The Imbolc List : Themes and Correspondences

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Below is a quick list of themes and correspondences I found while researching and preparing for Imbolc tomorrow:

Meaning:  Imbolc” in the belly” as in the pregnancy or milk of ewes.

Names and Similar Holidays: Imbolc, Candlemas, Valentine’s day, Tibetan Chinese New year, Festival of lights,The Feast of Nut,Groundhog day,  and (Saint) Brighid’s Day.

Myths/ History/Associations: lactating ewes and lambing seasons, onset of spring,The Goddess recently gives birth, Sun King begins his return,  Sun King is playful young boy and Earth is ready to be fertilized.

God/Goddess, Spirits and important figures: Bridget,  Love Gods, Fertility Gods,Sun  King, Maiden/Virgin Goddess aspects and  Higher self.

Themes: purification, inspiration, fertility, luck, prosperity, children, baby animals, coming out of the dark, renewal, love, new beginnings

Flowers: white flowers, violets, mistletoe, bay springs,and evergreen branches.

Trees: Willow and Evergreens

Animals: groundhog, sheep, lamb and all burrowing animals.

Activities: Brighid dolls and crosses, weather divination ( such as Groundhog Day), work with Higher Self, spells for the well being of animals, rituals for luck or prosperity, candle lightening,  making fires, meditation walk in snow,dream work, creative projects, poetry, spring cleaning, and purification work.

Colors: white, pink, green, yellow and red

Foods: dairy, breads, seeds, spicy food.

Herbs, Incense, Oil or Teas: musk, cinnamon,rosemary, frankincense, sage, chamomile,and rosehip

Tarot Cards: aces, Star, High Priestess, Temperance, Queen of Wands or use your best judgement.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_History.htm

Wicca: A Guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham, page 130-131

Wicca for Life: The way of the craft from Birth to Summerland by Raymond Buckland, page 242-245

Tarot for all seasons By Christine Jette , page 69

http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm

http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=6&chapter=30&zenid=32af94ed3b683cab16802e85bdcf1e69

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