Imbolc is a holiday that happens around February 1st or 2nd each year. It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. This is often represented through the symbolism of lighting candles, torches and fire in general. This is a purifying time, to get rid of the old and in with the new.
For Faeries, the Candlelight Moon represents the second Moon of the year during the month of February. This moon phase moves past the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
Candles are lit to represent the warming of the earth as the frosts melt away and green shoots poke out of the frozen ground. The real or symbolic re-lighting of the Balefire (for fae, a wellspring of glamor and magic) is performed at this time of year. It is perfect to start tilling the grounds of daily life in preparation for accomplishments to grow and manifest.
This is also the time of Carnivale, rich with the return of color and the reunion of the masculine and feminine. Find ways to invigorate yourself and your relationships by melting away the grey and weaving some iridescence into the tapestry of your life.
In celebration of the Candlelight Moon, I'm going to host a secret pal candle swap!
1) For one week (until Monday the 17th) I will collect names & addresses of anyone who wants to participate. Leave me a note and I'll contact you in private :)
2) On Monday, I will match everyone up 1-to-1.
3) Each person's job will be to either make, buy, recycle a candle to send to their pal. Don't overspend if you buy - it's the gesture that counts, not the cost :)
4) You can decorate it however you want!
If you would like to buy handmade online, here are some awesome stores that I'd suggest!
Moonlit Herbals on Artfire
White Magick Shoppe on Etsy
Share a little magic!