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    The Sabbat of Imbolc

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    The Sabbat of Imbolc

    Post by STAR on Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:42 pm

    The Eight Wiccan and Pagan sabbats are ancient festivals that modern Witches and Pagans celebrate to this day with feasting, ritual, magic and good company. The dates may vary a little each year, so be sure to check the exact date each time.

    Each festival offers a powerful opportunity for the Wiccan magic spells and Pagan rituals best suited to the season. Many Wiccans and Pagans choose to begin the celebration of these festivals at sundown the day before the dates given below.
    Wiccan and Pagan Sabbats and the Seasons

    Each of these key points on the Wheel of the year has its own special atmosphere thanks to the intimate link between Wicca and Paganism with the natural world and her seasons. The dates of the sabbats are reversed in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to reflect this close association between the Wiccan faith and the seasons. Some Wiccans and Pagans slightly alter the dates of some sabbats, notably the Sabbat of Imbolc which marks the return of Spring, to reflect local seasonal variations.


    The Sabbat of Imbolc

    Imbolc is celebrated 2 February 2010 in the Northern Hemisphere and 1 August 2010 in the Southern Hemisphere. Imbolc is a time of renewal and celebration for the Wiccan and Pagan community. Celebrate the return of spring with these Imbolc Spells and Rituals.
    Celebrating Imbolc

    Imbolc is the holiday that honors the Goddess slowly turning the Wheel of the Year back to spring. It marks the Sun's growing strength. The days grow longer and in many places we begin to see the first signs of spring. In fact, Imbolc is a Celtic term for spring. In the Irish language, it means "in the belly" (i mbolg), referring to the pregnancy of ewes. Another name is Oimelc, meaning "ewe's milk."

    Like many Celtic festivals, Imbolc celebrations centered on the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid ("the exalted one"), the Celtic goddess of the fires of inspiration, the hearth, and the forge. She is celebrated at Imbolc because it is she who brought spring to the land and the lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. Imbolc is a Sabbat of fertility, inspiration, healing, and purification.

    Winter was a harsh time for our pagan ancestors, often marked with disease and malnutrition. For them the success of the new farming season was of great importance. Imbolc rituals were performed to harness divine energy that would ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later. It's no wonder then that Imbolc customs are designed as acts of sympathetic magic to lure back the Sun and speed up the coming of the warm spring. With this in mind, here are some ideas to help you celebrate Imbolc with your family.

    Create an altar
    Imbolc is a festival of light, reflecting the lengthening of the day and the hope of spring. White, the color of light and milk, appears predominantly. Use a white altar cloth, add white and yellow flowers and candles. Make candles using an easy candle making kit from your local craft store. Use votives or tea lights in glass jars that the kids can decorate. Be sure to use extra caution with candles if you have little ones. You may even choose to abstain from lighting them altogether and just keep them on the altar unlit for symbolic reasons. If candles are absolutely out of the question, use strings of holiday lights or make candles out construction paper.

    Have a bardic night
    Remember that Brigid is the goddess of the fires of inspiration and patroness of poets. Plan an evening of family fun full of storytelling, music, and dance. Play drums and other musical instruments. Let your children read you their favorite poems. Share your favorites with them. Take the opportunity to teach your kids about Brigid.
    Purify
    Many feel that human actions are best when they reflect those of nature, so as the world slowly springs back into action it is time for the small tasks that are neglected through the busy year. The concept of spring-cleaning comes from Imbolc. This is the time of year to go through the closets, attics, basements, and so forth. Give away clothes and toys that have been outgrown. Cleanse and consecrate the house from top to bottom. Get the kids involved by encouraging them to donate, letting them ritually sweep with child-size brooms, and sprinkle areas with salt or herbal whaven'tf you haven't already, it's a great time to teach the kids about charity.

    Turn on the lights
    Turn on every single light in your home, from the bright kitchen lights to the closet lights and the smallest nightlights. Make it a game for the kids. Challenge them to find all the lights.

    Wake up the land
    Lead the family on a parade around the outside of your home, banging on pots and pans or playing musical instruments to awaken the spirits of the land.

    Get cooking
    Have a special meal featuring traditional foods or ingredients like milk and grains. Try lamb stew, honey cakes, poppy seed bread, scones, muffins, and custard. Decorate your table with white flowers and candles. Remember, it doesn't have to be dinner. Have a special breakfast or brunch.

    Imbolc is the cross-quarter festival that heralds the start of the spring quarter of the year and the end of the winter quarter. May Brigid inspire you as you herald the potential of spring together with your children and family.


    HAPPY Imbolc EVERYONE!!!! sunny


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