Monday, February 01, 2016
Traditionally celebrated on February 1st, although sometimes earlier or later, depending on the onset of lambing season and the blooming of blackthorn.
It is a day for cleaning and purification, visits to holy wells and the lighting of candles to symbolize the return of Spring.
The goddess Brigid is invited into the home-she representing the coming days of light. Meals of traditional foods are set aside for her and occasionally a bed will be made for the Goddess as well.
Like Groundhog day, which comes tomorrow, it is also a day to divine the weather for the coming weeks and whether or not there will be an early Spring.
Legend says, the Cailleach, divine hag, dark opposite to Brigid's light, will make the weather on this day bright and sunny, if she wishes to make Winter last longer.
The nice weather allowing her to gather firewood for the rest of the cold season.
If the weather on Imbolc is foul, it means the Cailleach is asleep and Winter will be over soon.
Judging by the beautiful weather today, we are surely fucked.