Today the Wheel of the Year turns once more and I for one love it. I know it’s been forever and a day since I have posted and I am sorry my brothers and sisters. Life got in the way. But enough about that, let’s focus on the day ahead.
Imbolc goes by many names (St) Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, Early Spring, etc., etc. Spiritually, today marks the beginning of the Maiden’s time. Fertility is celebrated. The Sun God has returned! The Maiden is also often referred to as the Bride and is celebrated in the festival of the Maiden, for from today until March 21st.
On the calendar, this day marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many farmers are greeting new additions to their herds, planting seeds and tending to early spring maintenance. Snow and frost continue to plague the fields, depending on where you might be located, but overall the weather is warming in the Northern Hemisphere.
I don’t know about you, but I have noticed more birds singing early in the morning and while it is still cold in my neck of the woods, I have to scrape less ice off the car in the mornings. Yesterday I even noticed more insects crawling around the garden at work. Ahhhh, Gaia is waking up and it is lovely!
Now, on to celebrating….
Depending on how you like to celebrate your Wheel of the Year and if you pray to any Gods or Goddesses, you can choice to celebrate in a number of ways. I personally like to spend as much time outside as possible. I will spend the day and weekend clearing out any garden beds that need tending to and start my seeds in cups inside. Candles are naturally part of any Wheel of the Year celebration, but on a day also known as Candlemas, they are practically required! I never get bogged down in candle color, instead I only buy white candles and usually they are flameless (with all the pets, I don’t want an accident!) so I light what is handy. I like to present an offering of bread and seeds that I can easily return to the Earth and animals. Due to a drinking problem in the past, I don’t drink and don’t keep it in my house, so the deities in my home know that they will have a dry celebration, but feel free to offer up your libation of choice to your deities.
Cooking is another big part of any celebration I do. As always, I look for seasonal foods. The farmers’ market has been closed for some time, so I have to shop at the grocery store and I am at their mercy, which usually means light on fresh produce (why must every grocery store have and smell of rotting produce?). To combat this, I like to sprout seeds and legumes to add some super fresh, healthy nutrients to my meals. The few herbs I still have in my supply from summer will also find their way into my celebration. And what celebration would be complete without baked goods? I love to make blueberry crumbles with preserved lemons and lavender from the summer. The flavors burst in your mouth and remind you of warmer days to come…
I am not one to make corn dolls or Brigid’s Crosses, but for those with kids or the desire, these are both fun crafts for the afternoon that I encourage everyone to consider making (at least once in your life, it’s fun to be crafty).
Colors associated with Imbolc are White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Light Green, Brown. And the stones of Imbolc are Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.
Until next time, Blessed Be!