Thursday, 25 February 2021

A Blessed Imbolc

The chapel spire at Oakham cemetery shot from below looking up to the sky which is clear blue

(From Imbolc) 

A blessed Imbolc everyone! And to those in the Southern Hemisphere a blessed Lughnasadh.

Imbolc is about half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and this fire festival celebrates the very first stirrings of Spring. This period of growth, gestation, and birth makes it a time of new beginnings, and for me personally it often feels like the beginning of the year, trumping Samhain (the Witches New Year) and January 1st.

When I think of Imbolc I think of the blue skies and sunshine that are now (occasionally!) making an appearance, as opposed to grey skies. We have brighter days with a noticeable change in light quality, and with that comes a change of attitude.

It is a time of magic and transformation; and of hope: the return of the light we celebrated at the Winter Solstice is now confirmed. The Sun is returning!

🕯 Imbolc Correspondences 🕯

Stones:
Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, ruby, turquoise

Plants:
Angelica, basil, bay, celandine, crocus, heather, iris, snowdrop

Colours:
Brown, light green, orange, pink, red, white, yellow

Foods:
Cheese, cream, garlic, honey, milk, sunflower seeds, poppyseed cakes, pumpkin seeds, wine

Symbols:
Brigid’s cross, corn dollies, dish of snow, flowers, ploughs, snowdrops, sun wheels

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