Imbolgc

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What is Imbolc?

 

 

Imbolc (Imbolg)The name Imbolc comes from the Old Irish i mbolg, 'in the belly', 'the time the sheep's milk comes'. This day is also called Candlemas, St Bride's Day, or Brigid's (pronounced BREED) Day. At this stage, the Goddess is changing from Crone to Maiden. It is the Feast of Bride and the celebration of the first signs of Spring. We are successful passing through winter and into the beginning of the agricultural year.

 The Celtic Goddess Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery. If you can make it with your hands, Brigid rules it. She is a triple Goddess, so we honor her in all her aspects. This is a time for communing with her and tending the lighting of her sacred flame.

This is a time to start planning for the year ahead. What is it that you wish to accomplish by years end? Bride's Fire represents our own illumination and inspiration as much as light and warmth. Imbolc is also known as Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercalia, Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, Feast of the Waxing Light, Brighid's Day, and probably by many other names. Some female Witches follow the old Scandinavian custom of wearing crowns of lit candles, but many more carry tapers during their invocations.

 

 

The symbolism of Imbolc:

Awaking from slumber, rebirth of self, brighter warmer days ahead.

 

 

Symbols of Imbolc:

White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red candle in a cauldron full of earth, doll, Bride’s Bed; the Bride, broom, milk, birchwood, evergreens, homemade besom of dried broom, orange candle anointed in oil can be used to symbolize the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.

 

Animals of Imbolc:

Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes,

robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation

 

 

Herbs and Flowers of Imbolc:

Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, clover, heather, myrrh, all yellow flowers, willow

 

 

Foods of Imbolc:

Dairy, spicy foods, raisins, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds, poppyseed bread/cake, honey cake, pancakes, waffles, herbal tea

 

 

Incenses and oils of Imbolc:

Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, wisteria, apricot, carnation

 

 

Colors of Imbolc:

 Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver, green, blue

 

Stones of Imbolc:

Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise

 

 

Activities of Imbolc:

Lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, storytelling, cleaning house, bonfires, indoor planting, stone collecting, candle kept burning dusk till dawn; hearth re-lighting

 

Spellworkings of Imbolc:

Cleansing; purification, renewal, creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings, welcoming Brigid, feast of milk & bread

 

Deities of Imbolc:

 Goddesses- Aradia, Athena, Bast, Blaize, Brigid/Brighid, Ceres, Cerridwen, Demeter, Gaia, Hestia, Venus, Vesta.

Gods- Cernunnos, Eros, Herne, Osiris, Pan.