Imbolc (Candlemass, Imbolg, Imbole) – 1st/2nd of February.
This holiday is also known as Candlemass, or Brigid’s Day. One of the 4 Celtic Fire Festivals of the 8 Sabbats in the wheel. It commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden, and the beginning of spring, the quickening of the year. At this time pagans in the northern hemisphere honour the lengthening of the days by cleansing away the long winter in various ways, from spring cleaning the home to visiting the holy wells. A time for cleansing bodies and spirits. The lighting of many candles and large bonfire celebrates the strengthening sun god and honours the maiden goddess, who represents the hope for fertility and bounty in the following growing season.
White swan, cow
Maiden Goddess: Brigit, Bridie, Blodeuwedd
Sun God: Bel, Belenos
Welcome dear Brigid
Blessed is the goddess of the sacred flame