As the Wheel of the Year turns, the beginning of August marks the fragile return of life after the long winter’s sleep as the first tendrils cautiously making their appearance. There is the likelihood of frosts, but despite this, early flowers are pushing their way to the surface – snowdrops, dwarf hyacinths, jonquils, early irises and even daffodils are appearing, making the statement that spring is on its way. A fragile warming of the air can be felt as winter, usually the season of rest and withdrawal, comes to an end. This is the time of uncertainty. A sudden frost can kill the new plants and flowers, if they appear too early. They also run the risk of developing rot with the last of the winter rains.
Within contemporary witchcraft this fragile return is Imbolc (pronounced “IM-bulk”), from the Irish Gaelic meaning “in the belly” (of the mother). The Scots also had their own word for this sabbat, that being Oimelc (pronounced EE-mulk) for “ewe’s milk”, for it was commonly lambing season.
The sabbat represents the quickening of light and life as around first stirrings of spring begin to appear. In the Northern Hemisphere Imbolc occurs around 1 February, the sacred day of the Celtic Goddess Bride (pronounced “Breed”) or Brigid. At her shrine, the ancient Irish capital of Kildare, a perpetual flame was burnt. When she was Christianized into St Brigid, Kildare remained a sacred centre. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Imbolc takes place around 31 July or 1 August, marking the return of the Maiden Goddess.
The Temple of the Dark Moon will be holding a special Observing Imbolc rite to welcome back the Maiden Goddess. Held on Saturday, 31 July, you are invited to join us as we celebrate the Awakening of Spirit.
Date: Saturday, 31 July 2021
Investment: $10.00 (plus Eventbrite fees)
Venue: TDM covenstead, Parafield Gardens
Bookings are essential as there are strictly limited places available. Book your placed through Eventbrite.