Celebrating Imbolc as a Domestic Goddess

Big, fat snowflakes are falling, the cold chill is in my bones, and I feel a longing for the beginning of the warm spring. But there is a time for all seasons, and I do not want to forget the important things that the winter brings us; time for relaxation, contemplation, respite. The winter is a beautiful and quiet time of year, a time to sit in peace and listen to the snowflakes fall.

No matter the innate loveliness of the wintertime, after awhile it gets stagnant, and we long for a return to budding trees and flowering plants, warm breezes and fresh clean slates. It is at this time of year that we all experience that feeling that it is time to sprout forth something new, to cleanse and purge, to start again. Whether it be the yearly “spring cleaning” binge many of us have the urge for, or the gardeners ordering catalogs from every seed company that exists, we all can feel it in our bones, spring is near.

Snowdrops are a symbol of Imbolc, as one of the first flowers to sprout in winter.

This is what Imbolc represents, only the more spiritual task of turning the focus from our physical world longings, to the more spiritual focus onto the earth and season. The earth is doing the same thing as we are, it is beginning to burst with newness. At this time of year, the earth prepares itself to grow and come back to life, to start a new phase. We sense this, and the more in tune we are with this, we can use this energy to guide us on our own journeys.

Imbolc Altar

So I set forth to set up a lovely Imbolc altar, with the symbolic colors of purity; white and yellow. I used these flowers in my pentacle wreath, my Peace Lily flowering plant, and lovely daisy cut flowers. White candles will be lit on Imbolc, and new intentions will be set for both cleaning (physical) and cleansing (spiritual). The Earth’s return to life will be celebrated.

Imbolc Altar

I perform cleansing ceremonies often, but it is particularly important at Imbolc as part of the removal of old energies. Light sage bundles and burn them in and around your home, as well as your car to remove old energies. Cleanse your crystals by placing them in salt water and placing them on a sunny window.

(Source: Beverly Oaks Healing Smudging Kit)

Major house cleaning, purging and organizing is something I (and I think everyone) do every year at Imbolc. If the earth can start with a clean slate, so can we! A kindred spirit of mine works at a houseware retailer, and she said that at this time of year people are buying vacuum cleaners, mops, brooms, carpet shampooers, organizing supplies, and more cleaning supplies like crazy! Yep, it’s Imbolc cleaning frenzy.

A Happy Domestic Goddess

To me major house cleaning includes cleaning out and reorganizing closets and storage bins, cleaning in corners and behind furniture, getting webs down from the ceiling line, etc. And as a person with a dust allergy, I have to be particularly careful to keep my anti-dust mask on and run the air purifiers all day, or else post nasal drip and rashes ensue. I will have my (much loved) neti pot ready…

Last week I began the celebration of Imbolc by buying and planting some new houseplants and creating my Garden Goddess Window. Digging my hands in the dirt was just what I needed, and it is a highly recommended project to do at this time of year!

This is not only the perfect time to plant houseplants and start many of your seeds for your garden, but a perfect time to plant symbolic seeds to spring new thoughts, ideas, goals and plans, so that you will have plans in mind and be ready for the energy boost that comes in the spring and summer. Now is not necessarily the time to “do” all the things, it is the time to imagine them, and thus manifest them, eventually. A great way to do this is to journal your thoughts and ideas by writing, sketching, making a collage of images, and brainstorming. I have a lovely journal that I make notes in for things I know cannot be accomplished right now, but that I want to manifest. If you stay in tune with the energy of the earth, many things may just manifest when the blooms arrive!

Then once the work is done, enjoy a warm tea, relax and take a magical stroll through nature!

Once the work is done, a magical stroll through nature is in order…

Thanks for visiting and Happy Imbolc!

Resources:

Elune Blue: Herbs for Imbolc

Celebrating Imbolc as a Domestic Goddess - livingbewitchingly.com

7 Comments Add yours

  1. hdshaw27 says:

    What a beautiful blog. I am so glad to have found you. I love these ideas. We too are planting and working on our front yard (before the rain comes pouring down and we canโ€™t). I was excited to see my Yucca were already blooming and my Kanagroo Paws never did die down this year. The Lemon tree is full and I have already harvest 100 or more, and have easily that many to go out and get. This makes natural cleaning a breeze! I appreciate everything you have talked about!

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    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the post, I would love to have a Lemon tree some day in my yard to use for natural cleaning. Thats a great idea! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. CarolCooks2 says:

    A beautiful post and I love the snowdrops the first sign of spring which I miss greatly although I don’t miss being warm just the flowers of spring ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you, I like warmth but not heat though ๐Ÿ™‚ Flowers are coming soon!

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  3. Sounds like you are very busy, i’m only now learning about Imbolc. Lovely post that has now got me thinking..

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    1. Thank you! I have been busy and it has paid off with a clean house and lots of new ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you are inspired, hope you have a wonderful Imbolc!

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      1. ha ha cleaning the house for me would be a start.. having the kids keep their rooms tidy would help. Hope you have a wonderful Imbolc too!

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