Imbolc

Let us celebrate the halfway point between winter and spring.

Imbolc is Old Irish meaning “in the belly”. Seeds stir in the belly where they will create life come spring.

Originally celebrated in Scotland and Ireland as the sheep began to give birth and the grass began to grow, to celebrate life and longer days ahead.

Goddess Brigid is celebrated and honored on this day either in her maiden goddess form or in her Christian form as Saint Brigid. She is the patron of healers, blacksmiths and guardian of domestic animals.

While we often celebrate the goddess let us not forget this is also the celebration of the Sun God reaching puberty. We celebrate him and honor him with the lighting of candles.

Traditions include

  • Making Corn husk dolls
  • Brigid’s Crosses
  • Lighting a candle in each room
  • Decorating with white flowers such as snow drops and crocus
  • Sweeping the thresholds
  • Cleaning altars and tools

Colors used in rituals and celebrations include

  • White
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Light green
  • Brown

Eat pumpkin or poppy seed cakes and breads and dairy products such as butter, in your Imbolc feasts. Plan your garden and celebrate life’s starting point.

Whether you celebrate with elaborate ritual, or just simply lighting a candle as you clean your space, I wish you a blessed Imbolc.