We’re just a few short days away from the celebration of Imbolc. As a sabbat, Imbolc traces back to Celtic Pagans celebrating the goddess Brigid (also appearing as other similar names such as Brigitte, Birgid, etc). Brigid is known as the Goddess of flames and is also associated with fertility and protection. The celebration of Imbolc likely began as winter was difficult for the early Pagans who lived off their land and wouldn’t be able to farm for a few months to come. Imbolc helped to bring hope for the spring and summer months soon to come. It was a very common celebration and as Christianity gathered pace, the church adopted Imbolc as the feast day of St. Brigid, a saint associated with fire, fertility, and protection.
It’s common to light candles to celebrate (hence also being known as Candlemas). Other ways to celebrate include using this as a time to cleanse your home, both physically and spiritually. You may choose to create a Brigid’s Cross to hang in your home as a symbol of protection. It’s also a good time to be creative (though when isn’t?). Focus your efforts towards light, new hope, and rebirth.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of Imbolc, my primary resource was Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to the Old Ways by Edain McCoy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! Also mention your favorite way to celebrate Imbolc!
Go in peace.