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Imbolc: An Introduction

Amanda Tamane

Imbolc is around the corner, the first cross-quarter day on the Wheel of the Year that we’ve offered a Sabbat Box for here at Green Moon. The cross-quarter days fall halfway between the solstices and equinoxes. Imbolc is celebrated on February first or second, halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

Imbolc marks the first stirrings of spring, just like our modern Groundhog Day. We know there are only a few more weeks to go before the sun will be shining, the flowers will blossom, and the earth will thaw and be fertile once more. In fact, Imbolc is a traditional time of year to perform weather divination. A Scottish Gaelic proverb about Imbolc says:

Thig an nathair as an toll Là donn Brìde, Ged robh trì troighean dhen t-sneachd Air leac an làir.

The serpent will come from the hole on the brown Day of Bríde, though there should be three feet of snow on the flat surface of the ground.

- Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations

At Imbolc, we celebrate the fertility goddess Brigid, whose feast day is still celebrated on this day in Ireland by modern Christians as Saint Brigid. You can create a Brigid’s Cross to hang over your door or in your home to keep your household safe in her care.

Imbolc is also a traditional time for initiations, so if you’re looking to make a change and dedicate yourself to your practice, it’s the perfect time to formalize it in a spell or ritual!

We can’t wait to share more about Imbolc as it draws closer. Check out the Imbolc Box if you want to join the celebration!


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