Imbolc

Date: February 2

Other Names: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid’s Day

Goddesses: Arachne, Arianrhod, Athena, Attar, Brigid, Februa, Gaia, Selene, Vesta

Gods: Braggi, Cupid, Diancecht, Dainichi, Essus, Februus, Pax

Colours: White, Pale Green, Yellow

Foods: Cheese, Milk, Seeds, Bread, Eggnog, Pork, Dried fruit

Herbs: Evergreen, Rosemary, Clover, Dill, Willow

Incense: Evergreen, Rosemary, Clover, Dill, Willow

Oils: Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli, Olive

Stones: Amethyst, Garnet, Onyx, Turquoise

Animals: Lamb, Goat, Burrowing animals, Dragon, Deer

The Goddess is now recovering from her delivery of the God, who has now grown into a youthful boy. His powers are shown as the warmth fertilizes the Earth and plants begin to germinate deep beneath the ground. Very durable plants will show above ground now. The renewed power of the sun is felt after the cold, dark winter and this Sabbat is one of purification and is full of light. An offering of milk poured upon the ground showed the peoples gratitude for the fertilization of the ground.

Brigid is the Goddess of fire and fertility and this Sabbat is a fire celebration, welcoming the return of the light. This is the start of new beginnings; the beginning of Spring and also new beginnings in the Craft, as this is a popular time for initiations or dedications. The celebrations are truly striking for this occasion as many candles are lit as well as bonfires. Brigid is also the muse of poets and at this time stories and poems are told.

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