As new baby roots burst free and burrow deep for nourishment and the crocuses prepare to take their first breath, Imbolc brings with it the promise of spring. Imbolc is by far my favorite holiday. Usually, at this time of year, I’m desperate for warm
breezes and sunshine (wistfully staring at photos of Bora Bora on my computer screen.) and for me, Imbolc is a turning point. We’ve rounded the corner of another long dreary winter and it’s full steam ahead for spring.
Imbolc is a cross quarter holiday that falls between the winter solstice and the spring equinox on the wheel of the year. It has been called by many different names and celebrated by many different cultures throughout history. In Gaelic tradition it was a celebration of the goddess Brighid who represents fire, hearth, and home. She is also the triple goddess maiden, mother, and crone. Imbolc is the transition from crone to maiden bringing the promise of rebirth, growth, and new life.
For me the underlying energy of Imbolc is palpable. The shift in this energy and the promise of possibilities not yet realized is exciting and I find that my mood definitely improves. I prefer this time of year, rather than the New Year, to set goals and make resolutions.
This is a great time to declutter and thoroughly spring clean your home making room for new things to enter your life. No one likes to clean, but you have to admit it feels really great when you’re done. A clean uncluttered space reduces stress and frees up your mind. You’ll be totally zen.
It’s an exciting time holding promise for the coming year. Light candles and make wishes for yourself and your loved ones for prosperity, health, and success. Candle colors are red, white, yellow, and green. There’s also a very nice solitary Imbolc ritual posted here.
Imbolc is the perfect time to make your own traditional witch’s besom to sweep negative energy out of your home if you’re up for the challenge. I definitely want to do this, but I’m not going to make it in time for Imbolc this year. There’s a great tutorial here, and no you can’t fly on it. 😉
Celebrating with food is always a must. Foods for Imbolc are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, muffins, breads, peppers, onion, garlic, and dairy products. Herbs are basil, bay, wisteria, cinnamon,violet, vanilla, and myrrh. This year I am making an Indian curry dish containing a few of these ingredients. I’ll share the recipe Sunday evening. A few links to some recipes for Imbolc:
Now that I’ve made it my life long goal to never see snow again, I am not as desperate for spring days as I used to be. There is something to be said though for aligning yourself with the heartbeat of the earth, with the turning of the wheel of the seasons. In sync with nature and the all that is, is a beautiful place to be. Blessed Imbolc.
Wishing you a magic filled day,