Other Names: Imbolc, Candlemas, Oimlec, Brigid’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, Feast of Brigid, Festival of Lights, Feast of Flames, Candlelaria, La Feill Bhride

Dates: January 31-February 2

Colors: White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Brown

Altar Items: Brideo’gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid’s Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs.

Activities: Initiation, Planting Seeds, Candle Lighting, Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo’gas and Bride’s Beds, Making Priapic Wands,
Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, Read and write poetry, Spring Cleaning, Creating a Brigid’s Cross

Spell Work: Initiation, Manifestation, Healing, Protection

Animals: White Cow with red ears, Wolf, Snake, Swan, Vulture, Burrowing Animals, Sheep, Lamb, and Deer

Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.

Foods: Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.

Herbs: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.

Meaning: Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, Fertility, Dispensing of the old and making way for the new, Honor of the Virgin Goddess

Ritual Oils: Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli and Olive

Incense: Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.

Mythical Creatures: Firebird, Dragon, Berometz

Other Goddesses: Aradia, Arachne, Arianrhod, Athena, Brighid, Blaize, Branwen, Februa, Gaea, Inanna, Lucina, Vesta

Blessings For Brighid

Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame,
blazing in the darkness of winter.
O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light,
healer, exalted one.
Bless us now, hearth mother,
that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself,
and our lives abundant and fertile. – Writer Unknown

Fire of dawn-light in Her hair,
Fire flows like milk from Her hands.
Fire of bright promise in Her springing step,
Fire of the flame in Her eyes.
A blessing on Your hearthfire,
On Your gift of words,
On the brightness of Your sacred body,
A blessing on Your flame.
Cait Johnson

To read about an Initiatory Imbolc Ritual go HERE.

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