Lesson 7

Imbolc/Imbolg/Oilmec/Candlemas

 

Imbolc (February 1)

 

Correspondences

 

Colors: White, orange, red

Decorations: Lamps, besom, yellow flowers

Foods: All dairy products, curries, onions, chives, garlic, spiced wine, seeds, herb teas

Incense: Rosemary, cinnamon, wisteria, frankincense, myrrh

Herbs: Snowdrop, bay, heather, any first flowers of the year, violets, daffodils

 

Pronounced “IM-bulk” or “EM-bowlk” and derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc” which means “ewes milk”.  Also may derive from a word meaning “In The Belly,” which is a reference to the womb of Mother Earth.

 

Also called Oimealg (“IM-mol’g), Candlemas, Imbolg, Brigit’s Day, St. Lucy’s Day, Feast of Brighid, Oimealg, Imbolgc Brigantia, Imbolic, Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus, Candlelaria, The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin.

 

This sabbat marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God. The length-ning periods of light awaken Her. The God is a young, lusty boy, but His power is felt in the longer days. It is a fire Sabbat, meaning there should be a fire burning.

 

This cross quarter holiday and Greater Sabbat is celebrated by most Pagan traditions on February 2, although some groups celebrate on February Eve. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year and is the festival of the Maiden because from this day to March 21st, it is her season and a time for the earth to prepare for growth and renewal. From Samhain to Feast Of Brid (pronounced BREED) the Celts observed a time called “the period of the little sun”.

 

Although our Mother Earth rests at this time and her stirrings are still hidden from us there is life nonetheless. At Imbolc the long winter is almost behind us. The coldest times have been experienced and survived and now the days are becoming longer. The earth is coming alive and once again, it is time to begin anew. This is the time for banishing winter and preparing for the coming spring. On this day we celebrate the return of light, new beginnings, fertility of the land which is shown to us in things such as the swelling of buds on bare branches and in many places the first Crocus and snow drops flower, springing forth brightly from the frozen earth.. We also celebrate agricultural fertility as evidenced by the livestock birthing new babes, the engorgement of udders and the planning and preparation for the coming planting times. For this reason many people chose this day to bless seeds and consecrate agricultural tools.

 

It is also felt by many traditions that the eve of Imbolc is the best time of the year to perform divinations specifically pertaining to the future welfare and prosperity of your family. While New Year’s resolutions are often about letting go of habits or things that you no longer want, Imbolc is the time for taking the first active steps toward what it is you want to draw into your life-a time of new beginnings.

 

Assignment: Pick the correct answer to the questions.

 

1. What Goddess is associated with Imbolc?

    A. Cerridwyn

    B. Gaia

    C. Belenus

    D. Bridget

 

2. Imbolc is…?

    A. A Major Sabbat

    B. A Minor Sabbat

 

3. Another name of Imbolc is

    A. Lammas

    B. Spring Equinox

    C. Candlemas

    D. Ostara

 

4. Imbolc is a

    A. Death Sabbat

    B. Fire Sabbat

    C. Harvest Sabbat

    D. Fertility Sabbat

 

5. At Imbolc the days are…

    A. Fading

    B. Growing shorter

    C. Growing Longer

    D. Equal

    E. all of the above.


 

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