5 More Ways to Celebrate Imbolc (Without Spending a Dime)


It's almost Imbolc! And you know what that means—it's time for the purge.

Now hold up. Put down the bat. I'm not talking about The Purge. No, no. It's still illegal to clobber your annoying neighbor. I'm talking about purging as in purification.

...I'm so disappointed that movie was basically just a typical horror flick because that concept could have been so interesting if they truly explored it. Where do the lines of morality vs legality overlap? How far would the average person go if there were no legal consequences? It'd be a very interesting narrative. 

But admittedly a little heavy for a blog, so let's get back to Imbolc. =D

Imbolc is a time of purification and cleansing, a period where we release the heavy emotions churned up during our Yuletide reflections.

Don't panic if you didn't reflect over the Yule season. I'm not going to quiz you or anything. I'm not that teacher. You know the one. That wet blanket that assigns a massive project over the holiday break that's due the moment you return to class. I'm pretty sure every student experiences one of those in their lifetime.

If you'd like to learn more about Imbolc, check out this post here (where you can also discover 5 MORE ways to celebrate without spending a dime!). But if you're ready to hear five fun ways to celebrate without breaking out the AmEx, scroll on, my friend!

Toss Your Cares Away
Cleanse your troubles by releasing them to nature. Standing beside a stream or river, hold a small river rock in your hands and visualize your problem floating down the stream, away from your life. When the image is clear in your mind, toss the rock into the water and watch it carry away your burden.

This ritual is a variation of a water spell shared with me by my lovely friend Gea, so shout out to Gea! ♥

Clean House (of your old crap)
Most of us have been meaning to clean out at least one closet that physically assaults you every time you open the door. Purify your home by clearing out old clothes and household goods and donating them to charity. Not only will this remove blockages that can stagnate your home's energy, but you'll also be helping the less fortunate. The Universe is kind of fond of that! ;)

Some Plants Are Worth Melting For
Snowed in? Take some snow inside and allow it to melt (by the fire is extra special!). Then take the melted snow (sometimes referred to as water) and use it to water indoor plants or cut flowers. This symbolizes The Wheel turning as winter slowly transitions into spring. 

Plus snow just seems extra cleansing compared to regular tap water. Maybe I'm just biased? But then again I've never heard Lorelai Gilmore proclaim, "I smell tap water!"

Take a Ritual Soak
Using herbs such as rosemary, lavender, or chamomile, draw yourself a soothing hot bath to soak away the stresses of chilly winter! When you're ready (but before you get out), envision the weight of your problems being washed away by the water as you emerge, leaving them behind in the tub. As you towel off, visualize a bright white light radiating from your freshly cleansed skin. Savor the buoyant feeling of release! You are now cleansed of any negative energy (which remains in the tub). Let the water drain and picture your concerns rushing down the pipes with the bathwater. You are now physically and energetically oh-so-squeaky clean!

I would advise you use a muslin bag or tea ball to contain your herbs. Otherwise, use essential oils. Trust me, you don't want to end a relaxing bath with a soggy mess of herbs.

....Not that I know this from experience or anything. *Closely examines nails* I mean, I haven't had to pick lavender out of the bathtub bud by bud or anything.  

Try Your Hand at Fire Divination
Considered the Festival of Light, fire is often incorporated with Imbolc rituals. Use this time to try fire divination! While it sounds somewhat complicated, all you really need to do is meditate while looking into the flames, allow your mind to slow and thoughts to clear, and see what information presents itself to you. This may come as a personal revelation or a foretelling. Don't try to force the process; just relax into it. =D

You may find larger fires, such as camp or bonfires, are easier to work with than candles. But if you're a fire sign, this may come to you very easily! 


So remember, while we can't resort to The Purge to rectify our problems, we can purge many nuisances from our life without the hassle of bloodstained carpets.

Too dark? Sorry, my humor is still in winter mode. =/


Have you ever tried fire divination? What's your favorite way to honor Imbolc?

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Super Simple Pie Crust Spell (for ANY Pie!)


With holiday baking in full swing, I can't help but wonder how many pie crusts are going into the oven unenchanted. It's a shame, really! I hate a good opportunity for magick being wasted simply because someone doesn't know how easy it is to incorporate a spell into mundane tasks.

...If you don't understand why missed magick opportunity upsets me so, please take a look around my site. I'll wait. Gotta finish this eggnog anyway.

