Imbolc and Candlemas
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Imbolc and Candlemas Celebration
Found in France, at the end of the 19th century, The Coligny-Calendar is a compilation of pre-Christian Celtic systems of timekeeping, including the Gaulish Coligny calendar, used by Celtic countries to define the beginning and length of the day, the week, the month, the seasons, quarter days, and festivals. The Gaulish Coligny calendar is possibly the oldest Celtic solar/lunar ritual calendar. Evidence has shown that it was made under the auspices of the Druids, as it shows the Druidical belief in lucky and unlucky days. Each month is divided into a good half (marked "MAT" or auspicious) and a bad half (marked :ANM" inauspicious).
The year was divided into a light half and a dark half. As the day was seen as beginning after sunset, so the year was seen as beginning with the arrival of the darkness, at Samhain. The arrival of the light half of the year started at Beltane. This observance of festivals beginning the evening before the festival day is still seen in the celebrations and folkloric practices among the Gaels, the Irish and the Scots.
The Wheel Of The Year: or four seasons are known as Solar Festivals, the cross quarter days are marked by Fire Festivals, together they form The Wheel of the Year. These holidays are celebrated from sundown on the date of the holiday through sundown the next day.
An Irish Gaelic word, Imbolc pronounced im-molk, literally means "in milk" or "in the belly". It is a time for honoring creativity, fertility and receptive, feminine energy. It occurs when daylight begins to lengthen as we approach the Spring Equinox. It is apart of the Wheel of Life where ancient connections mix Irish spirituality with Celtic pagan traditions and Christianity. It is also a time we celebrate love and patience. Celebrated all over the world in different cultures including Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonni), Imbolic (Celtic), Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus (Strega), St. Bridget's Day (Christian), Candlemas, Candlelaria (Mexican), the Snowdrop Festival, The Festival of Lights or the Feast of the Virgin.
When: February 1st or 2ndSeason: Cross Quarter : (Mid-way point between Winter and Spring)Represents: Festival of the Maiden, St. Brigid's Day, Candlemas, Groundhog's Day, Weather DivinationVirtues: Fertility, PatienceSymbols: Candle, Ewe Lamb, Crocus Flowers, Corn Doll, Brigid's Cross, Priapic (acorn-tipped) Wands, Bride's (baskets) Beds, SeedsGemstone: Amethyst, Aventurine, Fire Agate, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Snow White QuartzColor: Red, Green, White, Yellow, BrownEssential Oils: Basil, Cedar, Geranium, Myrrh, Pine, Rose, Rosemary VetiverRemedies: Angelica, Basil, Dandelion Root, Dill Weed, Rosemary, White Willow Bark, Yellow DockFlowers: Ancyrensis, Chrysanthus, Crocus, Sieberi, Tommasinianus, YaltaElement: WaterDirection: NortheastLife Event: QuickeningLunar: Ice Moon or Full Snow Moon
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