Pagan, Wiccan, Druid Sabbats (Holidays)
Next Sabbat - Imbolc (February 2)
Relative Deities: Brigid, Brid, the Maiden, the Spring Goddess, the Young Lord
Herbs: Angelica, basil, bay leaves, myrrh
Relative Stones: Quartz crystal, opal, moonstone, aventurine, sunstone
Imbolc [im’-bolk] is also known as Candlemas and Groundhog Day. Imbolc means 'in the belly'.This festival is the stirring of Earth for the coming of spring. Another celebratory aspect is the preparation of Brigid’s Bed. It is a basket filled with raffia of Easter grass with decorations of white ribbons and ivy. A corn dolly dressed in a bride dress along with a male symbol represents the first meeting between the Maiden Goddess and the Young Lord (fertility). A common ritual of this is for purification (similar to spring cleaning). Time to rid ourselves of useless items and ill-conceived notions, bad characteristics and a cleansing of the mind and spirit.