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!