Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Imbolc


The main theme of this Sabbat is new beginnings. 

Imbolc has a rich history that dates back to the 10th century. It falls right in the middle of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It usually falls on the first of February, (in the Northern half of the world. Below the equator, it’s celebrated on another day).

The name Imbolc comes from Irish Gaelic, and it translates to Ewe’s milk. I’ve seen another translation  which is in the belly. Either translation generally means the same thing: Imbolc signals the coming end of winter when animals will soon breed and planting season's right around the corner. 

To the Celts, this was one of four fire festivals. It was a celebration that the coldest and darkest part of the year was over. Which makes sense since they depended on the crops that grew and we know that in winter crops do not grow. 

Imbolc signaled the Celtic society coming back to life in a way. During the winter, no warfare was allowed. Everyone had to ration food, bad weather kept everyone in doors. But no more, the sun grew stronger in the sky in each day, bashing the coldest of weather and the darkness.

Imbolc was celebrated all around Ireland, Scotland and parts of Britain. Even Wales had a similar celebration.  

The Celtic Goddess Brigid plays a huge part in this Sabbat. In fact, Imbolc is one of the few Sabbats that has a huge spotlight on a single Goddess or God. 

Brigid is a Goddess of the Tuatha de Danann. She’s the daughter of the chief of the Gods, The Dagda. She’s a Goddess of fire, healers, poets, smiths, childbirth, and the hearth. Her name means Exalted One, and she’s said to lean over every candle. She’s said to be a Triple Goddess.

She was loved so much that when Christianity came to Ireland that the Catholic adopted her and turned into a Saint. 

Some things I like to do on this Sabbat or around it. 

1) What we call spring cleanings is a good thing to do. 

2) I won’t be able to make it this year but I usually try to make a Brigid’s Cross. 

3) Light a candle to welcome warmth and spring and also Brigid. 

4) Talk a walk

5) I like to plan what I’m going to plant in the few little pots I have on the patio. 

6) I bake bread and sometimes a cake or pie. 

7) Some like to make candles and I’d love to try one day.

8) Bless any candles you may have. 

9) I listen to lots of Imbolc music. Since I love music so much this really helps me feel like the holiday is really here. 

10) I usually sit at my altar and just kind of chill there. Relaxing and enjoying what I have and make plans for the year. 

 
Brigid's Cross

Whatever you do. I just hope you have a great day! Stay safe my friend and blessed be.