Simple Imbolc Celebrating

Ah, Imbolc, one of the lesser known sabbats (witch holidays) is upon us. I was going to write a lengthy and (hopefully) informative post on the history of Imbolc, but instead I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Imolc, also known as Candlemas, marks the halfway point in winter. Meaning, that we’re halfway to spring! Halfway to to light and the warmth returning. Halfway to blooming flowers and hatching eggs. Did you know that Druids called this day the festival of the lactating sheep? Yep, true story. Reason being that by now most of the herd animals had already given birth, and the mother’s milk was flowing. If you want more history, I’ve written a piece for Witch Way Magazine this month all about it.

As with most sabbats, my celebrating looks a lot like…housework. Call it the Kitchen Witch’s catch 22. Sure, we all clean our homes all the time, but it’s not really about that. It’s about the intention. So let’s look at a few ways to honor the day, shall we?

 Why not go buy yourself a fancy handmade new besom? After all even sweeping is better with something fancy! Tie a few sprigs of rosemary in there for an extra magical punch to your cleaning.

Why not go buy yourself a fancy handmade new besom (or make one if you’re feeling crafty)? After all, even sweeping is better with something fancy! Tie a few sprigs of rosemary in there for an extra magical punch to your cleaning.

An easy way to incorporate Imolc into your domestic witchery is to simply add a few drops of essential oils into your bucket. Basil, Cinnamon, cloves, rosemary and vanilla are all associated with Imbolc. Bonus~your house will smell amaaaaaazing!

An easy way to incorporate Imbolc into your domestic witchery is to simply add a few drops of essential oils into your bucket. Basil, Cinnamon, cloves, rosemary and vanilla are all associated with Imbolc. Bonus~your house will smell amaaaaaazing!

What more perfect day for candle making could there be? Again, add in those oils and herbs associated with the day for an extra magical punch.

What more perfect day for candle making could there be? Again, add in those oils and herbs associated with the day for an extra potency.

Both dairy and bread are linked to Imbolc, too. So why not whip up some fresh, homemade goodies for dinner? You'd be amazed how simple they can both be to make. Here's a link to a butter how-to, and a link to my favorite simple bread recipe.

Both dairy and bread are linked to Imbolc, too. So why not whip up some fresh, homemade goodies for dinner? You’d be amazed how simple they can both be to make. Here’s a link to a butter how-to, and a link to my favorite simple bread recipe.

And of course, burn all the candles, witches!

And of course, burn all the candles, witches! I like to burn a few in the kitchen while I’m cooking, in honor of all the witches before me.

So there we have it; a simple celebration plan for Imbolc. How do you celebrate? We’d love to hear about your traditions!

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