Spring Clean! Imbolc Astrology And Ritual…
Can Cleaning Be Astrological? Purification At The Right Time Of Year!
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In 2020, Imbolc is Saturday, February 1st!
Also known as Brigid’s Day, Imbolc (or Imbolg) is a festival marking the beginning of spring. It occurs at the beginning of February, on the first day of the month.
In astrology, a date is never just a date it’s a degree of the Zodiac, in this case between 13º Aquarius – halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. When the sun is around these degrees of any of the Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius), we take into account their positioning between the equinox and solstice.
You can read more about the bigger picture, here, but essentially, these are known as cross-quarter days, and the Four Lunar Fire Festivals.
The Four Lunar Fire Festivals Are:
- Beltane (May Eve) – 9º Taurus – May 1st
- Lughnasadh (Lammas) – 9º Leo – August 1st
- Samhain (Hallowe’en) – 9º Scorpio – October 31st-November 2nd
- Imbolc (Candlemas) – 13º Aquarius – February 2nd-7th.
Throughout the Christian world, Imbolc is 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.
In the US, February 1st is Groundhog Day, a cold, rainy, snowy time of darkness, and a time to begin to awaken from the long winter.
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; the 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 honoring light.
Imbolc Rituals – Ways To Mark The Moment!
- Spring Clean! 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.
- 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
Let any staid thoughts be blown away during the time of Air Sign Aquarius’ reign…
- Put Snowdrops In A Vase
The very first flowers of spring, snowdrops are a gorgeous addition to your shelf.
- Light A Sacred Ceremonial Fire
To honor Brigid, and the Eternal Flame…
Saint Brigid may well remind you of the Roman Goddess and asteroid Vesta, the 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.