Imbolc, the beginning of witches' spring

Imbolc, le début du printemps des sorcières

Posted by   Joanna Calla   24/01/2023     Nature and floral language    0 Comments

Do you know imbolc?

It is a pagan festival which celebrates, around February 1 under the influence of the new moon, the return of light and the near end of winter, it is a moment of purification, awakening and liberation.

Imbolc (meaning "in the womb") lies between Yule (Christmas and winter solstice) and Ostara (spring equinox). The rites celebrated make it possible to cleanse the residues of the past, to renounce negative thoughts. It is a moment of purification and exorcization turned towards oneself between introspection and projection of the future.

All energies can be renewed, we develop new projects, we recalculate the trajectory of our life and we make sure that we are heading in the direction we want to go.

Become Candlemas with the Christians, this festival marks the end of the reign of destruction and announces the first signs of spring. It celebrates the awakening of the earth and the power of the sun to germinate seeds. Winter is at its coldest but at the same time snowdrops appear.

We are hoping for warmer days. We want to embark on new things.

Although still in winter, the energies are quite different from those of Yule. We come out of rest and winter sleep to enter a more active period with the arrival of light.

We take the opportunity to do the big cleaning of the houses, we air, we tidy up and we purify the interiors.

Imbolc is also a time to celebrate Brigid. Brigid who is a pagan goddess of healing, poetry and the forge. But also fire, sun and hearth and it brings fertility to the earth and its inhabitants.

Imbolc symbols:

- colors: white, lilac, pink, yellow, green

- crystals: amethyst, moonstone, ruby, garnet, turquoise, peridot, moss agate, heliolite, citrine

- herbs: rosemary, dill, basil, bay leaf, chamomile, yellow flowers, angelica, blackberry

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