Lighting of the Hearth

Supplies:
*  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.

Recite:

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.