Imbolc (Leanne Daharja Veitch)
- Editor: Leanne Daharja Veitch (submitted 2011-03-21). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 60 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: First release of movement 4, "Imbolc" from "Wheel of the Year" as a separate work.
Composer: Leanne Daharja Veitch
(or Keyboard substitute)
First published: 2004
Description: First release of movement 4, "Imbolc" from "Wheel of the Year" as a separate work.
What is Imbolc?
Imbolc is the celebration of the imminent arrival of Spring. Imbolc is associated and also known as the festivals of Candlemas (British), Imbolic (Irish), Brigantia (Scottish) and Lupercus (Italian/Latin). It falls on August 2nd in the Southern hemisphere, and February 2nd in the Northern hemisphere.
White and green candles are lit, homes decorated once again with garlands and fresh native flowers, and thanks is given that warmth is returning to the earth. Imbolc is a celebration of all that is fresh, new and young, and is also a celebration of the the divine feminine as Virgin. It is a particularly feminine festival, sacred to women.
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. Some families at this time 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.