This is particularly a special time of year for me because it is the holiday of my matron, Brigid, goddess of Fire, Light, Healing, Inspiration, and the Forge. It is this time of year where I will be working on purifying myself and my space, renewing old energies, ceremoniously destroying old tools, and "forging" new tools for the year to come.
It is a time of year to literally and figuratively begin planting seeds for manifestation and yield. If you cannot yet plant outdoors, consider nurturing new life in the home to be transplanted in March. Remove the dead and gone from your soil and space and begin amending the works and soil you live on. Imbolc reminds us that we must release to create. We cannot keep taking without giving back. It is in the fires of the forge that what could seem perhaps useless, expired, inert, or useless is transformed and given new life. So to must we work as the forge in our own space.
From now until Ostara (the vernal Equinox), we must also be mindful of how we care for ideals, dreams, and other creative "babies" we have not yet birthed. What kind of world are we bringing those treasures into? If the Vernal Equinox is the rebirth and return of the Sun and God energy, Imbolc is the baby shower. Because that energy is gestating within us and being fed and grown by our own experiences, energy, and environment, Imbolc asks us to take February - March to work in conscious preparation and co-creation to make the best of this growing Light.
What Intentions Are Supported By This Season's Energy?
Keywords You Should Remember:
Refresh, Clear, Replace, Renew, Rearrange, Re-structure, Purify, Cleanse, Initiate, Empower, Bless, Heal, and Inspire
Honoring the Goddess Brigid
Customary Offerings & Prayers
Leaving offerings for the reawakening earth spirits outside is also advised as to establish a loving and neighborly relationship with the elemental kingdoms.
Other Offerings that Are Acceptable (Though Milk really should be present):
- Liquor (Brandy or Whiskey are best)
Activities, Spells, & Ceremonies Best In the Imbolc Period
Creativity & Art - The Goddess Brigid rules creativity and thus makes a special allotment of energy for the artists, the writers, performers, and creators of the world. She supports all matters of inspiration but also urges the continuation and improvement of talent. This is a great time to bless oneself and abilities for improvement as well as to attract recognition as well as expansion of one's audience/readership. If you are not an artist, creativity still applies to you in many ways. If you feel you are stuck in your spiritual practice, perhaps feeling a block to skills such as visualization or crafting, this applies to you as well.
Reconstituting Old Energies / Spells - If you have old charms, talismans, sachets and tools you carried for the last year (or more), consider that energy and magick are organic things. They will expire over time. Even if fed, no spell is meant to last a lifetime. While magick may expire, it is never destroyed. It will dissipate into the universe over time while some traces remain in your workings. Take this time (especially early February) to consider ceremoniously dismantling and re-charging newer workings with this recycled energy to make the intention and the output all the stronger.
House/Home Protection & Blessing - As a maiden of the hearth, Brigid's time of year is also a time to renew and re-bless the protection and blessings of hearth and home. Perhaps it is time to create a new Witch's bottle or case more salt around the edges of your property? Gridding the home with new crystals as well as protecting your working space (office, studio etc.) are also excellent activities at this time.
Rearranging the Home- Changing the direction of one's bed is well known as a means of halting a psychic attack and to regain ground where one might be "losing" a battle in life. Consider rearranging the entire house and furniture this Imbolc in order to have a brand new year in a brand new home. Study Feng Shui. Bring color into the space to keep the mental and spiritual energies in even step with the season (White, Blue, Red, and Silver are good).
Energy Healing - Any energy healing working will be extremely effective at this time. Because this Imbolc (February 2016) we will be in a waning moon, it will be an excellent time for banishing or releasing illness, Chronic or Acute. After the 8th, the Moon will Wax and it will be an ideal period for drawing in and attracting healing energies to reinvigorate and restore.
Colors of the Season:
Red - Protection, Energizing, & Empowering
White - Blessing, Healing, Consecration
Blue - Inspiration, Creativity, Wisdom
Gold - Prominence, Prosperity, Good Fortune
Herbs, Incense, & Oil :
For Healing - Rosemary, Lavender, Mint
For Blessing / Consecration - Frankincense, Rose, Carnation
Protection - Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
Creativity & Art - Lemongrass, Anise, Nutmeg
Stones & Crystals:
Healing - Fluorite, Quartz, Rose Quartz
Blessing / Consecration - Quartz, Citrine
Protection - Tiger's Eye, Black Tourmaline
Creativity & Art - Sodalite, Aventurine
Days of the Week:
Monday - Consecration & Psychic Work
Tuesday - Protection
Wednesday- Creativity & Inspiration
Sunday - Healing & New Beginnings
Full Moons & New Moons
Full Moons are for Culmination, Completion, Evolution, & Endings
New Moons are for New Beginnings, Psychic Work, & Refreshing Energy
February 8 - New Moon in Aquarius
February 22 - Full Moon in Virgo
March 8 - New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces
March 23 - Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra