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Imbolc

Hi witches. Imbolc is almost here... so as usual here the post with some info about it, how to celebrate, correspondences and more. Hope you'll find it useful.

Imbolc is one of the four major sabbats better known as the "festival of light", also called by the names: Imbolc, Inbolc, Imbolg, Candlemas, Candlemas, Feast of Candles, Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercus, Lupercalia, Feast of Pan , Brigantia, Feriae Sementinae, Juno Februata. On this day we celebrate Nature as it prepares for its next explosion, the first shoots begin to appear on the trees, despite the cold still present, the days are gradually lengthening.

The meaning of the word Imbolc has different interpretations, for some it is: "in the womb", for others it is "great rain", according to others it means "sheep's milk" in fact this is the season in which the sheep begin to produce milk.

The Celts celebrated Imbolc in honour of the goddess Brigit, goddess of Wisdom, Fire and the hearth and they celebrated it as a feast of Light, celebrating her return after the winter darkness.

The Christians replaced this figure with Saint Bridget, who probably never existed and they celebrate this day to which they have given the name of "candelora".

One of the instruments sacred to Brigit is the cup, symbol of the womb, which, exactly as it happens for the Earth, begins to ferment, contains all Nature in incubation which will wake up vigorously in the coming months.

Candles are the main tools of this holiday, symbolising the Sunlight which will become stronger and stronger.

Imbolc is the “beginning” of spring. The snow and ice are still present, but the sun, represented by the young God, becomes stronger and stronger.


Ritual activities: cleansing, renewal, rebirth, re-organisation

Colours: white, green, yellow, red, orange

Stones: amethysts, garnets, aventurine, moonstone and heliotrope.

Drinks: milk, honey, mead, drinks derived from these two products, spiced wines

Incense: musk, cinnamon, rosemary

Oils: jasmine, carnation, sandalwood

Herbs: musk, cinnamon, rosemary, angelica, calendula, laurel, basil, lavender, myrrh and sesame.