Candlemas is a time of new beginnings, this is a good day to
ritually celebrate all things new. Plan a ceremony to name a
new baby, officially welcome a new person into a family or
plight your troth to your beloved. Make a commitment to a goal
(like a New Years resolution): this would be an especially
powerful thing to do in a group.
Francisco, the Reclaiming Collective sponsors a big public
ritual called Brigid, which focuses on political commitment.
After acknowledging despair over the events of the past year,
the participants reflect on the source of their own power and
then make a pledge in front of the community about the work
they intend to do during the coming year. During this ritual,
the flames in a cauldron represent Brigid's Sacred Flame, the
fire of inspiration and passion, while a punch bowl filled
with waters gathered from all over the world represents
Brigid's Holy Well, the source of healing and purification.
plan your own ceremony, use these two powerful symbols: fire
and water. For instance, wash your hands and bathe your face
in salt water, which is especially good for purification.
Light a candle as you make your pledge. Incorporate the third
symbol of the holiday — seeds — by planting a seed or bulb
in a pot to symbolize your commitment, or by blessing a bowl
or packet of seeds that you will plant later.