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Imbolc; February 2nd, 2013

29 Jan

So, only 4 days until Imbolc and if you’re still wondering what to do to honour the day then this is the post for you.

Imbolc is a festival to celebrate the first arrivals of Spring; the issue I face (and probably a lot of my followers) is that where I live February 2nd is the dead of winter and there, on a normal year, will be no signs of Spring until after Ostara.

Nonetheless, Imbolc is a glimmer of hope–it reminds us that Spring will be here eventually. Imbolc is a day for new beginnings– maybe a little pre-spring cleaning or breaking bad habits or ending bad relationships. So, if Spring is no where near springing where you live find new beginnings in your life rather than searching for the signs of the new beginnings of Spring.

At this fire festival we celebrate the lengthening of days, slowly but surely, Spring will be upon us. Also, look to Brighid on this day, and honour the Goddess in all her forms; maiden, mother and crone.

Things to Do for Imbolc

  • Start fresh- clean up, break bad habits.
  • Take down any Yule decorations you may have still up- its bad luck
  • Do something childlike- At Imbolc, the Great Ones are viewed as growing up, so do something fun and childlike to celebrate this. Also remember to learn from childhood lessons

Recipes

Sour Cream and Honey Cake

  • 8 oz whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz butter
  • 3 oz raisins
  • 5fl oz sour cream
  • 3 oz honey

Heat oven to 400F. Put the flour into a bowl with the baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Rub in the butter with your fingertips. Toss in the raisins. Make a well in the center. Pour in the sour cream and add the honey. Gradually mix everything to make dough. On a floured baking sheet, roll the dough into a square about 3/4 in thick. Bake the cake for 12-15 minutes, or until it is firm and slightly brown on top. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Just some ideas to get you started–hope this inspires you to make this Imbolc a great one. Blessings.

All information was taken from Seasons of the Witch by Gail Duff– I paraphrased mostly but the recipe is a direct quote. 

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1 Comment

Posted by on January 29, 2013 in esbats and sabbats

 

One response to “Imbolc; February 2nd, 2013

  1. knixie.net

    February 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you for this post! I have only recently started celebrating the Pagan holidays and it’s still a learning process for me.

     

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