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A Happy Sabbat To You!

By February 1, 2014

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For our Northern Hemisphere readers, Imbolc is a reminder that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go. The sun gets a little brighter, the earth gets a little warmer, and we know that life is quickening within the soil. Among some early agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term "ewe's milk" as "Oimelc"). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.

In some traditions, this is the festival of Brighid, the Irish hearth goddess. She is the protector of home and family, the patron of healers and bards, and is associated with creativity and inspiration.

If you're one of our readers below the Equator, this is the season of Lammas, the grain harvest, and you're celebrating the bounty of the fields and orchards this time of year: All About Lammas

Whichever one you're observing, may you and yours have a bountiful and blessed Sabbat!
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February 2, 2010 at 11:07 am
(1) Naturally Pagan says:

Thank you for your beautiful insights all year long. Blessed Imbolc to you and yours as well. BB and Hugs.

September 2, 2011 at 12:48 am
(2) Zyah says:

No complntais on this end, simply a good piece.

February 2, 2010 at 11:08 am
(3) Rachel says:

And a happy Imbolc to you as well!

February 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(4) Ron says:

Haha, I can assure you that we in New Zealand are suffering through winter just as much as the northern hemisphere

February 3, 2010 at 12:56 am
(5) kaia says:

Happy Imbolc…finished with ritual and supposed to go to bed…12:00, but just so energized…
Spring is coming!
Blessed Be

February 3, 2010 at 10:41 am
(6) Titania RS says:

Happy belated blessed Imbolc to you as well! As for those in the southerly regions, happy blessed Lammas to you!

February 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(7) Marianne Rose says:

A blessed Imbolc to you all! )O( :)

February 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(8) Robin says:

Happy Imbolc to everyone and greeting to a sisters and brothers in the Southern Hemisphere…Love & Blessings!

February 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm
(9) Hannah says:

Happy Imbolc, everyone! I don’t know how many people here are Doctor Who fans, but I thought I’d share a little connection I made. I remember reading somewhere that all dairy foods (including custard) are traditional for this holiday, and that–due to the scarcity of meat this time of year–fish was also culturally relevant. With that connection in mind I decided to add the Doctor to my Imbolc celebration, so tomorrow night my sister and I will be eating fish fingers and custard. I hope others have fun with this!

February 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(10) Imbolc Lover says:

Blessed Imbolc to you all!!!

February 1, 2014 at 9:26 am
(11) Tekla says:

Brightful Imbolc to all from Italy

February 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm
(12) Marduk says:

Keep prefer the real traditions and cease to be mixed with Christian gnozí.Sabbath is a Jewish holiday, later Christians directed against pagans. Modern paganism and witchcraft is laughable!


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