Imbolc is an ancient festival celebrated at the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is a time of transition and change. It marks the moment when hope is restored that the winter will not last forever. The sun is strengthening every day in the sky, and the days are becoming longer. On this day we celebrate that even the coldest parts of life are only temporary.
On Imbolc the ancients lit sacred bonfires. These were symbolic of the Sun’s rays returning to the Earth, bringing life and light. This too is a time linked to spiritual healing, as the wasteland of the winter is soon to be renewed with new life and vigour.
On the day of Imbolc we celebrate the promised return of the spring. It is not here yet, but it is on its way. And we know that sooner or later, the grass will grow, the flowers will rise, and the leaves will reach towards the light.
So take some time on this wonderful day to contemplate the changing times. Do a little spring cleaning, light a sacred bonfire, and celebrate how this seemingly lifeless world can once again make new life.