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Festival of Flame

Known more commonly as Imbolc, Imbolic, Oimelc and Lupercus it falls around February 1/2(traditional) or February 4(actual-when Sun is 15deg Aquarius). It's the Festival of Lights-celebrating the return of the Sun. This is also Brighid's Day-celebrating the Triple Goddess Brighid in her maiden aspect. She is Goddess of healing, inspiration, fire, fertility, household and smiths just to name a few. Imbolc also marks midwinter as it has been six weeks since Yule and is six weeks until the Spring Equinox. This is a time for cleaning, purification(home and body), planning our year's garden, blessing and planting seeds indoors (well for most places, the most northern US states and parts of Canada usually have to wait until closer to Ostara before planting seeds). We honor the Goddess in her Maiden aspect. On the eve of Imbolc, one tradition is to put a lighted candle(some traditions use red) in every window to help welcome back the Sun. Now is the time to make candles for the coming year!

Correspondences

Colors: White, Black, Green and Pink; although elemental colors (red, blue, yellow and green) are appropriate as well The golds and yellows of the flame are also appropriate. I picture the color scheme as having the slightest hint of color, a tempting sign of the beautiful colors yet to come as the year progresses.

Gemstones: amethyst, garnet, onyx & turquoise

Herbs: Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Angelica, Violet

Incense: Rosemary, Sage, Frankincense

Imbolc Potpourri

1 cup oakmoss
2 cups dried heather
2 cups wisteria
1 cup yellow tulip petals
1/2 cup basil
1/2 cup chopped bay leaves
45 drops musk or myrrh oil

Mix ingredients in large bowl. Place small portions, about 1 cup, in containers and set around house or ritual area.