Imbolg brings the promise of renewal and hidden potential with signs of the earth awakening and life force stirring around us. Our post winter mindset reflects that of nature as we are slowly emerging out of hibernation and the seeds of creativity are beginning to rumble in our minds and bellies!
Adding ritual to these times and to all seasonal shifts gives us time to reflect, examine and appreciate the interdependence of life. We believe rituals can be open ended and flexible and shaped by your context into something that is uniquely yours.
With this in mind we'd love to give you some suggestions and a gentle nudge to create your own meaningful ritual to mark this important point of the year, half between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Some lovely rituals for you to try at home and outdoors:
Imbolg is known as a time of cleansing and purification. Take a ritual purifying bath with some fresh cleansing herbs hanging over the faucet. Herbs associated with cleansing and purification include: Sage, Lemon balm, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint. Use it as a time to let go of negative energy and any of Winters limiting thoughts and prepare your mind and body for the season of possibility ahead.
Get cozy at home and light some white candles, or even light a fire, as a symbol of the returning light.
Plan an outdoor adventure and forage for spring clippings to decorate your home. Look for snowdrops, buds and catkins and delight in what is to come. We love to create a little Imblog altar with our foraged finds!
Bake with seeds and intention! Seeds are magical - pure potential! Seeds are full of possibilities. Sprinkle some seeds in your baking over the next few days and feed yourself and those around you with metaphorical and physical nourishment to get the creative juices flowing!
' Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring...Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend'