February 1st is Imbolc. A good time to plant seeds. Figuratively and Literally.
Imbolc is a Celtic festival celebrating the emerging life in the world around us. The coming of spring. Old Tradition observances, this holiday is usually celebrated beginning at sundown on February 1 and continuing through the day of February 2.
Also known as: Candlemas, Oimlec, Brigid's Day, Groundhog's Day
There were four major “fire” festivals for the ancient Celts marking the turn of the seasons. Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain, and Imbolc. These were the holy-days that fell halfway between the a solstice and an equinox. Imbolc falls between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Easter/Lady Day), around 1 February in the Latin calendar, and it marked the Celtic New Year and the beginning of spring. The weather was/is still cold, but it is time to get the livestock (especially sheep) up the duff (the word Imbolc literally means “in the belly” or pregnant) and the the days are noticeably longer now than they were before Christmas/Yule.
Goddess Brigid & Saint Brigid (Brighid, Brigit, Bride) Celtic Fire Goddess Believed to be the daughter of a Druid.
Imbolc was also a day sacred to the Celtic triple-goddess, Brigid. Brigid ~ Pictish Pagan Roots Bruide, the Pictish royal throne name, is said to derived from the Pagan Goddess Brigid. The Bruide name was given to each Pagan Pictish king who was viewed as the male manifestation of the spirit of the Goddess. The most sacred place of the Picts was Abernethy in Fife. It was dedicated to Brigid, in Pagan times, and to St. Brigid, in Christian times. Columban monks tended a Celtic abbey there and hereditary abbots were of the Earl of Fife branch of the Clan MacDuff, which survived to the present day as Clan Wemyss (Weems).
She is represented as a maiden, a mother, and a crone, Brigid was goddess of fertility, poetry, spring, children, healing, arts, midwifery and almost all of the best things of new growth. When the days grew longer once more, the Celts believed it was in part because Brigid was warming the earth with her motherly love once again.
After the Celts became Christians, the festival of Imbolc became was remade into a suitable event for the church. The goddess transformed into a saint, St. Brigid of Kildare, and the first day of February became her feast day. The saint and goddess both essentially perform the same functions: watching over babies, the home, and other female-centric things. However, as time progressed, the more “manly” attributes of the goddess — like gifting poets and blacksmiths with their talent — were taken away from the saint.
Symbolism of Imbolc: Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, The Re-Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
Symbols of Imbolc: Brideo'gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid's Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs.
Herbs of Imbolc: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
Foods of Imbolc: Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.
Incense of Imbolc: Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.
Colors of Imbolc: White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown.
Stones of Imbolc: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.
Activities of Imbolc: Candle Lighting (light Candles or lamps in each room of the house right after sunset for a few minutes to honor the Sun's rebirth), Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo'gas and Bride's Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bon Fires maybe lit.
This simple act of planting seeds would be a good way to recognize this special time of year.
The cauldron played a significant part in both Celtic life and belief. As a symbol of well being, it pre-dated the Celts by many thousands of years; from the early Bronze Age of pre-Celtic Europe. Many of the monstrous pots have been found in Ireland, Scotland and in Brittany. The cauldron symbolizes both rebirth and continuous abundance. They loom large in Irish mythology. Each Irish ‘bruidhean’ (Otherworld hostel or ‘house of the god’ ) had its own magical pot that could easily feed one hundred warriors and never became empty. The cauldron held a special place in Celtic society and was believed to have supernatural properties. It has become an essential part of the witch's magical kitchen wares. Within the cauldron, all kinds of powers ebb and flow, lending a mystical force to whatever is conjured within it.
Cauldrons can be used for burning sage, incense and candles.
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Compiled by Debb Greer borrowed in part from Bob Curran.
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