Imbolc, the Fire Festival celebrates a time between the darkness of Winter and the dawning of Spring. It is a time to light a candle to beckon on the growth of the Sun God.
Date: 1st February (Northern Hemisphere) 1st August (Southern Hemisphere)
Colours: Red, pink, orange, white, pale yellow and silver
Foods: Diary, spicy foods, sunflower seeds, bread, cakes, honey
Goddesses: Brigid, Virgin Goddess, Artemis, Gaia, Inanna, Aradia
Gods: Sun Gods, Ra, Helios, Apollo
Symbols: Candles, Sun, firebirds, robin, bear, Brigid wheel, the Bride’s broom, white flowers, corndollies.
About Imbolc: It is one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals that commemorates the time within the Triple Goddess energies, when the Goddess changes her form from the Crone to the Maiden.
It is a time for cleansing and purification. A time of renewal and the welcoming of the Goddess Brigid.
A Simple Personal Cleansing
One thing I like to do on Imbolc is a small cleansing ritual.
I light several candles around the room. Then place a few candle beside my mini cauldron.
Using small strips of paper I write down my worries, negative thoughts and stresses. I take a moment to think on each one, before offering it up to the flame.
Once lit I let them burn away safely inside my cauldron.
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Decoration & Meditation
Take time to decorate your altar. Put a candle in the centre, light it and spend time staring into the flame.
Visualise your life filling with creativity and new opportunities of starting afresh.
This is a great time to perform a divination with a view to seeing what the recent future holds and which paths are best to take. Do a simple three card spread if you are using tarot.
Enjoy a simple feast with friends and use this time to discuss what is up and coming in your lives, what hopes you have for the year.
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