Bangor area Pagans are starting to prepare for the next Sabbat. Imbolc, one of the four Greater Sabbats, falls on February second. The ritual for this holiday is usually done in the evening on February first. This is the mid-winter point. The days are growing longer. This is a time for cleansing the home, magical area, and self. It is also a time to work on creative projects and setting goals for the rest of the year. While preparing for Imbolc, Pagans will look at which foods they will eat, and rituals that they will do. They should also prepare for the decorating of their Imbolc altar. The following are some ideas for decorating an altar for Imbolc.
The altar cloth
The altar covering is important because it protects the surface. Some Pagans keep a cloth on the altar at all times. Many Pagans change the altar cloth according to the Sabbats or the seasons. A solid colored altar cloth would work well. Colors that are associated with Imbolc include; white, red, pale yellow, orange, pink, and silver. An altar cloth with a Celtic knot pattern is also a good idea. Brighid, a Celtic Goddess, is associated with Imbolc.
Imbolc is one of the Pagan fire festivals. Candles are a must while decorating the altar for this Sabbat. Set out a circle of white candles in the center of the altar. Empower each with a goal that you would like to accomplish before next Imbolc.
Buy some fake spring flowers at the Bangor A.C. Moore store. Use the flowers, some thread, and a needle to string a garland of spring flowers. Hang the garland from the outer edge of the altar. You may be able to find a pre-made flower garland at the craft store as well.
Place a newly potted plant on the altar. Leave it there until Ostara. Check on it every day to see how it grows. Plant it outside when the weather turns warm.
Brighid is the Goddess that most Pagans associate with this day. She is the Celtic Goddess of fire. Make a handmade Brighid cross for your altar. Other Imbolc crafts include; a bride’s bed, a priapic wand, and bouquet sachets.