All about Imbolc

Imbolc, or Imbolg, is one of the lesser known festivals of the ancient Celts, but it was one of the four most important festivals in the Celtic calendar. For this ancient society, the year revolved around two main points; on the one hand, since the Celts were an agricultural society, everything was based around the harvest. On the other hand, they also had an in-depth knowledge about the alignment of the sun and stars, which history suggests had great significance for them. So their calendar was neatly divided up into four quarters, with a festival to celebrate reaching each one. The year started with Samhain at the end of October, when the harvest was in full swing, to prepare for the onset of winter. In Celtic philosophy, light must always follow dark, so this is why their year began on such a sombre note. Bealtaine at the beginning of May marked the coming of summer, the beginning of sowing crops, and the light half of the year, and was the biggest and happiest celebration. In between were Lughnasa in August, marking the beginning of the harvest, and Imbolc in February, to celebrate the beginning of spring.

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Imbolc

Imbloc (Candlemass, Imblog, Imbole) – February 2nd

Pronounced: EE-Molc
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red

This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).

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Imbolc/Lammas Gathering on Febuary 2, 2018

Our Imbolc/Lanka’s gathering was written by Two Feathers. She will also be lead this gathering.

Friday, February 2, 2018

at 7:00 PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you!

WHERE:I

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU NEED:

Northern hemisphere : one red candle for the God ; one white candle for the Goddess
Southern hemisphere : one yellow candle for the  God ; one red candle for the Goddess

If you do not have candles with red and yellow colour , you can use two white candles, any candle  size  is ok. If you use two white candles you carve the symbols of the God on one of them and the symbol of the Goddess on the second one. See the symbols below.

Candle holders for the candles
Matches or lighter
Small sheet of paper and a pen
One envelope with flower or vegetable seeds in it
A glass with wine, mead or juice as a gift for the Deitiesd

Atheme or ceremonial knife to carve Goddess and God Symbols. The symbol on the right is for a Goddess and left for a God.

Goddess is on the left.

God symbol is on the right.

Ritual

Two Feathers :
I call you Great Circle of Crystal Light
to hold our combined  energy tonight.
Time and Place we leave behind
as we work into your Light.
In the names of the  God and the Goddess
And with harm to none
This circle is sealed
So Be It

Two Feathers : I call the Guardians of Air into the Watchtower of the East to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Water into the watchtower of the west to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Earth into the Watchtower of the North to protect our circle

 

Two Feathers : Merry meet dear brothers sisters and guests .Everyone type your name and country you are now in.

Two Feathers : I invite the Horned God and the Triple Goddess to join us within this circle Now and to work with us.

Everyone light the candle of the God and say :
Northern hemisphere /red candle/: As the Young God steps into Power and the days get longer so Peace Love Abundance and Joy settle on Earth and our dreams come true.Southern hemisphere : /yellow candle/ As the Horned God sacrifices himself  providing us food so His Light is not lost but saved. The Light will be with us during the winter and will keep us safe until the Sun comes back in Spring. 

When you are ready type : DoneNow light the candle of the Goddess and say :

Northern hemisphere /white  candle/:
We honor You Great Maiden
Bringer of hope and wishes come true
As you awaken the trees so Love awakens on Earth
and we thrive into Your Generosity

Southern hemisphere /red candle/:
We honor you Great Mother
Bringer of Fruit and Abundance on Earth
We thank you for our food and for our wishes come true.

 

When ready type : Done


We will now take 3 minutes to write our desires on the paper. Pour the seeds into your hand and whisper your dersires to them. When finished put the seeds back into the enevolpe along with the paper you wrote your desires on.
When completely finished type in Done.

Everyone raise the glass with wine/juice or mead for moment and stay in silence offering the gift to the deities. Then take a sip of the wine/mead/juice

Two Feathers : We thank you Horned God and Triple Goddess for attending our gathering now and we share this gift with you. Go in Peace and Harmony and Blessed Be

Two Feathers :

I dismiss the Guardians of Earth from the Watchtower of the North with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Water  from the Watchtower of the West with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Air from the Watchtower of the East with thanks and blessings

I bring us back to the time and place to live and work on Earth and to be safe. Thank You to all of the energies and Spirits that helped us in the circle. Go in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. This circle is open but unbroken
This is so.

Two Feathers : Thank You brothers sisters and guests for attending this circle. Until we merry meet again. Blessed Be

The box with the seeds and the paper within will be kept in a secret place until the next sabbat Ostara for the Northern hemisphere and the seeds will be planted together with the ash of the burnt paper with the desires.
For the Southern hemisphere the seeds will be mixed with more seeds at Mabon and preserved together  till the next spring and planted at Ostara together with the ashes of the burnt paper with the written desires on it.

