So many of our ancient traditions and rites have been destroyed and corrupted. In researching for the origins of Candlemas, there were many dead ends and Wiccan rites that made no sense. I asked the Demons for help and Father Satan appeared to me for a few seconds and said "Think Fire."
After a bit, it finally occurred to me, this tradition is of fire. "The Feast of Fire." A celebration of fire. This holiday has everything to do with the celebration of fire. Fire is an important part of Satanism. Imbolc/Candlemas falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Technically, when the sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius, this holiday should be celebrated.
In ancient times, holidays were celebrated according to the solar and lunar cycles and not according to fixed dates. Celebrating this holiday when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius gives it a special power as there is a special alignment. The fixed quarters known as the Sabbats, are excellent times for spells and magickal workings, as these will be given an extra boost in manifesting due to the alignment of the sun, especially if they involve the element of fire; e.g. using candle magick or invoking and directing the element of fire.
In ancient times, People danced around bonfires and celebrated until dawn. Certain foods are traditional for Candlemas/Imbolc, such as crepes and pancakes. Because of their rounded shape and golden color, they are symbolic of the returning sun, which this holiday represents. The emphasis on fire represents the returning warmth of spring and the spark of life/fertility for the coming planting season.
The element of fire is the element of creation and beginnings. Many covens consider this holiday to be significant for initiation rites for new members. This is an excellent time for performing the dedication ritual to Satan.
Covens should celebrate and work as a group on any of the above
The above is mainly a guide; feel free to modify anything and use your creativity as fire is of the creative principle!
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