Spring Clean! Imbolc Astrology And Ritual…
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Imbolc (or Imbolg), also known as Brigid’s Day, is a festival marking the beginning of spring, about halfway between winter solstice and the spring equinox.
It usually falls on February 1st, which is Groundhog Day in the US, a cold, rainy, snowy time of darkness, and a time to begin to awaken from the long winter.
It’s one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals (also Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain), and throughout the Christian world it’s known as Candlemas, or observed as the feast day of Saint Brigid. In pagan ritual, Imbolc is dedicated to Brigid, Goddess of the Eternal Flame.
The original word Imbolg means ‘in the belly’, and in the seasonal calendar this is the beginning of lambing season – all is pregnant and expectant!
- The first stirrings of spring; anticipation of the sun’s imminent warm return in spring.
- Purification (especially through fire and smoke). February’s name can be traced in Latin as Februare, meaning purification.
- Spring cleaning in anticipation of new life! Purifying oneself and honouring light.
Imbolc Rituals – Ways To Mark The Moment
De-clutter, purify, refresh, and set the tone for spring and the year ahead.
Start as you mean to go on, making your own recipes and cleaning solutions, which is not only an organic way to clean but cheaper, too!
Send any precious garments to the dry cleaners for a refresh, which is also an opportune moment to detox your closet.
Sage Your Home
Make Restitution – And Wash Away The Dirt
Do you owe anyone an apology? Let it die with the cold heart of winter, and ready yourself for a fresh start at spring.
Wash away the debris of the past with a cleaning salt bath.
Hang Brigid’s Cross Or A Corn Doll
A symbol sacred to the goddess Brigid, crosses were crafted by the Celts and hung above windows or entrances as a way to invite the Goddess into their homes during spring.
Brigid was considered the keeper of the flame of life, and the cross represents kindling used to keep the home fires burning.
It’s also a talisman of protection.
Open The Windows
Put Snowdrops In A Vase
The very first flowers of spring, snowdrops are a gorgeous addition to your shelf.
You will no doubt be reminded of the Roman Goddess and asteroid Vesta, Goddess of the Hearth – the hearth’s flame personified. She protected the home and family unit, and tended to the fire.
Brigid, as well as other figures –Belisama and Sul– are associated with feminine craft, domesticity and the cult of fire, like the Greco-Roman Hestia and Vesta. However they are not one and the same.
Vestalia was a Roman religious festival in honor of Vesta, held from 7th to the 15th June, with continual burning of the sacred fire of Rome.