Imbolc, which means “in the belly,” is the halfway point between The Winter Solstice and The Spring Equinox. In the belly of mother earth, little seeds are faintly stirring and will soon become seedlings. This is a celebration that the hardest part of winter of over!
To prepare for the season of warmth, we light a fire and candles and welcome it’s return. Rather than a central bonfire, it is common to light a fire in the hearth as a blessing to your home and family. A modern adaptation is to light a candle in every room of the house.
Imbolc is a Celtic holiday and is intrinsically tied to the Goddess Brigid, to the point that she is even acknowledged in the Christian church today as her Feast Day. She is the Saint/Goddess of the hearth, fire, warmth, and poetry.
Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.
Growth, Renewal, Fertility
Red, Yellow, Brown, White
Lighting candles and fires, making Brigid’s crosses