Ceremony at Imbolc

Imbolc is a festival of the ‘hearth and home’, and is a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring.  It is a turning point, a festival of the beginning of the great things that will come, as they move from the quiet, dark of winter into the light of day. 

Celebrated on February 1st, Imbolc is an ancient festival, recognized as one of the four great festivals in the Celtic calendar, alongside the Beltane (May 1), Lughnasadh (August 1) and Samhain (November 1).  Resting between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, it marks the beginning of Spring. 

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Going Within at the Winter Solstice

Going Within at the Winter Solstice

In the traditional teachings of the Celtic people, the solar calendar was of great importance.  The Spring and Autumn Equinoxes were times of rebirth and release and the Summer Solstice was a great celebration of radiance and outdoor playfulness, a time to connect with the light at it’s fullest.  The winter Solstice, the polar opposite of that, was one of the most holy times of year, a time of reflection and repose.