Imbolc, (pronounced "IM-bulk") This Greater Sabbat is also known as Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonni), Imbolic (Celtic), St. Bridget's Day (Christian), Candlemas, Candlelaria (Mexican), the Snowdrop Festival. The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin. All Virgin and Maiden Goddesses are honored at this time.
Imbolc marks the time of year for Blessing the seeds, is the center point of the dark half of the year and is the festival of the Maiden. Tradition is to light every lamp in the house at sunset, if only for a few moments. Or light candles in each room in honor of the Sun's rebirth. If snow lies on the ground, walk in it and with your projective hand, trace an image of the sun in the snow.
Colors of Imbolc include: White, Yellow, Pink, Light Green & Brown
Symbols: Candles, The Bride, Burrowing Animals, Sun Wheels, Purity, Growth and Renewal, Fertility, Plows.
Deities: All virgin Goddesses, Gods and Goddesses as children, Gods of Love & Fertility, Brighid, Athena, Og, Eros
Activities: Candle lighting, gathering stones, searching for signs of spring
Taboos: cutting or picking plants
Stones: Amethyst, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise
Herbs: Basil, Angelica, Blackberry, Celandine, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Violets and all white or yellow flowers.
Foods: Pumpkin & Sunflowers seeds, Poppy seed cakes, muffins, scones and all breads, all dairy. Peppers, onions, garlic, raisins, spiced wines and herbal teas
Incense: Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh
Oils: Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli, Olive
Spells & Rituals:
- Leave a white cloth outside on the eve of Imbolc, bring inside the home in the morning after having been blessed by the Goddess
-Lighting many candles to represent the strengthening light of the season