Imbolc Celebrations

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  • #12956
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
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    Awens to All:

    The Celtic Sabbath of Imbolc is coming up. It is Celebrated on February 1st. It is the Celtic Sabbath Celebrated for being the Time of Year between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and is exactly 3 Months from Halloween/Samhain.

    I am probably doing to do a little Ceremonial Fire at my Community Garden Allotment.

    It is also the time of year that the Tradition of having Hot Crossed Buns.

    What sort of things do you guys usually do?

    Dave TheDruid-3X3

    #12959
    david poole
    Participant

    Something involving Bride dolls and Brigid’s crosses, that is the kind of thing which I have done in the past although this year I don’t know, I doubt that that will be possible or that anyone will be allowed to meet except online. Something with candles might be nice and it would be very easy to make happen.

    #12960
    Linda Lunan
    Participant

    I will be going down to the seashore and if weather permitting watching the Sun rise, do a wee ritual, take photographs and if the Kiosk is open by then have an icecream. 🙂

    Cheers

    Linda
    The Seashore Druid
    http://www.theseashoredruid.com

    #12961
    david poole
    Participant

    That sounds like a lovely idea Linda. A true meeting place of the three realms.

    #12965
    Balaam Camp
    Participant

    Awen to you,

    I’m going to a local sarsen stone that’s been visited since ancient times, will leave an offering and light some candles. Hopefully see the sun rise with the stone.
    The sarsen was moved a few hundred yards just over a hundred years ago. Will take some grasses and earth from the original site along with my offering, I thought that would be a nice gesture. If the grass is long enough at the previous site I may build something out of it.
    Very pleased to have survived this winter so it will be an occasion of gratitude.

    #12968
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
    Participant

    Hey Balaam! Where is your Local Sarsen Stone? Is it near the Quarry where they got the other Sarsens that made up The Stonehenge?

    3X3

    #12971
    Linda Lunan
    Participant

    Yes Dave TheDruid-3X3.

    The Elements: (Water) – the Sea, (Air) – the wind, (Fire) – the Sun, (Earth) – the sand 🙂

    Cheers

    Linda

    The Seashore Druid
    http://www.theseashoredruid.com

    #12973
    Balaam Camp
    Participant

    I’m in Sussex and my local sarsen is made of sandstone and flint so not the same as the stones from Stonehenge. A lot of the sarsens here were built into church walls to help the pagan to Christian conversion but this one survived that fate.
    It has a fairly interesting history but is largely ignored these days. It’s called the Goldstone.

    #12983
    david poole
    Participant

    I have read somewhere that some of the stones which were used to make Stonehenge actually came from a place known as West Woods just outside of Marlborough. I am aware that there is a very large long barrow within these woods but I do not know the date of it, probably Neolithic they often made such constructions. This would tie in with the same time period as Stonehenge.

    #13018
    Balaam Camp
    Participant

    So, I went to my local sarsen and lit some candles. Baked some bread and brought some remaining apple juice I had made from the tree I’m tending to. I also grabbed some grass, berries and small bush flowers from the previous site the stone was at before it was moved just over 100yrs ago. Went at about midnight as I would have missed sunrise. Although I’ve been around old traditions since childhood this is the first time I’d given an offering and libation solo to this stone.
    Definitely felt an internal sense of euphoria almost to the point of being overwhelmed, very very unusual for me as I’m normally just chill. On the walk back I heard birdsong as if it were a bright mid-morning, unheard of for 1am. Feeling very blessed and thankful.
    Hope everyone else enjoyed their imbolc celebrations, blessing to you all.

    #14377
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
    Participant

    Awens to All:

    Time to start thinking of what to do to Celebrate Imbolc.

    I just realized something.

    Imbolc is supposed to be the Celebration of the Time of Year that falls between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

    So I got out a Calculator and divided 365 by 8 and got 45. So if you count the days from Winter Solstice 45 Days, they the date that falls between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox is Feb 5th.

    Therefore, shouldn’t Imbolc be Celebrated on Feb 5th instead of Feb 1st?

    3X3

    #14378
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
    Participant

    The one Significance of this Imbolc is that it was around last year’s Imbolc that I became associated with the BDO.

    This is the 1st Anniversary of my being part of this British Druid Order.

    3X3

    #14379
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
    Participant

    Time has Flown while being a Member of BDO.

    It is actually coming up to my 2nd Year being part of BDO and that was in around Beltane or so.

    3X3

    #14380
    david poole
    Participant

    Congratulations on your anniversary 3 x 3. Regarding 5th February is this the difference between the astrological date and the astronomical date, I know that this has a way of creating two sets of celebrations for every festival

    #14381
    Dave TheDruid-3X3
    Participant

    Actually, based my Calculations, Beltane should be May 4th or 5th, Lughnasadh should be August 4th or 5th and Samhain be November 4th or 5th.

    And November 5th is already Celebrated as ‘Bonfire Night’.

    3X3

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