Understanding Imbolc

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Imbolc is an old Celtic festival which is celebrated halfway between the Winter Solstice of Yule and the Spring Equinox of Midsummer, which falls on February 2nd. These Celtic festivals are often used to mark the beginning of each season - the others include Beltane, Lammas and Samhain. Imbolc is believed to mark the beginning of the Spring season where we celebrate the return of light and the rebirth of nature, when the worst of Winter is over and new life begins to blossom.

Imbolc is believed to be the time when the Crone would renew back into her Maiden form and bless the land with fertility after the darkest time of the year (Winter). Imbolc marks the ending of darkness and death and welcomes with it the beginning of birth and growth. At Imbolc, we honour the Triple Goddess Brigid - the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone - more importantly, we honour her in her Maiden phase. Brigid is also a Celtic Fire Goddess - the goddess of fertility, poetry, healing and smithcraft - and with her return, brings light, warmth, life and inspiration back into our world.

At this time, we must take inspiration from Brigid and allow ourselves to transform - renewal is a must at this time of year. Let go of the past and that which no longer serves you and make room for the new beginnings of Spring. We must step out of the darkness and into the light. Allow the Fire Goddess to light up the fire within you and heal your inner wounds. Now is the time to regenerate and rise up.

 

Here are a list of Imbolc correspondences and activities to try out during this beautiful time of year!


Colours That Symbolise

  • White
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Gold
 

Altar Items To Include

  • Brigid Cross / Brigid Doll
  • Swan feathers
  • Green candles
  • White flowers
 

Stones That Symbolise

  • Amethyst
  • Onyx
  • Garnet
  • Bloodstone
 

 

Herbs That Symbolise

 

Spells To Do

  • Fire scrying
  • Blessing
  • Creativity
  • Purification
 

Activities To Try

  • Make a Brigid Cross or Doll - see Pinterest for ideas
  • Redecorate your sacred space
  • Light candles in every room to welcome the Sun's return
  • Bless and plant seeds to grow
  • Make an Imbolc altar
  • Make a bonfire
  • Practice fire scrying
  • Go for a walk and embrace the beauty of nature.
 

For more on the Sabbats in the Celtic Wheel Of The Year, take a look at my post Celebrating Samhain.

Don't forget to stop by the Black Moon Gypsy store for custom made artwork like Cerridwen's Elixir and Sacred Amethyst Moon.

What are your favourite Imbolc traditions and activities? Feel free to share in the comments below!