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Merry Meet and Brightest Imbolc Blessings to all of you. <3
Imbolc is typically celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February. Today is St. Brigid's day. Today we honor the Celtic Goddess Brigid who came to be known as the Christian Saint. Her festival was originally known as Imbolc. The name Imbolc refers to the lactation of the Ewes. So today we celebrate the return of Spring. :)))) Imbolc is also known as Candlemas.
In Ireland, at this time of year, even though it was still cold and harsh, they began to prepare their land for Spring farming. In ancient Pagan times they would circle the field with torches to purify and make ready the land. In the Celtic traditions today is the day that we would remove any Yuletide greenery still in our homes and burn them to make ready the coming of spring.
This winter has been a lot different for me here in MA. Yesterday afternoon I was sitting outside in the sun as it was near 60 degrees outside marveling at how wonderful it smelt outside and looking at the signs of spring. Huh? I'm in Massachusetts. January is typically freezing, I mean freezing here. I'm usually buried in snow right now, and lucky if I can stand outside for 5 minutes let alone sit outside in the afternoon watching the birds outside. I really do feel as if Spring is here though. Watch, now as I've written that I'll get hit with three feet of snow this weekend. lol :)))
In any event Sacred Mists is having their Imbolc ritual today which I am hoping to attend. I am looking forward to the ceremony this afternoon. I'll post tomorrow and let you know how it goes. How are you celebrating Imbolc? Any special traditions? I bought my some some spring colored play dough which he is happily playing with next to me right now. :))) I hope everyone has a Blessed Imbolc. Love and Blessings to you all.
Deities of Imbolc:
All Virgin/Maiden Goddesses, Brighid, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Gaia, and Februa, and Gods of Love and Fertility, Aengus Og, Eros, and Februus.
Symbolism of Imbolc:
Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, The Re-Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
Symbols of Imbolc:
Brideo'gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid's Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs.
Herbs of Imbolc:
Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
Foods of Imbolc:
Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.
Incense of Imbolc:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.
Colors of Imbolc:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown.
Stones of Imbolc:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.
Activities of Imbolc:
Candle Lighting, Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo'gas and Bride's Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bon Fires maybe lit.