into the bath water. Wash these troubles away with body soap, if you like, while visualizing all of the negative thoughts about yourself going out of you and into the bath water. Then let the bath water drain, taking all of your insecurities down the pipes.
Towel off and put on your robe. Grab the body lotion and hold it in your hands while thinking about your personal strengths, imaging the lotion becoming charged with these affirmations. Then slather the lotion on your body and allow your skin to soak up all of the beautiful, positive energy.