How to celebrate the Sabbat Imbolc

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.

Banner how to celebrate the sabbat Imbolc

Pronunciation: EE-molc

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.

Celebrating Imbolc

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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