The Harbinger of Spring
Imbolc is a beautiful time of year. Everything is starting to come back to life after a long and dark winter. Flowers are blooming, the air is warmer, and there is an abundance of new baby animals. The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds more often. We can see the first signs of spring, and we feel rejuvenated. It’s all about embracing the fresh start that nature is offering us!
Humans are intimately connected to Mother Nature and her seasons. As our surroundings change, we are guided to change as well. Imbolc is a time of purification and renewal for the planet and for ourselves. Releasing the old to make way for the new.
This Greater Sabbat is celebrated on February 1st or 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere. When spring is just on the horizon! Also referred to as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. On this day, we honor the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. Truly a turning point for the year, as we move away from the darkness and back out into the light. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the elemental information regarding the meaning of Imbolc. Plus eight fun and simple ways to enjoy the day.
Honoring the Goddess Brigid
Imbolc is celebrated to honor Brigid, the Goddess of Fire, Sun, and Hearth. She represents fertility, abundance, and an abundance of fertility. During the early spring, Brigid will arrive to bless the land and our homes so that new life may begin. She helps people and animals get connected to nature, and each other.
The Wheel of the Year is the Celtic calendar marking the continuing change of seasons. The four fire festivals throughout the year honor the sun as it moves through the different seasons: Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lammas.
This Goddess is known by many names; Bride, Brigit, Bree, Bridey, Brighid, and Brigid. Just to name a few! Many people celebrate Goddess Brigid on Imbolc by making little grass dolls or crosses. These are placed near the hearth of the home to bring good fortune and fertility. Some people even write their intentions on them and lay them out with crystals.
Beyond being a Goddess of regeneration, Brigid is also the Goddess of poetry, childbirth, healing, plus any sort of art or craft. A wonderful Goddess for mothers to invoke and work with. She truly is the Bringer of Prosperity. And Imbolc connects deeply with Her nurturing energy. So even if you’re not a mother, you will receive blessings of abundance from Brigid!
Imbolc brings us new hope and new life after a long winter. Everything is blooming and transforming right before our very eyes! After many months of darkness, the light is finally coming. We are guided to let go of the past and make new plans for the future.
During the winter, we tend to turn inward for hibernation and self-examination. As springtime arrives, we begin to look back out towards the outside world, ready to embrace our purpose. Imbolc inspires us to clear out the physical and mental clutter that doesn’t serve our highest good.
”Imbolc rituals were designed to encourage growth and provide a supply of food until the next harvest.” — Maureen Murrish
Imbolc traditionally calls for a feast of delicious carbs, puddings, creamy soups, white wine, seeds, and nutty desserts. Herbs like rosemary, bay, and basil really enhance that Earthy energy in our food. Burning myrrh and frankincense also can also provide some lovely grounding energy.
Bring in some fresh white, red, and/or orange flowers to promote personal transformation during this time. Crystals that go beautifully with Imbolc include malachite, amethyst, citrine, and aquamarine. These can also be placed around the home or on your alter to acknowledge this season of renewal. Remember to always use your intuition!
8 Simple & Fun Ways to Celebrate Imbolc
Personally, preparing and eating a mouthwatering meal is my favorite way to celebrate any sabbat! I also like to do a tarot/oracle card reading to check in with my spirit guides. They always have incredible wisdom to share. Finally, I love to meditate holding a corresponding crystal to bring me closer to the energies of this time. Spending more and more time outside as the weather gets nicer is really important to me as well. After being cooped up inside during the winter, I’m always so excited to get back to nature!
So on top of these few things, here is a list of little ways to celebrate Imbolc:
1. Simple candle magick! Light a white candle for a meditation, ritual, or spell for prosperity.
2. Bust out the organic cleaner! Spring clean your home while the weather is still warming up.
3. Look to the future! Make a list of a few intentions and/or goals you would like to achieve this season.
4. Raise plant babies! Physically plant some seeds so you can watch life grow as summer draws closer.
5. Have a tea party! Drink herbal tea that is green or pale in color. Serve with seeded cakes, buttery scones, and/or nuts.
6. Smudge your space! Use sage to cleanse your entire home while holding love and light in your heart.
7. Invoke the Lamb! Spring is the lambing season, from this Spirit Animal we can learn to be gentle and kind.
8. Honor Saint Brigid! Invite the Goddess of Fertility into your life to bring prosperity and new beginnings.
Related Article – Cultivate a Spiritual Practice
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. How will you be celebrating Imbolc this year?