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IMBOLC is the cross-quarter Wheel of the Year point following Winter Solstice. Also known as Brigid’s day or Candlemas, it marks the starting point of spring. Here you begin to subtly notice that the days are lengthening and, depending on the area you live in, you may actually start to see signs of spring. Here in Georgia where I live, the daffodils consistently open sometime around Imbolc. When they do start the daffodils begin the steady wave of beautiful bloom that lasts through the glorious spring.
For others in colder climates, Imbolc may simply bring the promise of spring as the light of the sun slowly begins to increase. Tune in this year to the subtle shifts you notice in the air and light around and after Imbolc. What does it signal internally for you? What things do you get a renewed urge to do?
Imbolc is the time to call forth the idea seeds that have been germinating in the inner realm and that are now stirring with life, ready to grow during the upcoming cycle. A great opportunity exists during Imbolc to ceremonially create a “treasure map” or a creation journal, a collage of pictures and ideas that represents what you want to manifest in your life this year, a visual reminder of the creations that are ready to sprout, grow, and bear fruit. Or you may want to engage in some other creative project to make use of Imbolc’s powerful creative urges.
Imbolc, means “in the belly” and is associated with ewe’s milk, the lactation that begins for the baby lambs at this time of year. The Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid brings healing, purification, renewal, fertility, and creativity at Imbolc. If she interests you, take a few minutes and Google her to find out more information. She is a wonderful Goddess to work with at this time of year, and she will bring you many gifts and blessings.
Candlemas was the name given to Imbolc as the old ways gave way to the Christian tradition. The ceremonial candles for the year were customarily created at Imbolc.
Use Imbolc’s energy of renewal for spring-cleaning of both home and body, to purify from the darker energy of winter. This point on the Wheel represents a potent time for creativity, invoking a muse, or starting a new project or initiation cycle.
Choose one or perhaps two depending on your available time.
Give thanks to EARTH and ask “How can I bring more of my creative ideas into form?”
Give thanks to WATER and ask “How can I infuse my creations with more feeling?”
Give thanks to AIR and ask “Which of my creative ideas is most effective for me to focus on at this time?”
Give thanks to FIRE and ask “How can I further energize my creativity and my creations?”
Give thanks to SPIRIT and ask “How can I express my essence further in my creativity?”
If you have the Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle you may want to draw cards for additional guidance from each element and/or add insight from other decks.
Now ask the unified field of all of the elements and Spirit for a unified creation message for your creativity.