Imbolic 2018 is on Friday, February 2, 2018: Imbolic Question?
Friday, February 2, 2018 is Imbolic 2018. Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid's Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.
Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced or ), also called (Saint) Brighid's Day (, , ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.
February (Northern Hemisphere) / August(Southern Hemisphere)
Derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc,” which means “ewe’s milk.” Imbolc is also known as Imblog or Candlemas, and Oimealg by the Druids. For the Celts, Imbolc was the festival of the lactating sheep also a time when the herd animals were giving birth to their first offspring of the year, and was also a time for blessing the seeds and consecrating agricultural tools. This is a time of conception and birth and renewal.
Imbolc is a festival of the Maiden aspect of the goddess. It is a time for the goddess to prepare for growth and renewal. This is also a time to honor the maiden goddess as the Bride of the Sun King. Imbolc is celebrated on February 1st or 2nd.
Decorations- white flowers, besoms, sunflowers, candles
Foods- sunflowers seeds, poppy seed cakes, breads, dairy products, peppers, onions, wine, and tea
Herbs- cinnamon, basil, violets, white flowers, blackberry, myrrh, angelica, bay, wisteria
Colors- white, pink, (new) green, brown, red
Candlemas or Imbolic is a wonderful time of year to place dried ears of colorful corn around your home or on the porch. You could tie three ears of corn together use them in your ritual or festivities and then hang them outside the house for wealth and protection until after the Fall equinox, then bury them in your garden.
Find ways to personalize it for yourself and family.
This is a wonderful happy and hopeful time.
Personally I find it fun to bake! I love cinnomon cakes or cookies, and ohhhh poppy seed muffins are great for kids of all ages!
If you are in a commited relationship... some yummy love making might be fun! Heck, you could even throw in a little cinnomon oil or something(wink)
Hope this helps!
How many of you celebrated Imbolic and was it important to you?
Mine started out frightening... My father suffered two strokes on Monday & Tuesday this week. Had to hightail it out of town some 300 miles away to be with him in hospital.
But I celebrate this Imbolic with gratitude. I reconnected with my brothers and sister and best friend again. Nearly seven years away from them, was way too long. And my father is an amazing person who still teaches me important stuff like hanging in there, laughing and treating it more as a set back and not the final straw. This has truly been quite the week for me...
I hope everyone found something to appreciate about it. Happy Imbolic to all!
P S - Radio J says hi!!
What day is Imbolic on?
January 31st, regardless of year.
It's also called February Eve, and runs from sundown the last day of the month before to sundown the first day of the month after.
Some people have become confused, based on the whole starting the day before thing, but the holidays follow a simple, elegant pattern of eves and the day that follows them.
Thats assuming, of course, that you meant in Wicca. Lots of new fangled ways of timing these days have been invented, but what Gardner used goes with the names he and Murray used.... February Eve, May Eve, August Eve, November Eve.