Imbolc: What It Is & It's Symbols

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Imbolc, in the Celtic seasonal calendar signals the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring.

It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings, This can be done ins numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle.

There are many symbols of Imbolc, but the following three are the most prominent.

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The Swan
The Swan mates for life and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

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The Serpent
In Celtic mythology, a hibernating serpent was awoken and emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally, serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration - the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

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Green
The colour green signifies the fresh burst of life that appears at Spring. It symbolises nature and the natural world. It is thought to represent tranquility, good luck and health.