There are several foods that are associated with Imbolc including hearty winter dishes, preserves,dairy dishes and bread. Meat roasts, root vegetable and heavy sauces are great for group rituals. Deep in the winter months fresh food is harder to come by, and people would have been surviving on what was pickled. Imbolc is believed to have derived from the Gaelic world “Oilemc”, “ewe’s milk” and this became the reason for the celebration, as this was the first sign of spring., with the birth of new lambs and a new food source, milk. This was the symbol that even though things still appeared harsh, changes for the good are on the way. Any dishes that involve cream, eggs and cheese will always go down well at imbolc.
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The five of cups is one of those cards that people do not want in their reading as it is a card of sadness, grief, regret and disappointment. These will arise from taking someone for granted, or not valuing the things and people who make us feel special.
The four of cups is a sign of waiting for issues to be resolved. Pleasure in excess can lead to stagnation, and craving for things that are impossible. The four of cups is a person who is surrounded with love and devotion, who is totally happy with themselves, and has their life made.
As Yule comes, the snow may not have yet fallen, but there is a strong chill in the air. The colours for your altar, are cool blues, whites, reds and greens. Candles of wintry colours will compliment your altar and sparkles is never a bad thing. Yule is the time of the return of the sun, and so solar representations are always welcome on the altar. This could be golden disc, yellow candles, just anything that is bright and shiny. Evergreen boughs can be place on the altar as well as holly, and the yule log. Antlers or reindeer could be there as the symbols of fertility. But anything seasonal can be place on your altar, fruit and nuts, mistletoe, candy cane and bells. And many of the natural aspects can be incorporated into some crafty items for the altar, such as incense, wreaths, herb sachet and pentacle.
The three of cups represents celebration and happiness. If the question you are asking of your reading is about love, this card means the person will have a happy fling, and if the reading is about work, then you will have fun and make lots of friends at our workplace. This card is connected to the Empress and means that the person will experience a period of creativity regarding love.
The two of cups is a positive card to see in a reading. It links with the High Priestess, and can represent receiving intuitive knowledge regarding love and relationship between two people. But it can also represent learning to love all of ourselves, which includes the different aspects of our personality. Although, mainly this card is to do with external relationships. This is often seen as the card of a soul mate, someone we have a special connection with, and love unconditionally.
The Ace of Cups represents new beginnings in love and emotions. This is a good card to see as it always mean that the person will have a new start in how they live emotionally. As most things start with love, it is not surprising the same is true of the cups. This is the initial flow of love that could become a river. The seed of love is planted giving you the stirrings of passion and joy, although has yet to flower, has the potential to bring great love. However, this is only the potential and not the final outcome.