Imbolc – also known as Brigid’s Day – is a time to awaken from our months of introspection and celebrate the re-emergence of Spring!
Winter might feel like a downer for modern people, but the biting cold and nip of wind felt today cannot be compared to the dangers our ancestors used to face. Not so long ago, you could not call 911 for help if someone got very sick or injured and there was no maintenance or fire brigade if your hearth flames got out of control or heavy snows caused your thatch roof to collapse. Let’s not forget, there was no dependable source of electricity, and if you did not stock up on enough food from harvests during the year, you could be in for quite big trouble.
Is it any wonder that for generations many cultures celebrated the first signs of thaw?
On the Celtic Wheel of the Year, Imbolc represents the beginning of spring and the promise of warmth’s return. Symbolized by the birth of lambs and the blossom of daffodil flowers, Imbolc is stylized here with the parting of winter’s icy grasp by the rearing horn of a unicorn – a symbol of magical power, healing, and purity. A mane of daffodil blossoms flow from its emblazoned horn.