Every year, there are eight festivals, known as sabbats, which are celebrated by pagans. Imbolc is held in February, and it’s meant to serve as a reminder that winter is almost over with spring not far away. It’s also meant to serve as a time for those who practice paganism to go through a spiritual purification while rededicating themselves to their beliefs.
Although Imbolc was originally a Gaelic tradition that served as an introduction to spring in Ireland, pagans have since adopted this significant festival into their culture.
Some people who celebrate Imbolc still pay homage to the Celtic goddess Brigid, who is regarded as a deity of fire and fertility, when celebrating Imbolc. But there are many practicing pagans who have found other rituals to celebrate Imbolc in modern times, both on their own and as part of pagan groups.
Many pagans spend Imbolc creating an Imbolc altar or cleaning the altar they already have set up. They also tend to go through different forms of self-purification during Imbolc. Salt is used to cleanse their bodies, incense to cleanse their thoughts, a candle flame to cleanse their wills, water to cleanse their emotions, and healing crystals to cleanse their spiritual beings.
They also bless candles at the time of Imbolc and use them during other pagan holidays throughout the year, and they invoke Brigid and ask her to provide them with creative inspiration in the year to come. Finally, many practitioners of paganism begin to look around for the signs of the impending spring and reaffirm any spiritual vows they have made.
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