Welcome to the Family Circle thread! The January topic is Imbolc. Or feel free to ask questions or discuss any related topic.
Imbolc is modernly celebrated on February1st or 2nd. It is sometimes celebrated according to the moon – new moon in Aquarius which is February 3rd.
This is the first of 3 spring holidays in the Pagan Wheel of the Year. This holiday is also called Imbolg or Oimelc. Imbolc means “in the belly” and refers to newly pregnant animals like goat and sheep. Oimelc refers to “ewes milk” or lactation. Historically milk and butter were honored at this time to celebrate the coming spring.
There is also a strong Celtic connection to this holiday – it is sacred the Goddess Brigid (Brighid, Brigit, Bridget). It is known as Brighid’s feast day, called Bride’s Day. It’s celebrated as a time to honor the Maiden, for purification and healing. Emphasis on light, flame and candles, but also healing water and wells.
In the Catholic tradition St Bridget is honored on this day, as well as Candlemas and Purification of the Virgin. I am not sure if these are all the same holiday. Anyone know?
Also celebrated on Feb 2nd is Groundhog’s day. This may seem like a random event but it’s no coincidence! As Imbolc honors the first stirrings of spring, noticing the ground dwelling animals popping back up is a good sign! Also weather predictions for the coming year was important.
Anyone celebrate these holidays with family? What do you do? Have any traditions or rituals to share?
I will post more details and info later on. Looking forward to a great discussion this month!!
Edited by rhianna813 - 1/4/11 at 12:33pm