It is the 2nd of February, which can only mean one thing! Happy Imbolc to all of those who are celebrating today, and with that in mind, I wanted to share my thoughts on Imbolc with you all today.
Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, is a festival which often signifies the light coming back into the world after the sabbat Yule. Symbolised by white candles, white flowers and white decorations, Imbolc is often regarded as the transitions between the heart of the winter into the beginning of Spring, ready for the Spring Equinox in March.
As a result, my own Imbolc traditions always consist of lighting candles and enjoying the new found light in the mornings. Whether it is a tealight or a scented jar candle, I always ensure that I light a candle once in the morning and once in the evening to see me through the rest of the night.
Of course, there are several differing traditions out there, with many performing rather extensive rituals and preparing 3 day long feasts. I, for one, am ready for a good feast, however Imbolc for me is a time where I appreciate the smaller things. Sometimes, just giving a nod to the sun and saying thanks for lighting the world in our darker days is all we need to truly remember and appreciate it.
I don’t, however, just light a candle and be done with it. Candles are wonderful to provide a place of focus and comfort, and can give us 5 minutes or 20 minutes of solitude and concentration when we want to concentrate on ways we can brighten our own lives. This is what I do. I use the light of the candle to inspire me to bring light in my life and those around me.
Do you celebrate Imbolc, and if so, how do you go about celebrating this special day?