Honor the ancient pagan holiday of Imbolc with one of these magical workings.
February 1st is Imbolc: the sabbat (or pagan holiday) that heralds the earliest stirrings of spring.
This is a time sacred to the ancient Celtic goddess Brigid, a widely beloved divinity who is a matron of many things, including poetry, divination, inspiration, pregnancy, childbirth, and healing.
Imbolc is a time of going within, blessing our homes, healing ourselves, spending time in the shadows, and connecting with our deep inner hearts. Imagine wildflower seeds under the snow reveling in their solitary aliveness before it’s time to burst forth and rise up into the light.
Here are 5 types of magic that go perfectly with Imbolc.
1. Protection Magic
The Brigid’s cross (pictured) is a traditional Imbolc craft, often woven from rushes or reeds. When you make or obtain one and invoke the goddess Brigid to bless it with her fiery light, you will be in possession of a powerful protection talisman. Place it on your front door to keep your home safe from negativity of all varieties. (But still lock your doors!)
2. Purification Magic
Imbolc, like the goddess Brigid herself, is associated with sacred wells of pristine water that purify and bless. Imbolc is also associated with bright, inspiring fire. Both fire and water assist us with purification magic. So take a dunk in a clean, moving body of water (if it’s not too cold), add sea salt to your bath water and soak, or stand near a bonfire or hearth fire and mentally send old, stuck energy from your aura into the flames.
3. Healing Magic
Any sort of healing intention – whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional – can be magically supported on Imbolc. Try calling on Brigid to bless a cup of peppermint tea with her healing light. Then drink it or serve it to a loved one.
Or, make one of these 6 Magic Charms for Physical Healing.
4. Shadow Work
Part of going within during Imbolc means looking honestly at the parts of ourselves we often keep in the shadows. What old patterns are you ready to let go of? What old wounds are you ready to heal? How are you ready to evolve?
Maybe do some journaling work and then do a transmutation ritual such as this Instant Energy Transformation & Positive Energy Transfusion.
Imbolc is a sabbat of illumination: a time of gaining clarity and fueling positive new patterns in the sunshiny seasons ahead. So on Imbolc, light a candle, call on Brigid (or another divinity of your choice), and pull out your runes, crystal ball, tarot deck, I ching, pendulum, or oracle cards. Ask a question, being sure to phrase it in an empowering way. For example, “What will it be most helpful for me to know about [a situation or goal]?” or “How can I best approach [a situation]?” Then do your reading and take some time to look deeply at what you discover.
Or, try this Imbolc Divination Ritual.
Whatever Imbolc activity you choose, remember: you are magical.
Now go forth and shine that magical light.
…Did you try any of these Imbolc ideas? What did you think? How did it go? Please share in the comments.