2nd February

Imbolc, the festival of the Maiden marks the end of winter and the beginning of Spring as the earth prepares for growth and renewal. It follows 1st February, the feast of Brigid in her maiden aspect, also celebrated as Candlemas. Imbolc is also the start of the lambing season. It translates literally as "ewes milk", a reference to new life appearing.

The illustration shows sheep and lambs grazing around the stone circle at Stanton Drew, Somerset, together with a Brigid cross, hung in both homes and byres to invoke her protection for the following year. Snowdrops and catkins denote reawakening and candles reflect purification.