Happy Imbolc ~ Candlemas time!

From: Si (SIFAN) 3 Feb 01:34
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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.


So, while Spring begins on the Old Calender, what matters in 2019 is that dark overcast or even storms tell you and, maybe, a local groundhog that things have changed.
 

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!


Activities

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.


Foods

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.

Teas
Chamomile, Red Clover, Rosemary, Blackberry


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


Incense
Basil, Bay, Myrrh, Wisteria


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

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


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


Stones
Amethyst, Turquoise, Garnet,
Bloodstone, Onyx
 

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

Celtic Connection