This is the great moment in the Wheel of the Year when we welcome the first stirrings of Spring. Though snow may still blanket the ground in many places, and storms are sure to continue, the light is growing stronger every day, and new signs of the return of life appear.
The word “Imbolc” (usually pronounced “IM-bolk” or “EE-molg”) is from the Gaelic word for ewe’s milk, for this is the time when the first lambs are born. Also celebrated as Candlemas, Oimelc and Brighid, this Fire Festival and greater Sabbat is a time of dedication, purification, and the making or renewing of spiritual vows.
At this time, Pagans and Witches with Celtic roots honor Brighid, Triple Goddess of healing, poetry, and the forge of transformation.