Happy Imbolc!!

Happy Imbolc everyone!

Imbolc is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  Historically, it was widely observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Currently, it is observed by the Irish, Scottish, Manx, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans.

Christians observe it as the feast day of Saint Brigid, especially in Ireland.

We decided to start a tradition in our family of decorating a small area of our house with items that correspond to the current festival.  I’m hoping to add more each year.

This is our shelf right now – the ewes, a piece of artwork by Amanda (her Etsy shop), and a geocoin I managed to find.  We are avid geocachers so that’s just a little piece of our own personal taste thrown in there.

The flowers I just bought at the store this morning.

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According to this site, you can also add a few other things that signify this time of year (I have paraphrased, you can find more detailed information there):

Brighid is associated with the colors of red and white. White for the color of the blanket of snow, and red symbolizes the rising sun. Brighid is also tied to the color green, both for the green mantle she wears and for the life growing beneath the earth.  So you can decorate with a white cloth, and drape a swath of red across it. Add green candles in candleholders.

Since Brighid is a goddess of the Celtic peoples, it’s always appropriate to add some sort of Celtic design. Consider adding a Brighid’s cross or any other item incorporating Celtic knotwork. If you happen to have a Celtic cross, don’t worry about the fact that it’s also a Christian symbol — if it feels right, add it.

Other Symbols of Brighid:  chalices, hammer, corn doll, cows, sheep, swans, a goddess statue, book of poetry, herbs and candles as she is in some way associated with most of these items.