Celtic for “in milk”, Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, Oimealg, Imbolg, Brigantia,
Lupercus, Disting and Lupercalia. It is the first stirrings of new life after the
dead of winter, and the time of celebrating the virgin & Maiden Goddess as she prepares
for her union with the Sun God and to pay homage to the Mother Goddess for nurturing
the young God as he continues to gain his strength.
Focus: A time for purification & cleansing as we bid farewell to the winter and welcome
the coming warmth. We sweep away the dead season and light bonfires and candles to
banish the darkness and welcome the light
Herbs and flowers: Angelica, Basil, Bay, Blackberry, Celandine, Chamomile, Coltsfoot,
Rosemary, Broom, Daffodils, Heather, Iris, Primrose, Snowdrop, Tansy
Workings: Awakening Rituals, Bonfires, Candle Magic, Cleansing Rituals (especially
sweeping with the besom), Fertility Magic, Healing Magic & preparation of remedies,
Hearth & Home blessings, Home Fire (extinguish & relight), Initiation Rituals, pour
some milk onto the earth as an offering to the earth Goddess and ask that the coming
year brings you ‘enough’.