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Imbolc, Oimelc
Candlemas
February 2


Traditions at Imbolc
Is a fire festival celebrating the Goddess of fertility and her consort the Great Horned God, it was also celebrated as the feast of Pan.

Some have a tradition at Imbolc to light every lamp in the home at or around sunset on Imbolc, for a few minutes. Others light a candle in each room, this is to honour the suns rebirth.

It is a time to feel winter but remember the warmth of the sun, walk outside sky-clad or as near as possible and draw in the coldness for a minute or two then visualise and remember the warmth of the sun.

Rites for Imbolc
Where possible there should be a north facing Alter before the alter place a besom, On top of the alter, centrally place a crown or circle of 13 Red and Brown candles. On either side of the crown place a brown and pink candle, Burn wisteria or other appropriate incense.

A seasonal symbol such as snow flake picture or a freshly picked flower is placed on the alter inside the crown. Water melted from any seasonal snow could be used to cast the circle, (melted water from a freezer is not an appropriate substitute) though a specially prepared ice cube melting or Ice from a pond is.

Feast at Imbolc
Lamb or Beef are traditionally consumed at a feast, dairy products of any kind, spicy foods in honour of the sun such as a curry, onions, peppers, garlic, leeks and shallots. Full bodied and spicy wines.

Correspondence for Imbolc

Herbs
Asafoetida, Banana, Basil, Beetroot, Cactus, Camomile, Caper, Caraway, Catnip, Chilli pepper, Cinchona, Cinnamon, Clove, Copal, Coriander, Crocus, Cumin, Dittany of Crete, Elderflower, Fennel, Fern, Foxglove, Frankincense, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Grass, Ground Ivy, Heather, Hemp, Horse Radish, Hyacinth, Irish Moss, Ivy, Lavender, Lilac, Marjoram, Mint, Myrrh, Parsley, Pepper, Pomegranate, Rice, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Sesame, Shallot, Wisteria, Wormwood.


Oils
Basil, Bay, Camomile, Catnip, Cinnamon, Clove, Copal, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lilac, Mint, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood.

Trees
Acacia, Bay, Eucalyptus, Hazel, Hops, Lemon, Oak, Orange, Pine, Sandalwood, Witch Hazel, Yucca.

Stones
Amber, Bloodstone, Bornite, Coal, Fluorite, Fossil, Geodes, Herkimer, Pipestone, Quartz, Quartz-Rose, Rhodocrosite, Rhodonite, Salt, Staurolite, Sulphur, Tiger's Eye, Zeolite.

Metals
Antimony, Copper, Gold, Lead, Mercury, Meteorite, Silver, Steel, Tin.

Associated Colours
Brown, Pink, Red.

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