Without further delay, here is my SUPER simple Pie Crust Spell that I highly encourage you to incorporate into your next baking session. Whether it's homemade or store bought, sweet or savory, it doesn't mean a thaaang! Just get to casting, you kitchen witch, you!


What You'll Need:

Pie Crust

Writing utensil

Oven


How to Conjure:

Using something pointed, such as a toothpick or a butter knife, gently carve a symbol, word, or picture that represents your desires into your pie crust. Just break the surface. Don't cut all the way through your crust or your goodies will flow out when baking. Get creative. Incorporate runes. Create your own sigil. Draw like the third grader we know is hiding within. Just put some love into it. No need to harness your inner art critic. 

Before adding your filling, take a moment to hold your palms over the crust (facing the crust) and envision your desires manifesting. 

Add filling. Bake. Eat. 


See?! I told you it was easy! Just make sure you eat some of it. Unless the spell is for someone else, such as a healing spell. In that case make sure your intended eats it. But remember to play nice when casting for others. Don't go The Help on your pie. Mostly because it will come back to you, but also because it's totally illegal. And gross. And, like, really gross.

Don't understand that reference? It's probably better. It will forever ruin chocolate pie. =/

Happy magickal baking! ♥


What's your favorite kitchen witch hack?


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Cozy Spells


As the dark nights of late autumn draw near and winter's chilly embrace begins to settle around us, you may be feeling less inclined to set up an altar to cast a spell. Mostly because you're cold and want to stay tucked under the blankets.

I hear you. The snuggle is real.

I've composed a list of cozy spells that allow you to weave magick in ways that nourish that urge to huddle down and domesticate as autumn yawns into the hushed chill of winter. So brew yourself a steaming mug of tea, wrap yourself in your favorite cozy sweater, slip your tootsies into some warm socks, and get ready to cast some fun and simple spells that make you feel all toasty inside!

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There is something soul-nourishing about lighting candles on a blustery day. This simple spell turns even the most humble of tealights into a casting marvel! 




Remember that cup of tea I suggested? Why not stir in some magick?




Better yet, treat yourself to a rich and decadent cinnamon-infused tasty conjuring.



No need to get off the couch to craft this easy sigil spell. 



Did you know the mere act of washing your hands can be turned into magick? Find out more by clicking below.



Nothing says cozy like a pot of soup simmering on the stove on a gloomy rainy day.  



Is there anything better than warm apple pie on a cold day? Why yes! Magickal warm apple pie, but of course!



Light some candles, turn on relaxing music, and get all domestic with this house cleansing spell that'll make you feel like a witchy Martha Stewart. 



Feeling a bit blue? Tend to your soul with this delightful self-care tea spell.



Pair that tea with these simple self-care rituals. 



Or sip your bubbling brew while reading tarot. 



Conjure up sweet dreams with this heavenly scented prophetic spell.



Or make your entire home smell wonderful while clearing away the funk.



Why not end the day with a dose of magick infused in a blissfully soothing hot bath?



Whether you brew yourself a cup of tea or break out the herbs for a sachet, isn't it lovely to know magick can be woven into everyday life, making a mundane task divine? That, in my humble opinion, is the essence of comfy and cozy—knowing there is magick all around us, even in the most unassuming places!

Now go get your ass into some fleece pants and get to casting! ;)

What's your favorite way to hunker down on a cold day?


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Samhain on a Shoestring (Halloween on a Budget!)

(Not exactly sure what it means to celebrate Samhain? No need to hang your Pagan head in shame. Catch up here.)

In case you haven’t heard, Samhain 2020 isn’t just taking place on a full moon but a BLUE moon, pumpkin truckers!

I think I just accidentally discovered a new reality show— Pumpkin Truckers: No (pumpkin) guts, no glory!

Anyone? Not funny? Okay.

You can withhold love all you want, my friends, but come October 31st it will still be a blue moon on Samhain, pitty laughter or not! So brew a big batch of PSLs, witches, because it’s going to be a long night of casting and mayhem and Snickers and moon magick!

#Haven’tStartedInOnHalloweenCandy #NotOnSugarHigh #PinkyPromise

If my enthusiasm is somewhat off-putting annoying alarming, well just remember that 2020 as a whole has been like trying to pick up a turd by the clean end. Like you, I am 2020’d to the max so I either make myself laugh or toss myself off a bridge. And since I’m in New England where we favor the covered variety, I’ll stick to laughter. Who the hell wants to saw through a bridge before jumping off it? Amirite?

