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Imbolc




Colors



White, Yellow, Pink



Other Names




Imbolg, Oimelc, Candlemas, Disting-tid, Feast of Brigid, Festival of Light, Feast of the Virgin, Festival of Milk, Anagantios, Feast Day of St. Blaize, St. Bridget's Day, Candlelaria.


Symbols



Candles, The Bride, Burrowing Animals, Grain Dolly, Sun Wheels.


Deities



God and Goddess as Children, All Virgin Goddesses


Activities



Candle Lighting, Searching For Signs of Spring, Gathering Stones.


Taboos



Cutting or Picking Plants.


Animals



Robin, Burrowing Animals, Sheep, Lamb, Dragon, Deer.


stones



Turquoise, Amethyst


Plants



Evergreen, Willow, Rosemary, Clover, Dill.


Meaning



Honor of the Virgin Goddess, First signs of Returning Light, Festival of Light.


Attunement Teas



(Individually or Blended)
Chamomile, Red Clover, Rosemary, Blackberry.


Ritual Oils



Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli, Olive.


Goddesses



All Virgin Goddesses, All Flame Goddesses, Anu (Irish), Aradia (Tuscan), Arachne (Greek), Arani (Aryan), Arianhrod (Welsh), Artio (Gaulish), Athena (Greek), Attar (Arabic), Audhumla (Teutonic), Blaize (Breton), Branwen (Manx-Welsh), Brigid/Brid (Irish), Brynhild (Teutonic), Cardea (Roman), Dahud (Breton-Cornish), Februa (Roman), Frimia (Teutonic), Gaia (Greek), Inanna (Sumerian), Kebehut (Egyptian), Laufey (Teutonic), Lucina (Roman-Norse), Selene (Greek), Triduana (Scottish), Vesta (Roman).


Gods



All Dragon-Headed Gods, All Flame Gods, Bannik (Slavic), Braggi (Norse), Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Dianichi (Japanese), Diancecht (Irish), Dumuzi (Sumerian), Essus (Gaulish), Februus (Roman), Pax (Roman), Trusto (Teutonic)


Lore



It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to light every lamp in the house- if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honor of the Sun's rebirth. Alternately, light a kerosene lamp with a red chimney and place this in a prominent part of the home or in a window.

If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment, recalling the warmth of summer. With your projective hand, trace an image of the sun on the snow.


Food



Foods appropriate to eat on this day include those from the dairy, since Imbolc marks the festival of calving. Sour cream dishes are fine. Spicy and full-bodied foods in honor of the sun are equally attuned. Curries and all dishes made with peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, or chives are appropriate. Spiced wines and dished containing raisins- all foods symbolic of the sun- are also traditional.


Recipes




Swedish Waffles
(Serves 4)


1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk or cream
3 Eggs
1/4 cup melted butter (NOT margarine)
11/2 plus cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare and preheat waffle iron. Mix all ingredients until the mixture takes on a slightly fluffy appearance. Pour the batter into a hot waffle iron and bake until done (About 3 minutes). In Sweden it is traditional to use preserves or honey to top the waffles.


Honey Cake


21/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
21/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 heaping teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 Eggs, beaten
11/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 Safflower oil
1 cup raw honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flower a 9x13 baking pan. Combine all ingredients well, pour into the pan, and bake for 45 minutes.
This cake is traditionally served unfrosted, but you can make a frosting with:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
11/4 cups unsweetened orange juice.
Mix together, and drizzle on top of cake.


Information was taken from
Edain McCoy's book "The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways"
and Scott Cunningham's book "Wicca- A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner".
If you are interested in buying these wonderful books, click here.



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