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22 May 2019

Imbolc for Beginners



On the 1st and 2nd of February, Wiccans are celebrating Imbolc, which is a sign to Wiccans that spring has sprung.


Imbolc is the time to let go of the past and look forward to the future, and, like Mabon, many Pagans use this as a time to declutter their home of unwanted belongings. The time of Imbolc could be considered the origin of spring cleaning! As well as tidying their homes at this time, many Wiccans like to cleanse inwardly as well. They find unhelpful thoughts and feelings, painful memories that aren’t of use to them, and try their hardest to let them go. This is often a much more difficult task than, say, selling a couple of dresses that no loner fit correctly, but it’s an important one to attempt, if you’d like to. There are so many thoughts rattling around our brain that aren’t even remotely helpful, and at Imbolc we clear out the old to make way for the new. Beginning a practice of meditation and mindfulness would be a fantastic start to this.


Imbolc is a time of new beginnings. The first spring lambs are being born, as are chicks, piglets, and a whole host of other animals that ancient Pagans would have relied on for food and companionship. Snowdrops are often known as one of the first signs of spring even to non-Pagans, and Wiccans connect them with the Goddess Brighid. She is said to represent healing, fertility, the Sun, fire, and the hearth. It is common for Wiccans to make Brighid Crosses out of bendable sticks such as willow, and place them on the hearth of their fireplace for protection for their home. As well is the Brighid Cross, many Wiccans also make a Bridey Doll, and place her in the same place, on the hearth.


At the time of Imbolc, the Goddess takes her Maiden form. Remember that many Wiccans believe she takes the form of Maiden, Mother, and Crone throughout the course of the year. Just as the year is young and full of life, so is the Goddess.


Imbolc is a time that’s full of promise for the future. If you want to celebrate it, you can make yourself a Brighid Cross or Bridey Doll, there are plenty of tutorials out there. You can also plant seeds now and watch them grow over the coming weeks and months, your own manifestation of the life and new beginnings at Imbolc. Over the month of February, why not try to meditate daily, which can be as simple as using the Calm app on your phone? If your mind and home feels cluttered and overwhelming, have a good sort out of your belongings and donate or sell the things that you don’t need.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can get involved with the celebrations at the Sabbat of Imbolc.

Have a lovely day, and blessed be.

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