Imbolc is on Monday, February 1. Our ceremony and celebration take place on the prior Sunday, January 31.
This ceremony will kick off our celebration of the Spring season, including setting the theme for the next few gatherings. Here is the agenda for our ceremony:
- Greeting and centering
- Full Imbolc ritual
- Eisteddfod (tied to the season and/or discussion topic)
- Feast (along with discussion)
- Topic discussion (see below)
We will begin promptly at 4:00 PM, so to make sure all attendees arrive with ample time, feel free to come as early as 3:00 PM.
The feast is potluck style; coordinate with the organizer (Josh). Please make sure to let us know if there are dietary restrictions. While we socialize and feast after the ritual and eisteddfod, we will engage in our topic discussion. The topic for Imbolc is as follows:
Imbolc is the traditional beginning of Spring, and rightly so. The sun’s influence is growing, the days are already a bit longer than they were in Winter, and the ground begins to thaw. It is a slow process, but even Spring snow is noticeably different than Winter snow. Imbolc celebrates Brighid, as well. The hearth, fertility, creativity, poetry, and crafts (especially metalwork) are all important aspects at this time. Imbolc, therefore, is a time of new beginnings, new life, and renewing the home. What has been slowly stirring in you in the past few weeks, now nearly ready to come out into the light? What has been slowly coming nearer to the surface in late Winter, and what creative influence can you dedicate yourself to on Imbolc for the rising Spring?