Imbolc (usually celebrated on February 2nd) is a Celtic fire festival that marks the first stirrings of spring.
Known also as Candlemas, Imbolc is the festival of Bridgit. We welcome her as the Triple Goddess and celebrate and acknowledge her as maiden. This is the time of the first stirrings of light, the dawn of spring. The goddess is again young. She banishes all that is outworn. She sweeps clean the Earth and our lives.
Imbolc is the perfect time to let go of the old and bring in the new!
- let go of the dross of winter
- honour Bridgit
- find inspiration
Think about the darkness of the winter – the time of stillness. What has died in your life? What can you now let go of?
Bridget or Bride carries a staff – Barrach Bride (Birch of Bride) – representing her quickening fire energy. As she strikes the ground with her rod, she awakens the land and our creativity.
I awaken the land with my rod of fire. I am the Lady of the Quickening. As I walk the land at Imbolc I touch the earth with my rod and plants and flowers once again spring to life.
It is a time of cleansing and purification. Spring-cleaning prepares our minds and bodies for resurgence.
You may have noticed increased energy levels recently and a feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new!’
Not only is it the season of Imbolc, but we have also had two new moons during January – one right at the beginning of the month and one today! It is definitely time for a fresh start. This weekend, why not take advantage of the flow of the seasons and focus on a new direction in your life.