Imbolc Correspondences & Lore
Date: February 2
Names: Imbolc, Candlemas, Imbolg, Oimealg, Brigids Festival of Lights, Lupercus
Colors: White, Yellow, Orange, Red or Light Blue
Herbs: Bay, Basil, Benzoin, Angelica, Myrrh, Blackberry, Heather, Iris, Violet
Sacred Stones: Bloodstone, Amethyst, Turquoise, Garnet, Onyx
Deities: Brigid, Ceres, Demeter, Dagda, Cerridwen, Eros, All virgin goddesses/gods of love and fertility.
Food & Drink: Dairy products, raisins, creamy soups, olives, leeks/shallots. white wine, milk, soy milk or water
Symbols: Ploughs and garden tools, brooms, candles, yellow flowers, Brigids crosses, Bride Dolls.
Imbolc is a Greater or White Sabbat and a cross-quarter day. It symbolizes fire and purification, the quickening of the earth, and flows of milk for the =aby Sun God. This is a time for initiation, dedication, re-affirmation and burning the Yule greens. At one time Imbolc was called “The festival when the ewes lactate” and is the mid-point of the dark part of the year. The fire that she kindled at Yule is now evident in the pregnancy of the herd animals and the fullness of their udders. It also celebrates the waiting bride of the Sun God.
The patroness of this holiday is Brigid. She is associated with the livestock and other domestic creatures and is patron the goddess of blacksmiths and bards. Brigid brings us blessings of inspiration/ creativity, poetry, healing/midwifery, weaving, knowledge/ wisdom, and reflection. This Lady was so popular among the ancient people that the Catholic church made her a saint.
This is a great time to do a personal dedication or re-dedication ceremony and divination work in regards to the prosperity and welfare of your family. You can also make known the things you want to draw into your life and send them out into the universe to begin the manifestation process
Activities for this Sabbat include: Blessings seeds and bulbs for this year’s garden as well as consecrating farm tools. Home fires are put out and relit as are the smithy fires, both are blessed. This is also the time to make Brigid’s crosses for yourself and for others as protective charms for the home. Brigid’s snake emerges from the Earth Mothers womb to see what the weather will be– if this sounds familiar, it should, as this is the origin of Groundhogs Day! If you made a corn dolly for Lughnasadh, you should make a Brides bed the evening of Feb 1st. She should be dressed in white or blue and placed in a basket near the hearth. The Celts would toss nuts into the basket as fertility symbols. Besoms should be consecrated and blessed at this time and you can even start the spring cleaning by “sweeping out the old to make room for the new”. Using your besom, sweep old energy right out the front door. Then place your besom near the entry to your home (straw pointing up).
Brighid of the Mantle,
Lady of the Lambs,
Keeper of the Hearth,
Beneath your mantle,
Guide our hands in yours,
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from
This day and night,
From dark till light.
(Celtic Prayer to Brighid)
Celtic myth & magick–Edain Mccoy
Grimoire for the Green Witch–Ann Moura
A Druids Herbal–Ellen Evert Hopman
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