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Imbolc activities

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Imbolc
Imbolc, or the Mid Winter Festival of Lights, begins February 1. It’s beginning to stay light a bit longer and we are now halfway between Winter and Spring. There are several ways to celebrate this Sabbat. Also, refer to my earlier article, Imbolc, festival of lights for more craft, decoration, and meal ideas (including the most awesome Hungarian Goulash and my fave oatmeal yogurt). Another article, Easy Vegan dinner for Imbolc, includes recipes and photos.

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It’s not too cold to connect with nature

We can always connect with nature, even if it local parks and beaches are closed due to snow and ice. Alternatives are to visit a natural history museum, planetarium or zoo. Put suet blocks in a feeder and count the birds and type of birds in your yard. FYI the next Audubon backyard bird count is February 12-15, but why not become familiar with your birdy visitors now. If there’s just too much snow or you have no ambition, you could lay on the couch and watch Cowspiracy on Netflix. Although I personally cannot bring myself to watch it, they are urging people to get involved and take a 30 day Vegan challenge. I have done that and it was not difficult at all. Try my vegan dinner, referred to above. And if you have watched Cowspiracy, please comment below.

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As it’s been very cold here and I wasn’t feeling my usual 1 hour park walk, I went to Hicks, a large local nursery on Long Island, established in 1853. It was a good time to go, because all flowering plants are 30% off. I bought a white cyclamen, pictured above. They flower all winter and seem easy enough to take care of – we’ll see..

Amethyst ("GuerreroAméthyste" by Didier Descouens - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GuerreroAm%C3%A9thyste.jpg#/media/File:GuerreroAm%C3%A9thyste.jpg)
Amethyst (“GuerreroAméthyste” by Didier Descouens – CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wiki Commons)

Imbolc correspondences

For those who like correspondences – and I include myself here, below are a few for Imbolc. Use them in your decorations and rituals.

Zodiac: Aquarius (yay, me)
Solar System: Moon
Colors: White, green
Element: Fire (candles)
Trees: Cedar, Rowan, Sycamore
Plants: Grain, Reed
Herbs: Basil, Blackberry
Gems and Minerals: Amethyst, Turquoise

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Animals: Deer, sheep, groundhog (don’t forget Feb. 2 – Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? Will Jimmy the groundhog bite the mayor again?)
Birds: Robin
Mythical: Dragon

Goddess (pick one to connect with and learn more about):

Brigid: Goddess of healing, fertility and poetry; fire element; #19; blue; dress your altar with: Empress tarot

Arianrhod: Moon goddess; air element; #9; silver; altar: moonstone

Athena: Goddess of wisdom, war, crafts, and protector; air element; #6&7; yellow; altar: sphinx

"The Imbolc Ritual Altar" by Rebecca Radcliff - originally posted to Flickr as The Imbolc Ritual Altar. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Imbolc_Ritual_Altar.jpg#/media/File:The_Imbolc_Ritual_Altar.jpg
(“The Imbolc Ritual Altar” by Rebecca Radcliff – originally posted to Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wiki Commons)

Intentions

Activate/awaken, animals, banish, beginnings, divination, fertility, healing, hope, illumination, inspiration, light, pregnancy/childbirth, prophecy, prosperity, purification, transformation, well-being, youth.

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