Imbolc goes by many names: candlemas, Imbolg, Oimelc, and Brigid’s Day. Also known as “The Feast of Lights,” Imbolc is another fire festival. Finally, we are at the midpoint of the dark half of the year! This day marks the return of the sun and the end of winter. Of course, you’ll find our Groundhog’s Day coincides with Imbolc; both a reminder that spring is on it’s way (even if the Groundhog says otherwise). The word the Sabbat is derived from, “imbolg” means “in the belly.” All is expectant; even if barely visible, it holds the promise of renewal, new beginnings and a revitalizing of dreams.
- Day: February 1st/2nd
- Colors: White, Orange, Red, Yellow, Green
- Decorations: Spring Flowers, Besom, Corn Dolly
- Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Myrhh
Traditionally, the celts held a great festival honoring Brighid, (such a beloved pagan goddess that the Christian church renamed her Saint Brigid) Goddess of fire, sun, and hearth. She is the triple goddess of inspiration, smith-craft and healing. It is a time to give thanks for the growing daylight, and it is said those attuned to the energies of the earth can feel the life begin to be breath under the soil. The sun gets brighter, the earth gets warmer, and we feel the quickening movements under the ground.
For some people, this is seen as a great time of initiation into the practices of a spiritual path. Some join covens, or hold self initiation ceremonies. (Here is a group initiation from Thought and Co). This is also a time of shaking off those winter months, so to speak. To reconnect with nature and revisit the dust covered belongings in your home; this is popularly referred to as “spring cleaning.” So light some candles, plant some seeds, clean your room and start preparing, for with the spring comes fruition of goals planted over the winter months.
Happy (Almost) Spring!