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Imbolc

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

Imbolc is celebrated on 1st February. Less well known than many of the other festivals, I always see it as more subtle than Samhain (Halloween) and May Day... Today marks the celebration Imbolc (Pagan), St Brigid's Day (Gaelic) and the eve of the Christian celebration of Candlemas.


We are now at the half-way point between Solstice and Spring Equinox. It is a gentle turning point on the way towards Spring. In our menstrual cycle, this would be represented around day 3 or 4. We are still deep in Winter, but can feel slight energy shift. Imbolc marks the mid-point of Winter and the first whispers of Spring rising. Even though we are still very much in the darkness, light is slowly returning and we can see snowdrops peeking through.



After months of hibernation and rest , deep down the life is beginning to stir again. It is still winter, and the call is still to rest, but we have the promise of Spring in the coming weeks.


It can feel a conflicting time of year, as the yearning to rest may be strong still, or perhaps the Spring energy is pulling you forward into productivity. As with all thresholds, the challenge is to stay slow and step through it consciously. We have plenty of time to hang out in the safe container of winter and just peek out to see what’s next.


It’s natural to resist leaving warm, comfortable space in order to stretch into who we are becoming. But this is a time to feel into doing just that. Just as nature is beginning to awaken from its winter sleep, so too will your spirit begin to reawaken with dreams and vision for the year to come.


Change and evolution are not always comfortable, even if they are wanted and needed! Be gentle with yourself, there is no rush….


We have put together some lovely suggestions of how to celebrate this turning towards the light.



Journal prompts


How would you like to grow more fully into yourself?


What gold are you capturing from your Winter sleep?


Where are you being called forwards?



Imbolc Gratitude Ritual


3 things you are grateful for

3 blessings that have come your way this Winter

3 opportunities that you are looking forward to this coming Spring



Imbolc Cake Recipe

Goddess Brigid is honoured as the bringer of Spring. Legend has it that sun and fire goddess Brigid returned to earth bringing green to the land. Imbolc was the occasion of a great “Feast of Light” or “Feast of Fire” and all kinds of magical cakes were made in Brigid’s honour. She sounds like my sort of gal!


Brigid was believed to be a teacher of herbcraft and so many plants and flowers sacred to her were often featured in Imbolc foods. Each came with their own magical purpose. Sun herbs for example brought their powers of purification, protection and prosperity, which were ritual themes throughout all Imbolc celebrations. As the new sun goddess, all forms of light, heat and illumination were sacred to her so Imbolc was marked with bonfires in the fields and blazing hearths and candles at home. These fires strengthened Brigid’s powers and were purification rites burning off the old to make way for the new growth to come.

To celebrate Liz has created this Lemon, Rosemary and Poppy Seed Cake. Rosemary is a herb of the sun and magically associated with purification, cleansing, protection and prosperity, and poppy seeds symbolize new growth, all of which are so ritually important at this time of new beginnings. Plus they taste pretty awesome.





If you have the Wild Wisdom Journal, you may like to follow the link in your journal to the February offerings page too.Take time for a yoga nidra with Susanna



Liz and Susanna's Winter read

A beautiful book. Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life.

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