The next stop in our eight stop journey around the sun following the “Wheel of the Year” cycle is Imbolic, celebrated on February 1st this year. This is the traditional Gaelic festival celebrating the midpoint of Winter, with a sigh of relief, while knowing that the days are getting longer and preparing with excitement and joy for the rebirth of Spring with hope, love, and light.
As this is the time of new beginnings and planting of literal and metaphorical seeds for manifestation and growth, also this is the time of cleansing and purifying. These seeds symbolize all of your dreams, hopes, desires, and yearnings.
“Replacing ‘should’ and ‘could’ with deep desires and ‘why not?’ I danced, breathed, shook off, and embraced. I only let in people, experiences, and things that filled me up, lit me up, and made me feel whole.” ~
Simple Ways to Honor and Celebrate Imbolic
Brigid’s Cross ~ Since ancient time, the Celtic Goddess of inspiration, creativity, fertility, and fire, Brighid, has presided over this celebration of renewal and rebirth. In more modern times, Brighid is honored and celebrated as a part of the maiden, mother, crone life cycle.
To honor Brigid, we create Brigid’s crosses. Traditionally, Brigid’s crosses have been made out of wheat stalks to honor her as goddess of home and hearth. Modern times, you will find Brigid’s crosses made from construction paper and straws. Hang your finished cross over your hearth, or stove, to protect your home against bad weather and illness.
After Ireland converted to Christianity, people had difficulty no longer worshiping the old gods and goddesses, therefore, the Goddess Brighid became St. Brigit. This lead to the creation of St. Brigid’s Day.
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Cleanse your sacred space and alter ~ You may take this time to clear your altar and set new or updated intentions. Add Imbolic symbols and do some gridding to aid in bringing your hopes and dreams to fruition.
Take a cleansing bath ~ Not only is Imbolic the time for clearing your home and sacred space but also in clearing your own energy.
Start off by creating some space and setting your intention and mood. Light a “color of Imbolic” candle, burn some sage, incense or herbs to clear the energy around you. Fill your bathtub with water adding in Epsom salts and essential oils, if you choose. If you do not have a bathtub, run your shower to steam. You will gently run the Epson salt blend over your body while meditating on the new beginnings and hopes of Imbolic. While rinsing away the salt and old energy, keep your intentions in the front of your mind or speak them aloud.
Craft Brigid’s Crown ~ As further celebration of Bridig, goddess of home and hearth, create a crown in her honor. You may choose to wear this, place it on your alter, or hang on a door in your home.
- A circular wreath frame, generally of straw
- Winter evergreens, such as pine, fir or holly
- Spring flowers such as tulips, dandelions, peonies, hyacinth
- Ribbons in “color of Imbolic”
- Candles at least 4″ long – or battery operated lights (Candles are optional)
- A hot glue gun or E6000 glue (once you try E6000, you will never go back to superglue)
As you craft and create, you should always state your intentions aloud or in your head.
Place the circular wreath on a flat surface. Use your glue to attach the candles, followed by the greens and flowers and winding the ribbons through the wreath. Leave the candles off if you will be hanging your wreath or crown.
Once the glue is dry, you may choose to wear or place on your door or alter.
Signs and Symbols of Imbolic
Colors of Imbolic
Gemstones of Imbolic
Animals of Imbolic
Foods of Imbolic
- Chamomile and other Herbal Teas
- Spiced Wine
- White Meats
Herbs and Incense of Imbolic
- Lemon Balm
Essential Oils of Imbolic
However you choose to celebrate this first step into spring, take time to give thanks for all you have learned and received in the prior year. Clearly state your Imbolic intentions. And enjoy the beauty and energy of Imbolic with love and light.