Other Religions Paganism and Wicca All About Imbolc Share Flipboard Email Print The Marsden Fire Festival celebrating Imbolc in Huddersfield, England. Bethany Clarke / Getty Images Paganism and Wicca Sabbats and Holidays Basics Rituals and Ceremonies Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated January 04, 2020 By February, most of us are tired of the cold, snowy season. Imbolc reminds us that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go. The sun gets a little brighter, the earth gets a little warmer, and we know that life is quickening within the soil. There are a number of different ways to celebrate this Sabbat, but first, you may want to read up on Imbolc History. Rituals and Ceremonies Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Imbolc. Some people focus on the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects as a deity of fire and fertility. Others aim their rituals more towards the cycles of the season, and agricultural markers. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead. Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar: Wondering what to put on your altar? Here are some great ideas for symbols of the season.Imbolc Candle Ritual: Are you a solo practitioner? Try this simple candle ritual to celebrate the season.Initiation Ceremony for a New Seeker: In many Pagan traditions, this time of year is a season of beginnings, and can be associated with initiations and re-dedications.Imbolc Prayers: If you're looking for prayers or blessings, here's where you'll find a selection of original devotionals that bid farewell to the winter months and honor the goddess Brighid, as well as seasonal blessings for your meals, hearth, and home.Celebrating Imbolc with Kids: Got little Pagans in your life? These are a few fun and simple ways to observe the Sabbat. Imbolc Magic VeraPetruk / Getty Images Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire. It's also a good time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities. Take advantage of these concepts, and plan your workings accordingly. Because of its proximity to Valentine's Day, Imbolc also tends to be a time when people start exploring love magic–if you do, be sure to read up on it first! Imbolc Cleansing Ritual Bath: Take this simple cleansing bath as a ritual by itself, or before you perform another ceremony.Imbolc House Cleansing Ceremony: Get a jump on your spring cleaning by doing a cleanse of your home.Fire Scrying Ritual: Imbolc is a festival of fire, so take advantage of the flames and do some scrying.Lithomancy–Divination by Stones: It may be dark and chilly outside, but there's no reason you can't do some divinatory work.All About Love Magic: Wondering what the deal is with love magic? Here's what you need to know.Love Spell Ethics: Is love magic okay or not? Depends on who you ask. Traditions and Trends Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of February? Find out how Valentine's Day became important, what the Romans were up to, and where the legend of the groundhog began! We'll also look at the many different aspects of Brighid — after all, Imbolc is her feast day — and talk about the very important issue of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which often rears its ugly head around this time of year. Brighid, Hearth Goddess of Ireland: Brighid is the Celtic goddess associated with the Imbolc sabbat.Deities of Imbolc: There are many gods and goddesses around the world that are represented at this time of year.The Roman Parentalia: This ancient Roman festival marked the onset of the spring season.Valentine's Day: Wondering why we celebrate Valentine's? Let's look at some of the magical history behind the holiday.Februalia: A Time of Purification: The Februalia was a time of ritual purification near the end of winter. Crafts and Creations Brighid's cross. Culnacreann / or CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons As Imbolc rolls in, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with a Brighid's Cross or a Corn Doll. Let's look at some simple decorations you can make for your home that celebrate this season of fire and domesticity. Feasting and Food No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Imbolc, celebrate with foods that honor the hearth and home, such as breads, grains, and vegetables stored from fall such as onions and potatoes, as well as dairy items. After all, this is the season of Lupercalia as well, honoring the she-wolf who nursed the twin founders of Rome, in addition to being the time of the spring lambing, so milk is often a focus in Imbolc cooking. Additional Reading For more information on how to celebrate the Imbolc sabbat, be sure to check out some of these titles: Connor, Kerri. Ostara: Rituals, Recipes, & Lore for the Spring Equinox. Llewellyn Publications, 2015.K., Amber, and Arynn K. Azrael. Candlemas: Feast of Flames. Llewellyn, 2002.Leslie, Clare Walker., and Frank Gerace. The Ancient Celtic Festivals and How We Celebrate Them Today. Inner Traditions, 2008.Neal, Carl F. Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigids Day. Llewellyn, 2016.