Imbolc - Candlemas

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Major events in the Celtic year are celebrated by Eight Festivals, four of which record stages of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun; Summer and Winter solstices, when the hours of daylight are at their longest and shortest, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, when hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal. Four Cross-quarter festivals fall half-way between the solar festivals and their celebration marks the start of each season,

Much imagery associated with these festivals is both spiritual and natural as the progress of the seasons reflects the life cycles of those who live on this ancient land.

If you seek them out, Earth spirits may share their joy and magic with you as you celebrate life’s mysteries within the Eight Festivals.

At ‘Imbolc’ or ‘Candlemas, candle flames bring the light of purification after the birth of the New Year. The Celtic Goddess, Brigit, displaying her role as midwife, having brought the year to its new birth. Her symbol is ‘Brigit’s cross’ woven of straw from last year’s harvest, preserving the Life Force until the new spring has arrived.

Under the light of the slender crescent of the new moon, at the coldest time of the year, when all things seem dead, suddenly new life has appeared – snowdrops and hazel catkins – as if by magic.

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