Imbolc

Imbolc is a Keltic festival in the midle time betwen the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is a celebration related to fire, and the returning of light as days are becoming longer. It is the time when ewes brest-feed they rearing.

The word Imbolc comes from an Irish word meaning ‘in the belly’, and is also often translated as ‘ewe’s milk’ (oi-melc). Other name for Imbolc used by christianity is Candlemass as a feast for Mary related to candles. Some pagans celebrate this Sabbath by making  candles for the coming year and consagrate them.

Imbolc is also called St. Brigit day, related to Brighid: Goddess and Saint. Bridie receives the white road from the Old Cailleach and quickens the land, awakening plants and creatures from hibernation. Brighid is the inspiring muse for poetry and a healer who know the secrets of herbs. We can celebrate Imbolc by searching her divine inspiration or by making traditional Bridie Dolls or Brighid cross (see this link to make a Brighid cross). Another practice is to offer libations of ewe’s milk to Brighid images or statues.

“Fire Maiden, may I keep your flame burning forever,

As you forge the iron, may I transform myself.”