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~ correspondences of imbolc ~

symbolism: purity, growth and renewal, the reunion of the Goddess and the God, fertility, dispensing of the old and making way for the new

symbols and decorations: candles, candle wheels, lamps, brooms, yellow flowers, white flowers, seeds,  evergreens, sheep and lambs, ploughs, Brighid’s Crosses, priapic wands (acorn-tipped), Brideo’gas (straw or corn dollies)

traditional activities: a besom is placed by the front door to symbolise sweeping out the old and welcoming in the new, lit candles to celebrate the coming light, search for signs of spring, make Bride’s Beds, priapic wands and/or Brideo’gas, feed seeds and nuts to the birds or other wildlife, clean the house for the spring season, gather stones

spellworking and ritual: bless the seeds for this year’s garden, perform fertility and purification rituals, consecrate agricultural tools or other tools of trade, perform an initiation ceremony or other ceremonies or spells of transformation and beginnings

herbs, incense and oils: angelica, basil, bay laurel, blackberry, celandine, coltsfoot, cinnamon, heather, iris, myrrh, tansy, violets, vanilla, wisteria and all white or yellow flowers

foods and drink: dairy products, curries, seeds, mutton or lamb, muffins, scones, breads, onions, garlic, chives, raisins, spiced wines, dried or preserved fruits, pumpkin seeds, poppy seed cakes, sunflower seeds, herbal teas

colors:  yellow, light green, white, pink, brown

stones: amethyst, turquoise, bloodstone, ruby, onyx, garnet

gods and goddesses: all flame deities, and virgin/maiden Goddesses; such as Anu (Irish), Brigit (Irish), Frigg/Freya (Norse), Minerva (Roman), Lucina (Roman), Juno (Roman), Vesta (Roman), Artemis (Greek), Gaia (Greek), Hestia (Greek), Athena (Greek), Kebehut (Egyptian), Dumuzi (Sumerian), Inanna (Sumerian); Diancecht (Irish), Bragi (Norse), Frey (Norse), Adonis (Greek), Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman), Osiris (Egyptian)

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