ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠 𝔦𝔰 𝔲𝔭𝔬𝔫 𝔲𝔰, 𝔱𝔥𝔢 ℭ𝔢𝔩𝔱𝔦𝔠 𝔣𝔢𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔳𝔞𝔩 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔬𝔠𝔠𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔥𝔞𝔩𝔣𝔴𝔞𝔶 𝔟𝔢𝔱𝔴𝔢𝔢𝔫 𝔚𝔦𝔫𝔱𝔢𝔯 𝔖𝔬𝔩𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔠𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔖𝔭𝔯𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔢𝔮𝔲𝔦𝔫𝔬𝔵 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔦𝔰 𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔡𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔶 𝔠𝔢𝔩𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔡 𝔬𝔫 𝔉𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔶 1𝔰𝔱 𝔞𝔫𝔡 2𝔫𝔡.
The Celtic wheel of the year is split into three periods, represented by the months of the bride, mother and crone. February to May are the month of the bride, June to September the period of the mother, and October to January belong to the Crone. Imbolc marks the time that we move from the cycle of endings and conclusions linked with the crone to the month of the bride, representing the new.
At this time, we worship the Goddess Bride, or St Brigid, the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. Brigit is a Celtic goddess of fire, poetry, healing, smith craft and childbirth. Originally, her festival was known as Imbolc or Oimel, two names which refer to the lactation of the ewes, the flow of milk that heralds the return of the life-giving forces of Spring. Bride is the giver of life, breathing into the mouth of the dead Winter and bringing him to open his eyes to the tears and the smiles, the sighs and the laughter of Spring.
𝔄𝔱 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠, 𝔩𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔞 𝔰𝔪𝔞𝔩𝔩 𝔠𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔩𝔢 𝔦𝔫 𝔅𝔯𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔰 𝔥𝔬𝔫𝔬𝔲𝔯. ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠 𝔦𝔰 𝔨𝔫𝔬𝔴𝔫 𝔞𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔢 ℭ𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔩𝔢𝔪𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔴𝔢 𝔩𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔞 𝔠𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔩𝔢 𝔬𝔯 𝔣𝔦𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔦𝔫𝔠𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔰𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔭𝔬𝔴𝔢𝔯 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔲𝔫 𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔠𝔬𝔪𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔪𝔬𝔫𝔱𝔥𝔰.
𝔖𝔶𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔰𝔪 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Purity, Growth and Re-newal, The re-union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
𝔖𝔶𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Brideo’gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid’s Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs. The symbolic trees of the festival are rowan and willow. Rowan represents protection and inspiration. Willow is sacred to Brigit and is a tree of dreaming, deep emotions and Spring.
ℌ𝔢𝔯𝔟𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
𝔉𝔬𝔬𝔡𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.
ℑ𝔫𝔠𝔢𝔫𝔰𝔢 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.
ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown. The symbolic colours of Imbolc are white and silver for purity, green for new life and orange and red to represent fire. Look at working with colours red and orange, to bring joy and passion into your life. Red is linked to our Chakra or energy centre of the body associated with our sexuality and the kundalini or life force energy to prepare for Sprint rousing the world from its Winter slumber. You may also want to work with orange calcite and red bloodstone crystals as these are believed to bring in job and new manifestations.
𝔖𝔱𝔬𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.
𝔄𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔳𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔢𝔰 𝔬𝔣 ℑ𝔪𝔟𝔬𝔩𝔠:
Imbolc rituals and activities might include the making or candles, planting spring flowers, reading poetry and telling stories. Candle Lighting (light Candles or lamps in each room of the house right after sunset for a few minutes to honor the Sun’s rebirth), Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo’gas and Bride’s Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bon Fires maybe lit.