The First of February belongs to Brigid, (Brighid, Brigit, Bride,) the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. The powerful figure of Brigid the Light-Bringer oversees both pagan and Christian celebrations. So in keeping with the traditions of the season, Light your candles on February 1st at sundown,
There are many ways to enjoy the ambiance of candle lights in your decorating. This year try creating your own candlescapes. Here are a few tips to use in creating. First the safety tips, place your candlescapes on dining room tables, mantles or coffee tables making sure they can not be bumped or affected by drafts[opening and closing of the entrance doors]. Place your candles at least 2 inches apart and it would be wise as well as decorative to place them on glass tiles, silver tiles, plates or platters, this adds to the ambiance and protect your surface too.. You are not restricted to candles only in the dining room and living room, Imbolc is a time when candles in every room is appropriate. Even your bath room can have its own small candlescape, use votive and tea lights if your bathroom counter area is too small to comfortably place pillar candles.
Having your candlescape in front of a large mirror will double the light show in that room. If your candles will be in your dining room rely on color and not scent to make your decorations pop. Colors for Imbolc are White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown. In other area scented candles are a pleasant addition. Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Jasmine are some of the scents in keeping with Imbolc. To build a truly eye-catching centerpiece, group several candles of varying heights together – at least 3 for a well-balanced look. Using same or similar color tones creates cohesiveness. If your candles are in holders feel free to add some natural components to the display. Yellow flowers,[artificial is okay], evergreen pieces, pebbles and decorative rocks scattered amongst your candlescape will give it and added pop of color and ambiance. Light candles in every room to celebrate Imbolc.
Decorate your altar with candles and evergreens for Imbolc. You may also decorate your hand gardening tools with ribbons in the appropriate colors, clear them, and bless them along with your seeds preparing for the coming planting season.