Imbolc In My House
January 9, 2012 in Family Crafting
As many of us know most of our Pagan Sabbats are modern interpretation of ancient Pagan traditions. And that Christianity co-opted most of these holidays for their own. So celebrating many of the Sabbats come easy to us, especially if we come from a Christian background. Imbolc is one of the exceptions, and as such I have always have found this Sabbat hard to celebrate. But with the decision to raise my daughter Pagan, I had to figure it out pretty quick. So here is how we celebrate Imbolc in our household.
Imbolc is known as the return of the light, because the days are getting longer even if they are getting colder. At least in some places they are. The Sun King is on his quest to find the cure for the sleeping Maiden (the Earth Goddess slumbering beneath the cloak of Winter) and we are in a waiting period between Yule and Ostara. So with this in mind we decorate our house with the few flowers that can bloom at this point in the year, Daffodils, Daisies and Snowdrops.
We make corn dollies to represent the Goddess through the year. These we bury at Mabon to symbolize her journey into the Underworld. We also are planning this year for the first time to make sand candles from the scraps of candles left over from the year before.
But our plans for this Sabbat is just that, making plans. Like in our garden it is to early to plant anything but not to early to plan our plants and to till the soil, preparing for the coming Spring. The same can be said for our life, any goals we have usually take planning and preparation. This is the time to do this.
Hope you all have a great month and a blessed Imbolc and check back later for how our Imbolc went.