When you take the seeds to be planted first burn the paper with your desires written on it. Than mix the ash in with seeds before planting them.

I call you Great Circle of Crystal Light
to hold our combined  energy tonight.
Time and Place we leave behind
as we work into your Light.
In the names of the  God and the Goddess
And with harm to none
This circle is sealed
So Be It

Two Feathers : I call the Guardians of Air into the watchtower of the East to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Water into the watchtower of the west to protect our circle
I call the Guardians of Earth into the Watchtower of the North to protect our circle

Everyone type your name and country you are now in

Everyone light the candle of the God and say :Northern hemisphere /red candle/: As the Young God steps into Power and the days get longer so Peace Love Abundance and Joy settle on Earth and our dreams come true.

Southern hemisphere : /yellow candle/ As the Horned God sacrifices himself  providing us food so His Light is not lost but saved. The Light will be with us during the winter and will keep us safe until the Sun comes back in Spring.
When you are ready type : Done

Then light the candle of the Goddess and say :

Northern hemisphere /white  candle/:
We honor You Great Maiden
Bringer of hope and wishes come true
as you awaken the trees so Love awakens on Earth
and we thrive into Your Generosity

Southern hemisphere /red candle/:
We honor you Great Mother
Bringer of Fruit and Abundance on Earth
We thank you for our food and for our wishes come true.

When ready type : Done
We will now take 3 minutes to write our desires on the paper. Pour the seeds into you hand and whisper your dersires to them. When finished put the seeds back into the enevolpe along with the paper you wrote your desires on. When completely finished type in Done.

Two Feathers : We thank you Horned God and Triple Goddess for attending our gathering now and we share this gift with you. Go in Peace and Harmony and Blessed Be
Everyone take a sip of the wine/mead/juice

Two Feathers :

I dismiss the Guardians of Earth from the Watchtower of the North with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Water  from the Watchtower of the West with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with thanks and blessings
I dismiss the Guardians of Air from the Watchtower of the East with thanks and blessings

I bring us back to the time and place to live and work on Earth and to be safe. Thank You to all of the energies and Spirits that helped us in the circle. Go in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. This circle is open but unbroken
This is so.

The box with the seeds and the paper within will be kept in a secret place until the next sabbat Ostara for the Northern hemisphere and the seeds will be planted together with the ash of the burnt paper with the desires.
For the Southern hemisphere the seeds will be mixed with more seeds at Mabon and preserved together  till the next spring and planted at Ostara together with the ashes of the burnt paper with the written desires on it.
When you take the seeds to be planted first burn the paper with your desires written on it. Than mix the ash in with seeds before planting them

 

 

Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia,

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

by Jenwytch

POSTED ON JULY 20, 2010 BY JENWYTCH AT THE OTHER SIDE. THIS ARTICLE IS ALSO IN THE JULY 2010 EDITION OF THE “AXIS MUNDI”.

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated.

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres …

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Southern Hemisphere Sabbat Dates

Traditional Dates ‘Exact’ Times & Dates **
Lughnasadh/Lammas February 2 February 4, 2017 1:27AM
Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) March 21 March 20, 2017 8:29PM
Samhain April 30/May 1 May 5, 2017 5:28PM
Yule (Winter Solstice) June 21 June 21, 2017 2:24PM
Imbolc August 1 August 7, 2017 5:40PM
Ostara (Vernal/Spring Equinox) September 21 September 23, 2017 6:02AM
Beltaine October 31 November 7, 2017 3:25PM
Litha (Summer Solstice) December 21 December 22, 2017 2:28AM
** Exact dates and times are from http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2017.html – Equinox and Solstice data from the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington DC. Cross-Quarter moments are interpolated as the midway points between the Solstices and Equinoxes measured in degrees along the ecliptic. Former NASA scientist Rollin Gillespie uses this spatial method rather than simply splitting in half the time interval between a Solstice and an Equinox.)

The Wheel of the Year…

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated. (See my article [below] in an earlier edition of Axis Mundi for more about the history and origins of Imbolc.)

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres many Australian Pagans prefer to celebrate Imbolc when it is seasonally appropriate here, on August 1st or 2nd, instead of on the traditional northern hemisphere date of February 2nd. Although the majority of modern day Aussie Pagans live in cities or the suburbs we can still look to our backyard gardens, public suburban parks or the National Parks and bushland reserves scattered all around us to see evidence of the cycle of the seasons relevant to this time of year.

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