The Book Witch Celebrates Imbolc

With winter moving past its peak, magical beings, like you and me, are dreaming of spring. Imbolc (pronounced IM-bohlk...meaning "Ewe's milk), is the first pagan holiday of the new year. I like to keep the Sabbats and Esbats simple around here.

Here are a few ways to add a little book magic to your day this Imbolc without too much fuss.


Imbolc is celebrated most years on February 1st. It is the halfway point between Yule and Ostara, the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is a festival marking the beginning of spring—a time of celebration for the ending of winter, planning gardens, and celebrating Earth's rebirth or new beginnings as the worst of the cold and bad weather has passed. It provides a wonderful opportunity to clear out the old energy of winter and bring new life into writing practice and new book projects.


You don't have to make a big to-do about celebrating Imbolc. Keep it simple and fun. Focus on your home and making a cozy space for writing.

Celebrate the book on your heart:

This is a perfect time of year to begin a book project.

The rest and daydreams of winter are giving way to a Spring of new beginnings. As Mother Earth awakens, so can your book ideas. Focus on the idea that gives you the most energy.

  • Which book idea gives you a bone-knowing zing?

  • Validate the idea with your audience. Ask them what they think.

  • Research and Learn. If you're unfamiliar with self-publishing or publishing in general, do some research. Learn everything you can about the writing craft.

  • Thought Dump & Heart Storm. Get all of your thoughts about your book out of your head. You may want a journal, Google Doc, the notes feature on your phone, or a combination of these.

  • Outline and Plan. The time for DOING will come soon enough. Imbolc holds the whispers of messages on the Winds for slow movement toward the book of your dreams.

Celebrate Your Creativity:

Create a Magical Poppet for your Book project. Download the Instructions.

Celebrate Hearth and Home:

  • Create a space with an enchanted atmosphere for your writing practice

  • Light a fire in the fireplace

  • Light white candles

  • Plan your spring garden

  • Give your home a good spring cleaning and cleansing

Celebrate the Natural World:

  • Listen to the messages on the Winds

  • Go for a walk to clear your mind

  • Talk to the trees

  • Prepare your garden (inside and out) for the season of planting seeds and idea seeds.

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