Many Imbolc blessings to all for those who live in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the time of the returning of light and the first signs of spring.
Imbolc celebrates the banishing of winter, and the stirring of new life in the earth. The word imbolc literally means “ewe’s milk” in Old English, and the festival heralds the first of the spring lambs.
At Imbolc, the newborn Sun God is depicted as a small child nursing from his mother. At this time, some Wiccan traditions initiate new members into the Craft and into their covens. Other traditions at this time are to light all the lights in the home for a few minutes in honour of the sun’s rebirth, and to recognise and work with new ideas, and new beginnings, within ourselves.
The colours of Imbolc are white and lavender, and the flowers associated with this festival are the violet and lavender
And for those in the Northern Hemisphere many blessings upon Lammas.
Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centered around this.
It’s a time for bread-making and corn-dollies. Goddesses celebrated around this time include Demeter and Ceres. Trees associated with lammas are Hazel and Gorse and herbs are Sage and Meadowsweet. Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.
Lammas is traditionally first harvest. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yielding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits along with apple and pear trees. In this day and age when food is mass produced and imported so we get fruits and veg and corn no matter what time of year it is, it is easy to lose touch with the natural cycle of things.