Symbolism of Imbolc:
Purity, growth and renewal, the reunion of the Goddess and the God, fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.
Symbols of Imbolc:
Brideo'gas, besoms, white flowers, candle wheels, Brighid's crosses, priapic wands (acorn-tipped), and ploughs.
Deities of Imbolc:
All virgin/maiden goddesses, Brighid, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Gaia, and Februa, and gods of love and fertility, Aengus Og, Eros, and Februus, Aphrodite.
Fertility and growth are celebrated at this time. Its a good time for initiations into groups . One tradition calls for the lighting of all lamps or candles in the home just for a few moments to honor the suns return. Persephone returns from the pool re-born.
White, pink, red, yellow, light. green, brown,. orange.
Herbs of Imbolc:
Angelica, ashleaf, balsams, basil, bay, benzoin, blackberry, celandine,
chamomile, coltsfoot, coriander, dragon's blood, sage, garlic
heather, iris, lemon, mastic, myrrh, rose hips,
sunflower, tansey, vervain, violets, wheat, witch hazel.
Incense of Imbolc:
Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Dragon's Blood, Frankincense, Heather, Myrrh, Red Sandalwood, Sage, Wisteria, Vanilla, Violet.
Foods of Imbolc:
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppyseed cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, peppers, onions, garlic, raisins, spiced wines and herbal teas.
Stones of Imbolc:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Citrine, Garnet,
Green Tourmaline, Hematite, Iron, Lodestone, Onyx, Red Zircon,
Rose Quartz, Ruby, Turquoise, Yellow Tourmaline.
Snowflake cut-outs, white and yellow flowers, a crown of thirteen candles, a sprig of evergreen, witches broom or besom, statue of Triple Goddess in Her maiden phase.
It is considered taboo to cut or pick plants during this time.
Signs of Spring:
If Candlemas day be sunny and bright, Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey, Winter soon will pass away.
If Candlemas day be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas day be shower and rain, Winter is gone and will not come again.