Imbolc is a gaelic traditional festival, originally pagan, marking the end of the winter and the beginning of new life (the spring) and it is held on February 1st or 2nd, between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. We like to take on both days, which this year is part of the weekend (yeay!) Later on, it was taken by the Christians as the feast of Saint Brigid.
Imbolc is a time of new beginnings and purification, full of rituals to honor these and celebrate the end of the winter. These rituals are great to satisfy your inner Goddess and feel your relation to nature, we welcome you to try some of them out. Because this is also about beginnings and purification, some rituals are great to start anew. This is a great time to start afresh your life, your career, your personal situation. If you are trying to conceive, we recommend a cleansing ritual and mark the beginning of a year with chances of getting pregnant.
Cleansing bath for body and soul
Light a few candles (if possible, 7 red small candles are ideal), fill your tub with warm water and a few herbs like chamomille, sage, cinnamon, lavender, lemon balm, sandalwood, hyssop, rosemary, sweetgrass and peppermint.
Try not to think, inhale the scent of the herbs and feel the warm water on your skin. Imagine negative energy and everything toxic going out of your body and feel your body, spirit and mind rejuvenating.
When you feel ready, get out of the tub and see all the negativity and toxicity going away through the drain.
If you do not have a bath tub, hang a bag full of herbs under the shower head and perform this ritual as a cleansing shower ritual.
Light your candles (as mentioned above, 7 red candles usually are part of the ritual, but anything will do). Imagine yourself going from winter to spring on a path through a forest. First, you will be walking on snow, with trees covered in snow. Your path slowly starts to get color, until by the end of the meditation, you encounter small buds of new flowers coming to life.
Then meditate on your nee beginning. If you have done the cleansing bath, meditate on everything you want to be included in this new beginning. If you have not performed the cleansing bath, meditate first on everything you would like to be gone in this new beginning, visualize it going away and then see what you want to have, do or achieve.
Imbolc is the perfect time to perform a house cleanse and it is also fun to do it with friends. Pick the warmest day this weekend and select 4 hours to do a house cleansing ritual. Plan ahead what you will be doing and how. Are you going to go through your closet and throw away what you won’t be needing? Do you want to clean all the cupboards of the kitchen? Re-arrange a room and clean it to the last corner? Prepare truffles or custard as a snack for when you are finished.
To celebrate the end of your Imbolc rituals, you can prepare an imbolc meal. Ingredients symbolic of this time are: seeds, raisins, bread, potatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic, spiced wine, honey, egg yolks and poultry or lamb if you eat meat. Dairy products are also very typical of Imbolc, although if you want to eat dairy, we recommend avoiding cow milk and choose anything from goat or sheep milk.
Feel like trying some of them out? We will be doing all of them!
If you like, you can share your Imbolc rituals with the rest of the Miss Withania community on Instagram with the hashtags #MyImbolcRitual and #MissWithaniaImbolcRitual
Enjoy and happy new beginning!