(Note from Daven: As you know, I am a member of Ancientsites, and as such, and being a Druid there, I sometimes have to do research on different holidays for the celebrations going on there. This is the compiled information on Imbolic. I gave this to my superior, one Ninian Cuchulainn for use in writing the celebration for use on the public boards.)
Compiled Imbolic Information
Credit this to Shannon Iceni
A good book on the Druids…’The World of the Druids” by Green has a little bit about Imbolic.
Celebrated Feb 1st it Celebrates the first sign of spring the lactation of the ewes. Imbolic means purification. This Sabbat was closely associated with the Irish Goddess Brigit who later became a Christian saint. So it is closely related to purification and possibly connected to luring the sun back to the earth using fire as a tool in sympathetic magic.
Another reference, although not as scholarly (sp?) , is McCoy’s “The Sabbats”. There is a reference to a lit wheel of the year later mutating to a crown of flowers on the maids head. ..