Imbolc or Imbolg
is the first of the Spring holidays that ring in the festivals for fertility. Not just fertility of self and body as many non-believers belief. But fertility of the earth for an abundant crop, and garden, a fertile mind for imagining new ideas and concepts; perhaps for work or home. Imbolg is the celebration of setting things in fruitful motion and preparing for a wonderful year.
In general terms it is the celebration of things yet to be born for the new year. Those things that are hidden under winters last snows. It is a time for preparation and readiness. A time to look over your supplies for the coming year and make a list of what you might need. It is a time to take stock of your magik cabinet, you pantry and even your plans or goals for the year.
In traditional ceremony Imbolc/Imbolg is the festival of the Goddess aspect of the divine spirits. The Goddess Brid or Bridget, the bride who is waiting for the return of her groom, the sun God. In original Celtic traditions, it is the preparation for the rebirth of the sun God. Today the Irish know this festival as St. Bridget’s Day.