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Imbolc Customs

Imbolc Customs

Imbolc, (pronounced im-bolk) or Candlemass, Imbolg, Bride's Day, Oimelc, and Brid's Day is the second holiday on the wheel of the year occurring around February 1st or 2nd--in the deepest coldest heart of the winter.

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Divination

The eve of Imbolc is the best time of the year to perform divinations specifically pertaining to the future welfare and prosperity of your family.

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Waiting for the Son God

It is the bride's time of waiting for union with the Sun God on Beltane.

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Imbolc is celebrated with candles and grain dolls made of dried sheaves of corn or wheat from the previous year's harvest (Lughnassadh). They can be simple or fancy.

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Often, simple crosses called Brigit Crosses were made and placed in the home.

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Altars called Bride's Beds were decorated with white candles around the grain doll to honor the Goddess and hurry the coming of the Bride Groom.

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Bride Bed's Prayer

Welcome the bride both maiden and mother
rest and prepare for the time of the seed
cleansed and refreshed from labors behind her
with the promise of spring she lays before me.

Another Imbolc ritual is done on Imbolc Eve when we take buttered bread in a bowl placed outdoors for the Faries who travel with the Lady of the Greenwood.

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Or a fire can be made with the Yule greens to hasten winter's departure.

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Christian Candlemass

As is the case for most Wiccan/Pagan celebrations, Imbolc has been appropriated by Christians. This matters little as Wiccans respect all faiths based on peace, love, and happiness for all.


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