Imbolc pronounced ‘im’olk is tomorrow February 2nd. The Cross Quarter of Imbolc is a time to acknowledge the “First Spark” of embedded energies that have been sleeping over the winter. The seeds that are underground acknowledge the returning energy and will begin to convert it to life deep within the seeds, underground and unseen by man. Even though it is still the dead of winter and feels like winter in most places, the Sun’s energy has been returning ever since the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year Yule) on Dec 21st. On this day we are 1/2 way between the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) and the Spring Equinox (equal night and day Ostara).
February is also the month in which snowdrops and crocuses begin to appear, things become very spring-like with daffodils and hyacinths coming early as well. Most of us are sick of Winter by this time of year and we all look forward to seeing early flowers, slightly longer evenings, and slightly brighter days around Imbolc. This is the time to reflect upon this cycle and appreciate the unseen gifts that exist in your everyday life. A good time to clean up any negativity and to cleanse using sage as a smudge stick.
The old pagan festival of Imbolc, celebrated the pagan goddess named Brigid pronounced BREED and marked the end of winter and birth of spring. On some modern calendars, February 1st is noted as St. Brigid’s Day/Candlemas; and is celebrated symbolically with the weaving of reeds into crosses called a Brigid’s cross and Bonfires are made. Brigid is the Goddess of Fertility, flowers and fire, she is a triple Goddess and in Spring she turns from a Crone to a maiden again.
Things associated with Imbolc.
Incense and herbs: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon.
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers, Brigid’s wheel.
Candles and Colours: White, Orange, Yellow, Red.