imbolc

Imbolc takes place right around February 2nd.

Other Names for Imbolc and Similar Festivals
Also called Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimealg, The Feast of St. Brigid, Brigid’s Day, Bride’s Feast, Ground Hog Day, Imbolgc Brigantia, Imbolic, Disting, Lubercus, Candlemas, Candlelaria, the Snowdrop Festival, The Festival of Lights, the Feast of the Virgin, February Eve

Colors
White, silver, yellow, red

Objects
Corn Dollies, Brigid’s Cross or Brigid’s Wheel, Bride’s Bed, The broom, candles, fire, priapic wands, Brigid’s mantle, Rowan cross, plows, wells,

Animals
sheep (ewes and lambs), burrowing/hibernating animals, animals in winter color, bears, eagles, owls, ravens, stags, groundhogs, robins

Plants
All spring flowers, especially white ones and fruit tree blossoms.

Foods
vanilla, baked custard, rice pudding, cheese, Lemon ricotta pancakes, braided bread, Cheesy potato and broccoli soup

Astrological
Aquarius

Deities
Brigid

Book of Shadows
Holy Days

The February Fast

Tomorrow is our February Eve celebration. It’s easy enough to call it Imbolc if you like because it’s similar. But a little different. Now I have heard that Samhain is the Witches New Year, but this is not true for our family. We celebrate the Feast of the Dead then but February Eve is our […]

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Book of Shadows
Holy Days
Ritual

Cross Burning Rite

Although I am a Neo-Hellenic Pagan, I still perform this rite every Imbolc because it holds a special place in my heart. It was featured at the first public Pagan event I ever attended, one hosted by Celtic Druids. It is just so meaningful and I really do love it. For me it isn’t so […]

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Devotions
Holy Days
Ritual

Rite of Awakening

The ancients celebrated the end of the barren season, when Persephone returned and Demeter deigned to bless the land with fertility again, and so do we. The barren season to the ancients was the dry summer season, so she travels in opposite directions for us and she’s gone quite a bit longer, too. In the […]

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