Candlemas: The Feast of Light and Purification

February 2nd is often linked to the holy day, called: Candlemas or Imbolg. It marks the coming of spring, the returning of life to the earth, and the promise that winter will be over soon. It reminds us of the … Continue reading

Imbolc

Today is the ancient feast of Imbolc, which celebrates the coming of spring, and the return of light to the world as winter begins to pass. St. Brigid is the patron of this holiday, and she is said to bless the poor, and send healing and protection to families as well as their livestock.

There are many traditions that surround this holiday. Some people make a cornhusk dolly that represents Brigid to carry from house to house in a bed of white flowers to bless those within. The cross of Brigid is another tradition, often made from wheat straw, and used a symbol of protection.

Use the energy of the day as a way to clear away negativity in your life, and ask for the blessing of St. Brigid to surround you for the coming year. Light a white candle to St. Brigid. Tell her all your worries and concerns. Then express your gratitude for the things in your life, and tell her your goals for the year. Ask for her blessing. Let the candle burn out.

Bless your home by drawing Brigid’s cross on a piece of fresh paper and hang it near the entrance to your home. Or hang one in each room
Buy a bouquet of fresh white flowers and place in each room of the house, or in the entrance of your home as a way to absorb negativity, and attractive positive energy. 

Happy Imbolc,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 2014