Imbolc falls on February 2nd, 2016
Last year, I decided that I would make a beautiful Imbolc cloak in honour of Bridget, and while it is nearly finished, it isn’t quite there. Rather than being hard on myself, I have decided to be kind to myself and remember that Imbolc is a season, as well as a special day on the calendar.
Imbolc marks that time when we feel a glimmer of new energy – a spark – the first stirrings of our movement from stillness to action. Tiny, tentative shoots are emerging; snowdrops herald Spring and mirror the green and white of Bridget’s cloak.
It is easy to feel frustrated at this quiet time of year. We are looking to the year ahead, but sometimes things just don’t move quickly enough, and January can seem endless! One way to relieve this is to bring old projects (like the Imbolc cloak) to completion, thus clearing the way for the new.
Below are some other useful ideas to connect with Bridget and the energy of Imbolc:
Connecting with Bridget
- Sweep your ritual place – whether that is the area around your altar, a corner of your garden, or a temple room – symbolically with your broom.
- Good old Spring cleaning! Let go of old energy by de-cluttering on the physical plane.
- Sweep your home, pushing all the stuck, stagnant energy out through the back door, then open the front door to let the new energies in.
Imbolc is also known as Candlemas. This year I am drawn to putting lots of candles on my altar. Every year at Imbolc, I put a lit candle in every window of the house to invoke Bridget of the flame, and every year I add something new to my Bride doll.
What will you do to honour this time of returning light?