I believe we can all agree that Samhain on a blue moon feels like a little apology gift from the Universe. Chocolates included since it is Halloween. And since stress has been the theme of the year, why not embrace the magick of this Samhain blue moon and really live it up? After all, celebrating life is the best way to honor the dead.  

Below I’ve included a whole slew of BRAND NEW FREE goodies along with some beloved oldies to help you celebrate the best sabbat of The Wheel without abusing your wallet. I’m talking new rituals, brand new printables to help you decorate, and some of my favorite edible spells I’ve shared in the past. If you enjoy these freebies or just want to be part of the cool crowd, please consider supporting Penniless Pagan by purchasing a copy of my Halloween spell book Samhain Traditions, which has some very special spells and rituals not offered on this site. Every purchase keeps this blog alive and is very much appreciated!

Without further distractions, here are some low-cost and cost-free ways to get your Halloween on!


Remembrance Rituals

Through the Veil Paper Pumpkins

Cut out a pumpkin shape using black construction paper. Use a hole punch to poke holes into the paper. A sharp pencil will also work in a pinch. Each hole will represent the spirit of a transcended loved one you’d like to remember, so make as many holes as necessary. With a silver or white pen write one person’s name above each hole. When you are done, hang the paper pumpkin in a window that gets good moonlight. As the full moon rises on Samhain night take a moment to stand before the pumpkin and say, “You are remembered.” As the moon rises in the sky the silvery moonlight will illuminate your paper pumpkin, each hole shining in loving remembrance of a transcended soul!


Linked Together Paper Chain

Once again, break out the construction paper. Listen, I know it’s strange to be thirtysomething and still use construction paper regularly, but it’s affordable and the sound of scissors cutting through a fresh sheet just does it for me. Okay?

Cut strips of orange and black construction paper. On the black strips write the name of a transcended loved one. On the orange strips write any messages you wish to convey to them. Link them together with tape or staples, alternating black and orange. You can, of course, make extra links so you have enough chain to string around your room. Have fun with it! It’s okay to be a little silly, even if you’re sorely missing your deceased friends and family.

On Samhain night, take a few moments to read the names and messages aloud (or in your mind if uber self-conscious) and when you are done simply say, “You are remembered.”  


Ribbons in the Wind Ancestor Tree

Head outside and find a few smaller tree branches (twigs really) that will make a nice little tree decoration for your altar or table, something you can stick in a vase and hang ribbons from. Think: twig bouquet.

Now you’ll need to cut some ribbon. I recommend using orange ribbon and black ribbon, because it makes for a really beautiful display. But you can use whatever you fancy. Cut yourself several pieces of each, roughly 8-10 inches long. Using a black or silver marker, write the names of your transcended loved ones on the ribbon. One name to each ribbon (extra ribbon is fine for decoration purposes). When you are done, tie or hang each ribbon onto your ancestor tree. As you tie each ribbon on say aloud, “You are remembered.”

As an alternative you can simply tie the ribbons to a real tree outside, preferably an evergreen (representing the eternal nature of their souls).  


You Light Up My Life Mini Pumpkin Candles

Did you know mini pumpkins make amazing candle holders for tea lights? Simply carve out the top as you would cut into any pumpkin, scoop out any innards, and voila! Pumpkin tea light holder. Of course, that’s just a decoration, not a remembrance ritual. Soooo....

Use a permanent marker to write the name of a loved one across the outside of the pumpkin, one name to a pumpkin. As dusk falls on Samhain night, light your miniature pumpkin candles to honor their passing. As match touches wick say aloud (you guessed it!), “You are remembered.”


Free Printables

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Edible Magick




If you're itching for more free ways to celebrate Samhain, check out this post. If you're really looking to up your Halloween game and wish to support the blog, treat yourself to a little seasonal magick with Samhain Traditions! Every purchase helps keep the blog stocked with freebies, so thank you very much! ♥

Hope you all have a candied apple, nougat filled, magickally inspired, hauntingly good blue moon Samhain! 

Happy Halloween, everyone! 

How will you be spending your blue moon Samhain?



 Looking for more ways to celebrate Samhain? Check out Samhain Traditions: 13 Simple & Affordable Halloween Spells & Rituals for the Witches' New Year! Every purchase helps keep PennilessPagan.com alive and supplied with tons of free material, so thank you! ♥



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