Happy Imbolc ~ Candlemas time!

From: Si (SIFAN) 3 Feb 2018 01:00
To: ALL1 of 1

The Wheel of the Year turns and, though Winter lingers, there is the anticipation of warmer times and green everywhere. Still, as an old rhyme reminds ...

If Candlemas day be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas day be shower and rain, Winter is gone and will not come again.

According to reports this 2018 morning was sunny and the groundhog saw his shadow. So, look for six more weeks of Winter.

Imbolc or Candlemas is also known as Imbolg, Oimelc, Disting-tid, Nos Gwyl Fair, Feast of Brigid, Festival of Light, Feast of the Virgin, Anagantios, St. Bridget's Day, Feast Day of St. Blaize, Groundhog's Day, Candlelaria, Festival of Milk, Festival of Calving. It is mostly celebrated at the beginning of February, usually on the 2nd, sometimes beginning on the eve at sundown or as early as sunset of January 31. Some old traditions may favor the 6th or 7th on up through the 14th while others fix the start according to when the sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius. (In the Southern Hemisphere it is Lammas time as Fall approaches.)

"Imbolc" comes from the Gaelic for "in the belly" refering to ewe's milk because it is a time for lambing and calving. Wiccans and many other Pagans see the Goddess manifesting as the Maiden and Brigid; while, the Groundhog is seen as a manifestation of the God, newly born and nursing from his mother. Many Christians celebrate the day as the feast of
St. Bridget; and, as Candlemas, it is the day candles are blessed for the year.

This time is for spiritual purification and dedication, for reflecting on
the promise of Spring and upon your hopes for the coming year of growth.

Be well!


Taking a walk and searching for signs of Spring

Gathering stones

Doing early Spring cleaning

For a while, turning on every light in the house or lighting candles in each room in honor of the Sun's rebirth

Cleaning out your fireplace and lighting a new fire

Removing Yuletide greens from home & burning them

Making candles; holding a candle-making party

Making a Crown of Light of 13 candles for the high priestess to wear

Blessing rushes/straw and making Brigid wheels for placing above doors to bless the home

Weaving 'Brigit's crosses' from straw or wheat to hang around the house for protection

Taboos: No cutting or picking plants.


Dairy foods such as sour cream dishes; Poppyseed pancakes, crepes, muffins, scones, and breads; Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.

Chamomile, Red Clover, Rosemary, Blackberry

Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli, Olive

Basil, Bay, Myrrh, Wisteria

White, Silver, Red, Yellow, Pink, Light Green, brown

Candles, the Snowdrop lily, Plough, the Bride, Groundhog, Sheep, straw Dolls and Crosses, Sun Wheels

Snowdrop lily, Rowan, Evergreens, Heather, Rosemary, Clover

Amethyst, Turquoise, Garnet,
Bloodstone, Onyx

Citadel of Dragons
The White Goddess
The Wiccan Garden
Spring Wolf's Pagan Path

Celtic Connection