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:: Imbolc Altar Decoration Wheat Bundle
Imbolc Altar Decoration Wheat Bundle
Imbolc Altar Decoration Wheat Bundle ( Please allow for variation these are handmade )
This beautiful wheat stack is adorn with red satin & white organza ribbon, white flowers with a bronze Triquetra. Approx 18" tall
the Triquetra is an ancient Celtic symbol, the triquetra is considered one of the oldest; dating back to as early as 500 BC when it was used to symbolize the triple goddess (maiden-mother-crone). Over the centuries it has become the symbol for the Holy Trinity among Christians in Ireland. The symbol is often used to represent the 3 fundamental elements - air, water and earth or the infinite cycle of life. It is also known as a rune of protection.
Imbolc, (pronounced "IM-bulk" or "EM-bowlk"), also called Oimealg,
("IM-mol'g), by the Druids, is the festival of the lactating sheep.
It is derived from the Gaelic word "oimelc" which means "ewes milk".
Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs
are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of
Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point
of the dark half of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March
21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. Brighid's snake emerges from
the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Ground Hog Day),
and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth.
The Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on this Sabbat. Straw Brideo'gas (corn dollies) are
created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young
girls then carry the Brideo'gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from
each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn
wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to
see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid's Crosses are fashioned from
wheat stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and pro sperity in the coming year.
Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize
sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each
room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun.
Another traditional symbol of Imbolc is the plough. In some areas, this is the first day of ploughing in
preparation of the first planting of crops. A decorated plough is dragged from door to door, with costumed
children following asking for food, drinks, or money. Should they be refused, the household is paid back
by having its front garden ploughed up. In other areas, the plough is decorated and then Whiskey, the
"water of life" is poured over it. Pieces of cheese and bread are left by the plough and in the newly turned
furrows as offerings to the nature spirits. It is considered taboo to cut or pick plants during this time.
Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are 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. All Virgin and Maiden Goddesses
are honored at this time.
Made by Shabby Witch
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