Imbolc is a Sabbat that celebrates the beginnings of spring and is usually celebrated on February 1st or 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere. Imbolc is also called Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid's Day, and Lupercus.
It is a time of renewal and purification and a time to honor the Celtic Goddess Brigid. This is a time to focus on new beginnings, fresh starts, and personal growth. Imbolc is a special time of year that brings with it a feeling of transformation and hope. Even when the ground is still cold, the plants have yet to wake up, and snow is still falling, the most difficult days of winter are over. Our bodies are connected to the earth, and the coming of spring reminds us that life is ever-changing and that we can always find hope in the new beginnings that come with each season. May we all take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Imbolc and the coming of a new season full of possibilities.
- Colors: White, yellow, and red
- Symbols: Candles, Brigid’s cross, snowdrop flowers, and lamps
- Foods: Dairy, bread, oatcakes, and nuts
- Stones: Garnet, amethyst, and quartz
- Herbs: Basil, myrrh, and angelica
- Animals: Sheep, ewes, and lambs
Imbolc Goddess Brigid
Brigid is a goddess of fire, protection, fertility, and healing. She is often represented by a triple flame, symbolizing her connection to the three aspects of the goddess: maiden, mother, and crone. Other names for Brigid are Bride, Brid, Brig, Brighid, Brigit, Brigantia, Ffraid, and Breo Saighead. Her presence can be felt in the winter months, bringing warmth and protection to those who honor her. Brigid is a powerful figure and a great source of strength and courage. She encourages us to explore our creativity and to live our lives with passion and purpose.
One way to bring Imbolc magic into your life is to perform a simple ritual in its honor. You could start by lighting a white candle and meditating on your hopes and dreams for the coming year. You can also add herbs and crystals to the ritual to energize the space and add to the intention of the ritual. Some herbs that are associated with Imbolc are rosemary, bay laurel, and marjoram. For crystals, some great choices are amethyst, carnelian, and moonstone. Finally, you can end your ritual by writing down your wishes and intentions and burying them in the earth, or placing them in a special place in your home. May your Imbolc be full of magic!
Things to do to celebrate Imbolc Sabbat
Imbolc is one of the eight pagan sabbats and a great time to celebrate the coming of spring. Here are some creative ways to honor this special day:
- Create a festive altar for the sabbat. Decorate it with symbols of Imbolc, like white flowers, candles, and images of the Goddess Brigid.
- Do some spring cleaning. Take this time to eliminate clutter and start fresh in your home.
- Make a special Imbolc feast. Enjoy a meal of traditional dishes like loaves of bread, potatoes, and dairy.
- Perform a ritual. Imbolc is a great time to honor the Goddess Brigid and celebrate the return of the light.
- Spend some time outside. Take a walk in nature and appreciate the new signs of spring.
- Light candles and create an atmosphere of warmth and coziness.
- Spend some time reflecting on your past year and the changes you want to make in the future.
- Take this time to honor yourself and practice self-care.
- Enjoy some Imbolc-themed crafts like making corn dollies or weaving.
- Spend some time connecting with your spiritual side and meditating.
Imbolc is a great time to celebrate the coming of spring and to honor the Goddess Brigid. Enjoy this special time by getting creative and reflecting on the past year.