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Post  LyxisMorgan on Mon 17 Feb 2014 - 21:47

Imbolc (Imbolg, Imbole, Candlemass) also called Brighid's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde, Manx: Laa'l Breeshey), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.

Deities: All Virgin/Maiden Goddesses, Brighid, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Gaia, and Februa, and Gods of Love and Fertility, Aengus Og, Eros, and Februus.
Symbolism: Purity, Growth and Renewal, The Reunion of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Violet, Vanilla
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Brown
Herbs: Blackberry, Coltsfoot, Ginger, Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Celandine, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
Foods: Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, Muffins, Scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.
Trees: Rowan, Willow
Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.

Things you can do on Imbolc:
Candle Lighting, Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo'gas (corn dollies) and Bride's Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bonfires maybe lit.

Celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February, Imbolc marks the middle point between The Winter Solstice (Yule) and the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and is one of the four major sabbats.

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