Greater Sabbat ~ February 1st/2nd
Pronounced ~ EE-Molc
Also known as ~ Candlemass, Imbolg, Brid's Day, The Feast of Torches
Imbolc is a cross quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice or Yule as it is often called and the Spring Equinox or Ostara. This Sabbat is a Celtic fire festival of light, reflecting the lengthening of the day and the promise of spring.
This festival marks the changing of the threefold Goddess energies from crone to the maiden
Imbolc is a time for letting go of the past and for new beginnings, looking to the future, purification and the promise of growth.
often Imbolc is the time for initiation or self dedication.
Traditionally at sunset you would light every lamp in the house or, light candles in each room in honour of the sun's rebirth. Alternatively light a candle and place it in a window or a main part of your home.
Dairy foods as associated with Imbolc since Imbolc marks the start of calving. Spicy and full-bodied foods like curries, peppers, onions, garlic are also included in honour of the sun.
Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and the honouring of Brigid. The Goddess of Healing, Poetry & Fertility, being closely connected to midwives and new-borns. Brigid is a triple goddess but at Imbolc she is in her Maiden form.
Incense ~ Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations ~ Corn Doll, Brigid's Cross Besom, Snowdrops, Swans, Spring Flowers.
Colours ~ White, Orange, Red