Imbolc is a pagan holiday that was a few days ago for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but I feel that its power and meaning still applies in the next few weeks ahead.
Imbolc is the mid-way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and this transition lasts for the period leading into the next phase.
This time is about starting to purify and “lighten up” as we move towards a bright, new spring season. In the winter, we are less active and hunker down with shelter, heavy foods and heavy clothes. In the spring is when we start to go outside more, become more mobile, and need to lessen our load in order to do so.
Here are some ideas for how to celebrate and take advantage of this time:
Wear lots of white to symbolize and activate purification. You can wear a white bathrobe, white sleepwear, white top, use white towels... you get the idea!
Take Hot Baths and Drink Lots of Tea:
Brigid is the main goddess that is associated with this time, and she is a deity linked to fire and water, and healing springs and wells. Fire and Water are cleansers. Take a salt bath with lavender, lemon and rosemary. Drink tea with the intention to purify. And just drink lots of water!
Visit a Healing Spring or Well:
Glastonbury is strongly associated with Brigid. It has sacred red and white springs, and is a perfect destination for Imbolc. Another great option is in Bath where there is a hot spring and lovely spa to immerse in the healing waters of local Celtic goddess Sulis (who is very similar to Brigid).
Do a Deep Clean and Decluttering in your Home:
Are you feeling overdue for this task? This is an effective way to move stuck energy.
Do a Cleanse or “Fast” of Some Sort:
Take a time period to just eat simple, pure foods or have some fresh juices (warm them a bit if it feels appropriate). Maybe even do a fast if that feels right.
Food is not the only thing we can “fast” from, though. Do you feel you could use another kind of fast, like a social media or chocolate fast? This is a perfect time to take a break! You could commit to doing it for 40 days during Lent (Feb 14th to March 29th), or whenever and however long feels suitable for you.
Let Go of Something:
Is there something that no longer feels appropriate to have in your life? Is there anything you could change in order to no longer be stuck or stagnant? This is a great time for letting go!
Start to Take In More “Light”:
As the days are getting longer, more light is coming in. Take in more light to align with the season. Visualise yourself taking in solar light, meditate with a citrine, or light some candles and gaze into the flame. Taking walks outside in the daylight hours is also great for this purpose, of course!
Dancing is a wonderful way to move energy- and it’s so freeing and fun!
Do Something Creative:
Creativity is linked to fire and life force energy. Is there a creative activity you’ve been meaning to do? A writing project? Painting? Give it a go!
Laugh and/or Cry:
Laughter and tears are a form of release. Watch a movie, a show, a video clip or listen to a song that makes you laugh or cry. This is purifying, makes us more light, and helps us to shift. Powerful stuff!
Some Imbolc Correspondences:
Goddesses: Brigid, Sulis, Uzume
Astrology Sign: Aquarius (the sign of the bridge)
Animals: Swans, Foxes, Ewes
Crystals: Citrine, Aventurine, Yellow Calcite
Thank you for reading. Happy Imbolc-time!!
Love and Blessings,