Imbolc is all about new beginnings. On the eve of Imbolc all the home fires would have been put out, cleaned out
and re-lit symbolic of the returning light of the Sun.
In keeping with this symbolism, a broom made from three sacred woods (the handle from Ash, the brush from Birch twigs and the binding cord from Willow) acting as symbolic of the three-fold aspects of the Goddess, would
be placed by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming in the new.
During the evening, an especially large candle would be lit as the family gathered around it for a feast, and as the feast progressed, plans and promises would be made to sustain them through the new season.
It was also customary at Sunset to ritually light a candle in each room of the home in honour of the Sun’s return.