Hello again, Wonderfully Witchy people!
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more and Imbolc is upon us!
Let me give you some very basic background on this sabbat: typically celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February (it’s never really specified, for some reason!) Imbolc is traditionally a celebration of the coming spring and the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is a multi-faceted Goddess of the forge, poetry, midwifery and healing, among other things.
It follows that Imbolc is also a festival of hearth and home and a celebration of the lengthening days and the earliest signs of spring!
As a celebration of the Fire Goddess and the returning sun, Imbolc celebrations typically involve the lighting of candles, bonfires and fireplaces, as well as the eating of spicy foods, dairy-based foods, and root vegetables. There are many wonderful resources online for traditional Imbolc celebrations, if you’re not familiar: About’s Pagan Wiccan portal is a good place to start. If you want to dive in deeper with the Goddess Brigid, I recommend the (not free but still affordable!) Discovering Brigit class at Mystery School of the Goddess (and no, they did not pay me to say that – I was just a happy participant in the class! 🙂 )
Whether you’re familiar with Imbolc or not, I hope you have a wonderful day – remember that spring is just around the corner!