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~ the celtic fire festival of imbolc celebrates the first signs of the springtime — such as the sprouting of leaves and the crocus flower peeking through the snowfall — as well as the transition of the energies of the crone to those of the maiden; it is also a day sacred to the goddess Brighid ~ 

it is a time to welcome in the early springtime as the earth begins to thaw.  The energies of the sun have been dawning earlier since the winter solstice, and in many places of the world, the earth is still covered in a layer of glittering snow.  Imbolc celebrates the emergence into light — the dark night is lit with candles to honour the emerging energies of the sun and Brighid, the goddess bringing light and life back to the land

further reading:

imbolc sabbat ~ an article at witchology; includes a more scholarly view of the history and traditions of the celtic festival, and further reading on the christianisation of the sabbat, folklore and wiccan / witchcraft celebrations of imbolc

imbolc, the festival of brighid ~ an extensive history of imbolc and information on the goddess brighid, at chalice centre (celtic magical traditions); highly recommended read

imbolc, traditional celebrations for a modern time ~ a witchvox article that summarises some of the traditional celebrations of imbolc, with suggestions for a modern-day celebration

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bushes covered with hoarfrost, on a clear winter day

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