The next Pagan Sabbat is Imbolc. Also known as Brigid’s Day, Imbolc falls on February 2nd. This Sabbat is one of the four Pagan fire festivals. On this day, the Goddess, who is in her Maiden form, is reunited with the Sun God. This is the time of year when we celebrate the first signs of spring, the coming together of the God and Goddess, fertility and other Imbolc symbolisms. The following Imbolc correspondences can help Bangor area Pagans celebrate this Sabbat.
Crafting is a traditional Imbolc activity. Brigid’s cross, Brigid’s bed, corn dollies, and priapic wands are all great crafts to make for this Sabbat. Start a new tradition and have an Imbolc crafting party. Invite like-minded friends and family members to join in the fun. Have all of the crafting supplies on hand or, have guests each bring a crafting item that will be needed. Serve lunch and have a great time.
Go for a hike through the woods and look for the first signs of the spring season. Bring a basket along and collect stones, fallen branches, and other items that may come in handy for spell work, wand making, and other activities.
Spring clean the house. Go through all of the supplies in the magical cabinet and make note of what items will need to be restocked. Take a few minutes to cleanse each room in the house.
Make homemade recycled candles by using the wax that was left from old candles.
Have a bonfire or pit fire. Invite some friends over and share some hot apple cider with them while sitting around the fire.
Spring gardening preparations can also be started at this time. Planting seeds inside the home is a great way to spend Imbolc. Use the University of Maine’s seed starting information as a guide to know which plants are good to start around this time. Making plans for the setup of the garden can also be done at this time. Planning a special garden for fairies that can be made and set out on Beltane is also a fun Imbolc activity.
Animals and mythological creatures
Animals that are associated with Imbolc include; bears, burrowing animals, deer, eagles, ewes, groundhogs, owls, ravens, robins, sheep, snakes, and wolves. Mythological creatures are firebirds and dragons.
The colors of Imbolc
Brown, lavender, light blue, light green, orange, pink, red, silver, white, and yellow are all colors of the Imbolc Sabbat. These colors can be used as decoration throughout the home. Wearing these colors is a good way to be festive.
Crystals and stones
Imbolc crystals and stones can be used as decoration. They can also be used while working spells and during rituals. Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, ruby, onyx, and turquoise can be used during this Sabbat.
Any of the Maiden Goddesses can be honored on this day. Goddesses that are associated with Imbolc include; Aradia, Artio, Athena, Branwen, Brigid, Diana, Februa, Gaia, Inanna, Lucina, Selene, Triduana, Venus, and Vesta.
Any God that is associated with love and/or fertility can be honored on this day. Imbolc Gods include; Aengus Og, Braggi, Dagon, Dain Cecht, Dainichi, Eros, Februus, Pan, and Pax.
Decoration and symbols
Any Imbolc symbol can also double as a decoration for the Sabbat. Decorations and symbols for this Sabbat include; acorn tipped wands, besoms, Brigid’s cross, candles, candle wheels, corn dollies, decorated ploughs, fire/flames, horseshoes, sheep, snowflakes, sun symbols, swans, and yellow and white flowers.
There are many foods that are associated with this Sabbat. Poppy, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds are popular this time of year. Breads, all dairy products, egg dishes, pork dishes, scones, muffins, peppers, onions, and garlic are traditional Imbolc foods. Common Imbolc beverages include; apple cider, spiced wines, and herbal teas.
Herbs, flowers, and trees
There are many herbs, flowers, and trees that are associated with this Sabbat. These can be used as decorations, incense, and during spell work and rituals. Imbolc herbs, flowers, and trees include; angelica, basil, bay, blackberry, celandine, chamomile, cinnamon, clover, colts foot, crocus, dandelion, dill, frankincense, ginger, heather, iris, jasmine, laurel, myrrh, nettle, primrose, rosemary, rowan, sage, vanilla, violets, and willow.
Imbolc incense and oils
Any of the above herbs, incense, and trees can be made into incense and oils for Imbolc. Popular scents for this Sabbat include; bay, basil, cinnamon, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, primrose, and rosemary.
Spell work and rituals
Divinations having to do with future welfare and family prosperity are sometimes done on this day. Magical working and spell work may be done for fertility, healing, luck, purification, and rejuvenation. Awakening, cleansing, and initiation rituals can be performed on this night.
Symbolism of Imbolc
The symbolisms of Imbolc include; purity, growth and renewal, fertility, getting rid of the old and making way for the new, initiation, and the reunion of the God and the Goddess.