Energy, Spellwork and Ritual Themes
WHEN: February 2nd
- St. Brigid's Day,
- Bride's Day
- Brigit's Festival
- Feast of Flames
- New Beginnings
- Self Love/Self Care
- Healing Rituals
- Creativity and Art
The energy of Imbolc is that of new beginnings, of hope and of the potential for growth. It is the time of year where we really notice the longer days and the warming of the earth from the growing power of the sun and where we experience the first signs of the coming spring with the first greening of the earth.
In terms of the cycles of the seasons, where the Winter Solstice was the time for going within to dream our dreams, Imbolc sees our dreams in their infancy stage. It is time of the year to begin preparing for our hopes and dreams fully manifest. I always think of Imbolc as the planning and nurturing phase of the growth to come. Just like a garden, we need to tend our hopes and dreams so they become strong living things!
Of course, being a devotee of the Goddess Brigid, Imbolc has a special place in my heart. This is the day we celebrate her gifts.
My Imbolc rituals include one or all of the following:
- Cleansing, blessing and consecration of all the candles I will use in my spiritual practice for the coming year. I usually pick up a handful of candles each time I shop throughout the year, then on Imbolc, I bless the lot of them for use in ritual for the following year. It is a beautiful cycle and helps me to remember and honor Brigid and her flame throughout the year.
- I have a room dedicated to my Goddess and Spiritual work and work with the energies of Imbolc to cleanse, bless and reconsecrate the space. It is the time of year where I move things around, do a deep cleaning, both physical and energetically. I bless the space and prepare it for the work of the coming months.
- I rededicate myself to my path and to the Goddess Brigid. I take time to nurture myself, cleansing and caring for my physical body, then I perform a ritual to express my gratitude and dedicate myself to my spiritual path and the Goddesses I am most drawn to, including Brigid.
Imbolc is the perfect time to start important projects or form new partnerships, it is why my husband and I chose Imbolc as our wedding day. what better way to start our new life together than with the energy and blessings of hope, nurturing, growth and new beginnings.
On My Altar...
- White and Yellow Altar Cloths - in honor of the purity and growing energy of the season.
- Light Blue Altar Cloth with snowflakes - This is to represent the snow and time of year between winter and the spring thaw.
- Lots of Candles - In honor of the growing light and longer days. Also, this is the time of year that I bless and consecrate ALL of my candles for ritual work in the coming year.
- Seed Packets - Although you can't see them, they are in the silver cauldron on the right. I usually choose a couple of different variety of flowers that are in alignment with the things I want to manifest into my life and I bless and consecrate the seeds on Imbolc to be used in a planting ritual during Ostara.
- Two Brigid Statues - Brigid is one of my five Matron Goddesses and I connect deeply with her energy, so I display statues of her prominently on my Imbolc altar in honor of her ties to this holy day.
- White to represent the purity and stillness at this time of year. Also representative of the snow and winter decorations.
- Yellow to represent the growing power of the sun.
- Lavender to represent the beautiful crocus flowers that are bursting through the snow at this time of year.
- Light Green to represent the earth beginning to come to life.
- Red to represent the element of Fire which is sacred to Brigid and is a powerful part of the Imbolc celebrations.
- Clear Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Green Calcite
Herbs, Incense & Oils
- Crocus - first flowers to peek our from the snow covered ground
- Lemon - used in cleansing and cleaning rituals
- Sage - Also used in cleansing and cleaning rituals
Sigils & Symbols
- Brigid's Cross
- A blazing hearth fire
- Wells in honor of Brigid's Healing Well